Below are short descriptions of some programs that are offered by the Department of Economics, Finance and Legal Studies that are primarily directed toward outstanding students. The Finance and Economics Programs have attracted some of the most outstanding undergraduate students in the University. In addition, our Master of Science in Finance has attracted many of our most highly qualified graduate students. We have several options in the programs that have been in place for several years and we have recently added new programs that may be of interest to you.

For the programs listed below, we are looking for students who wish to take a curriculum that is far more challenging than usual. These programs generally require the additional math classes that are necessary for advanced graduate work. A brief description of the various options is given below. If you are interested in one of these programs, please email Dixie Hamner at dhamner@culverhouse.ua.edu

Quantitative Finance

The curriculum for quantitative finance contains all the core finance classes plus basic engineering math classes. This is an excellent major for those who have a strong quantitative background and wish to study finance. It is excellent training for graduate school and for some of the more technical areas of employment in finance.

Quantitative Economics

Our regular economics program is quite flexible and can accommodate students who plan to take the usual sequence of math classes; however, we advise all of our students to take as much math as possible. Taking more math classes expands your opportunity for additional work in economics. The quantitative economics curriculum incorporates the math requirements that the faculty believe are necessary for students who want to pursue a Ph.D. in economics.

Double major in Finance and Math

This course of study is very similar to the Quantitative Finance major. This option requires a few additional math classes that permit students to receive both majors. Graduates in these majors have a wide range of opportunities for graduate study and employment.

Double major in Economics and Math

Students who are interested in studying math often look to apply their study to the “real world” and economics is an excellent venue for those applications. Likewise, advanced study in economics often requires rigorous training in math. This degree satisfies both of those needs and is outstanding preparation for those who plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree in economics.

The University Scholars Program

The University Scholars program allows the department to identify students with outstanding potential at an early stage of their undergraduate program and invite them into a program that leads to both the undergraduate degree in Finance or Economics and a Masters degree (MS Finance/MA Economics/ MS Statistics) usually within 4 years of starting the Undergraduate program.

Certificate in Analytical Excellence

This certificate is for those students who have completed the regular calculus sequence and 3 additional analytical classes. This signals to employers and other that the holders of this certificate has made a conscience effort to develop their analytical skills.

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