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Finance Minors

The minor in Finance is a six-course interdisciplinary minor that gives students a foundation in the formal economics of financial markets and supplements that foundation with important mathematical and philosophical tools. The courses in the minor introduce the study of intertemporal pricing, theoretical and empirical analysis of decision-making under uncertainty, and both positive and normative issues in settings of asymmetric information.

As described below, the six courses in the minor include three core classes, two electives, and a capstone seminar. Within this structure, Economics 50 may not be double-counted for both a Finance Minor and either an Economics or Quantitative Economics Concentration. Either Economics 157 or Philosophy 197 may be taken in connection with a concurrent internship with the consent of the course instructor and the Finance Minor advisor. At most, one Finance Minor elective may be double-counted as an Economics or Quantitative Economics major elective. In addition to the six courses that comprise the Finance Minor formally, students with a strong and clear interest in a finance industry career should consider taking Economics 3, Financial Accounting, or its equivalent. No more than two courses, regardless of SHUs, used toward the minor may be used toward a foundation, distribution, or concentration requirement.

The Minor in Finance requires the completion of six (6) courses as follows (a minimum grade of C- or higher is required):

  1. Three Core Classes:
    1. Economics 50: Introduction to Finance
    2. Mathematics 32: Calculus 1
    3. Either Philosophy 24/Civil Studies 14: Introduction to Ethics
      OR Philosophy 38: Rational Choice
  2. Electives – any two of the following:
    1. ELS103 Entrepreneurial Finance
    2. Economics 150: Financial Economics
    3. Economics 151: Monetary Economics
    4. Economics 152: Topics in Money & Finance
    5. Economics 154: Uncertainty Methods in Economics and Finance
    6. Economics 159: Quantitative Financial Economics
    7. Economics 169: Quantitative International Finance
  3. Capstone Class – One of the following:
    1. Economics 157: Topics in Finance and Entrepreneurship
    2. Philosophy 197: Ethics, Law, and Society

Students wishing to receive academic credit for an economics or finance-related internship should discuss the internship with their advisor prior to seeking credit. Generally, if the work is relevant to a student's studies in economics or finance, it may be possible to earn one unit of pass/fail credit. The credit will not count toward the major (or minor), but will count as general credit towards graduation. Credit is awarded upon completion of the internship and the submission of an acceptable paper connecting the internship work with a topic in economics or finance. To avoid any misunderstandings, any student interested in receiving credit for an internship should submit a proposal to the advisor BEFORE the start of the internship and get the proposal approved.

For questions about the Minor in Finance, please contact Professor of the Practice Christopher Manos, who serves as program advisor.

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