Note: concentrations are effective for fall 2019. Current students taking coursework for a specialization should contact Student Services for assistance and more info.

For Economics and Finance majors, no overlap between major and concentration classes is permitted

Economics Major

Econometrics Concentration

Econometrics connects many academic disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, economics, finance, and business studies, and is primarily concerned with the science and art of using economics theory and statistical techniques to analyse economic data. The Econometrics and Quantitative Economics concentration provides students with quantitative economics reasoning and prepares them for analytical positions in industry and government, as well as to enter a graduate program of studies. Students will learn how to use econometrics methods to understand consumer behavior, markets, and industries. In addition, students will learn how to use game theory and experimental methods commonly used in psychology to understand individual and interactive decision making.

The Econometrics and Quantitative Economics concentration is restricted to Economics majors only.

Economic Policy Concentration

The Economic Policy concentration provides students with a broad set of competencies and a broad range of applications of economics theory, with a focus on evaluating economic policies and measuring the success or failure of government programs.  Students can choose courses that will help explore various areas including law, trade, competition, monetary, environment, healthcare, labor, and development. Students will be prepared for careers in industry and government, as well as graduate studies in law, business, and public policy.

The Economic Policy concentration is restricted to Economics majors only.

Finance Major

Banking & Financial Services Concentration

The Banking and Financial Services concentration provides undergraduate students the background of the institutional and regulatory environment, and management issues facing financial institutions.  Students will learn the basic theories of financial intermediation and will be able to distinguish the various services financial institutions provide.  Students will also learn how to identify and analyze the different types of risks faced by financial institutions (focusing on interest rate risk, market risk, liquidity, and credit risk).  Theories and techniques available for measuring and managing these risks will be studied.  The sequence of courses aims to develop a knowledge of the banking and financial services such to prepare the students for entry-level positions within the financial services sector.

The Banking and Financial Services concentration is restricted to Finance majors only.

Financial Engineering Concentration

The Financial Engineering concentration equips students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to measure and manage various market risks, including foreign exchange, interest rate, equity price, commodity price, as well as many others. Students in this concentration will learn state-of-the-art quantitative techniques for efficiently and effectively managing market risks. With these capabilities, students will be able to contribute to optimal management of a host of entities, including global corporations, municipalities, pension funds, endowments, among the others.

The Financial Engineering concentration is restricted to Finance majors only.

Value Investing Concentration

The Value Investing concentration provides students with a strong foundation for examining the critical aspects of investing decisions, including generating good ideas, conducting fundamental business and industry research, analyzing financial statements, and credibly estimating what businesses and companies are worth. The focus is on practical applications. Students will be prepared for a broad range of business careers, including investment management, investment banking, private equity, management consulting, corporate business development, corporate finance and entrepreneurship.

The Value Investing concentration is restricted to Finance majors only.