Economics/Finance (Dual Program)

Economics examines the production, distribution, sales and purchases of goods and services. The study of finance is largely about learning how to make financial decisions for organizations. Learning both disciplines will optimally prepare you to monitor trends while maximizing value in virtually any business setting.

Why Choose Dual Economics/Finance?

The dual major is designed to develop a firm grasp of the relationship between economics and finance — two disciplines that will prepare you to analyze the economy and the actions of companies and financial markets.

Our program covers approximately 85% of the material on the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam — the certification needed to become a qualified investment or financial professional — and is officially recognized by the CFA Institute. Better yet, our professors will help you learn the remaining material not covered in class during free, in-house CFA review courses, so you can go into the exam feeling confident. 

The City

New York City is one of the world’s greatest economic and financial centers, and host headquarters of many global corporations, the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street banks. Finance is a competitive industry, but you will have a distinct advantage if you utilize the city’s unique resources. As an undergraduate finance major, you may have the chance to:

  • Meet with successful alumni who work in the finance industry
  • Conduct one-on-one research with a faculty member
  • Intern at a Fortune 500 company

The Facilities

The School of Business boasts a state-of-the-art finance lab outfitted with professional technology used in the industry. It is open during the day as a classroom and remains open until late in the evening for students who need to use the equipment for market-based group projects. Because class sizes are small, you often get to work with the technology individually. You have the opportunity to learn using live market data, which adds a practical element to theoretical topics. The lab includes:

  • A full-sized, real-time stock ticker
  • Two large flat panel TVs with scrolling financial data
  • HP 8200 series desktops with 22-inch dual monitors equipped with Morningstar Direct
  • 11 Bloomberg Terminals that offer:
    • Real-time and historic price data from around the world
    • Company financial data
    • Trading news
    • Analyst coverage
    • Professional analytic tools

College Fed Challenge

Our top students have the opportunity to participate in the College Fed Challenge, a rigorous academic competition hosted annually by the Federal Reserve Bank. Participating student teams analyze the current state of the U.S. economy and make a recommendation for future monetary policy actions to a panel of judges who work at the Federal Reserve Bank.

As a successful competitor in the College Fed Challenge, you gain:

  • an in-depth knowledge of macroeconomics and the role of the Federal Reserve
  • experience examining empirical data and statistical models
  • experience in public speaking and teamwork
  • an introduction into career opportunities in economics and finance
  • networking opportunities with peers from other schools, professors and Federal Reserve employee

What Will You Learn?

Choosing a dual degree in economics and finance will provide you with a strong understanding of:

  • Investment
  • Macro and microeconomics
  • Risk and return
  • Monetary policy
  • The global economic system
  • Financial analysis and reporting
  • Investments
  • Corporate structure and financing
  • Securities and derivatives markets
  • Multinational finance

Both economics and finance are offered as stand-alone majors as well as minors.  

See the Degree Requirements

What Will You Do?

The economics and finance dual degree program prepares students for careers in financial management and analysis.

The world of business is a competitive place. The professors that you learn from are competitive people. The alumni you will meet are, as well. Everyone who lives in New York, by definition, has to be competitive. That starts to rub off on you, and you realize if you want to succeed and you want to more forward, you have to take risks.

Jordi Visser ’92, President and CEO of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers