Economics - Asset Management Concentration (B.A.)

Majoring in Economics with a concentration in Asset Management is a unique opportunity for students to combine economics with finance tools and become analytically and technically prepared for a career in asset management or a related field. This interdisciplinary concentration is provided in collaboration with the Accounting and Finance Department. This program is ideal for students who are mainly interested in learning the fundamentals of economics but wish to also gain training in finance. Students will develop analytical skills by creating models that link numerous economic factors with fair value, risk and returns, and the financing of various assets.
The program is flexible in terms of opting in and out of the concentration and completing the standard economics major without any delay in degree completion.
Economics majors with an Asset Management concentration pursue careers in:

  • Finance and banking
  • Consulting
  • Private and Public sectors
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Graduate studies or law school

Admission Criteria:
● Economics Major GPA – 2.5, if transferring from Economics Major to this program
● Overall GPA – 2.5, if entering/transferring from any other program

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements30
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements51
Free Electives36-30
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Economics Major
Core Courses
ECON 101Applied Macroeconomics3
ECON 102Applied Microeconomics3
ECON 203Fundamental Mathematics for Economics3
ECON 207Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis3
or ECON 206 Managerial Economics
ECON 208Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis3
ECON 390Applied Econometrics3
ECON 438Advanced Seminar in Economics3
Major Electives
Complete one course from the list below. Courses taken as part of the Asset Management concentration cannot also count toward this requirement.3
Asset Management Concentration
Concentration Core
ACCT 201Fundamentals of Financial Accounting3
ECON 324Capital Markets and Financial Institutions3
FINC 322Corporate Finance3
FINC 326Investments3
FINC 430Financial Derivatives3
Concentration Electives
Complete two courses from the following:6
Money and Banking
Global Economies and Markets
Public Finance
Securities Industry Essentials
Blockchain and Cryptoassets for Finance
Student Managed Fund
Mortgage and Fixed Income Analysis
Real Estate Investments
Collateral Courses
INFO 173Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions3
INFO 240Statistical Methods in Business3
Career Learning
BUGN 310Campus to Career Transition I0
BUGN 320Campus To Career Transition II0
Total Credits51

Major Electives

ECON 201Data Analysis Tools in Economics and Business3
ECON 215The Economics of Social Problems3
ECON 224Financial Economics3
ECON 240Economics of Time and Mind3
ECON 301Money and Banking3
ECON 303Economic Growth and Development3
ECON 308Public Finance3
ECON 310Urban and Regional Economics3
ECON 311Labor Economics3
ECON 314Development of Economic Thought3
ECON 317Optimization Methods for Economics3
ECON 322Health Economics and Policy3
ECON 370International Economics3
ECON 381Global Economies and Markets3
ECON 395Business Forecasting and Analytics3
ECON 398Economics Independent Study1-3
ECON 403Comparative Economic Systems3
ECON 405Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa3
ECON 408Strategic Thinking and Game Theory3
ECON 414Economics of Natural Resources and Global Warming3
ECON 422Globalization and World Development3
ECON 430International Macroeconomic Policy3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions (Fulfilled in the major.)
H. Mathematics
Statistical Methods in Business (Fulfilled in the major.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Applied Macroeconomics (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Applied Microeconomics (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits30

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3World Language 13
ECON 1013INFO 1733
ECON 1023ECON 2033
MATH 100 (if needed or Free Elective)3 
 16 15
Second Year
World Language 2 or Free Elective3BUGN 3200
BUGN 3100GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3
INFO 2403ECON 324 or FINC 2213
ECON 207 or 2063ECON 3903
ECON 2083Free Elective3
ACCT 2013Free Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3
FINC 3223ECON 4383
Concentration Elective 13FINC 3263
World Cultures (or Free Elective if not needed)3Concentration Elective 23
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory4GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1Major Elective3
FINC 4303Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 14 15
Total Credits 120