The mission of the Department of Economics and Finance is to teach students the foundations of economics and finance theory and methodology with a global perspective on markets and the institutional environment.
The department offers programs which lead to the BBA degree with majors in either economics or finance and to the BS degree with a major in economics. The BS degree is offered through the College of Liberal Arts.
The economics major will interest those considering careers in business, education, government, and law. Concentrations in public finance and labor relations are available.
The finance major program focuses on the financial sectors of modern economies. Students are provided with the needed analytical foundations and with an introduction to financial processes and institutions. Within the finance major, students may select a concentration in business finance, financial institution management, insurance, or real estate.
Students majoring in economics and finance are well prepared for careers in the private business sector and public service and for further graduate studies.
The department houses the Weatherford Chair of Finance and the Martin Chair of Insurance. Holders of the two chairs are charged with promoting study leading to careers in financial institution management and insurance, respectively.
The department offers minors in economics, industrial relations, economics/finance, finance, real estate, insurance, and real estate/insurance.
The department also offers a Master of Arts in economics and a Doctor of Philosophy in economics. The program advisor for the two programs is Charles Baum, (615) 898-2525.