Financial Economics - BA, BS

Studying financial economics at St. Catherine University will challenge students to explore global financial systems. This major prepares students for a career in the financial sector (banking, insurance, corporate finance, investment, trusts) or securities analysis. A combination of economics and accounting courses provides the foundation for students to develop analytical skills to enter the corporate sector with a solid finance background and strong decision-making capabilities to lead and influence.

Financial economics is a popular choice as a double major for accounting students. Adding a financial economics major will prepare students to take their accounting skills into other parts of the corporate structure. Courses in financial economics are also very relevant for those who plan to sit for CPA or actuarial exams.

Qualified financial economics seniors have the opportunity to apply for articulation into the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program or the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program and enroll in up to two graduate courses (six credits). These courses serve as electives in the undergraduate program while simultaneously applying to a graduate degree or certificate. Contact the College for Women admissions office for an articulation application.

Outside of the classroom, our department works to provide all students with opportunities to enhance their St. Kate’s experience and increase the value they bring to organizations after graduation. Students can attend events hosted by the Minnesota Center for Diversity in Economics, such as “Socialism vs. Capitalism” or “The Economics of Immigration.”  Economics Club is an outlet for students to engage with other passionate peers and local events. For example, students organize an annual trip to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Moreover, students can gain practical experience through an internship in their major’s field. Students majoring in financial economics have interned at large and small corporations in the Twin Cities area, including KPMG, Wells Fargo, 3M, Lucent Technologies, Green Tree Financial, Baird, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Career opportunities in financial economics are very good and will remain strong in the future, especially for women with solid quantitative backgrounds. If students are interested in translating their talents in mathematics and business into a career, a financial economics major can prove very lucrative. Graduates have accepted jobs at institutions such as Wells Fargo, the Royal Bank of Canada, Retek Corporation, Merrill Lynch, St. Paul Travelers, Ecolab and First Bank. Some alumnae continue on to graduate programs in economics, or business administration.


See also: Economics, International Business and Economics

This major is offered in the College for Women only.


ACCT 3202Business Finance2
ACCT 3212Advanced Finance2
ECON 1090Statistical Analysis for Decision Making4
Choose two from:8
Economics of Social Issues
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Choose one from:4
Quantitative Impact Evaluation: Applied Research Skills
ECON 3350Financial Markets and Institutions4
ECON 3460WGlobal Financial Issues4
ECON 3480WInternational Economics: Trade and Immigration4
ECON 3650Cost-Benefit Analysis4
ECON 4850Theory to Action4
Choose one of the following:4
Social Entrepreneurship
Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
Total Credits44
Required Supporting Courses
ACCT 2110Financial Accounting4
ACCT 2130Managerial Accounting4
Total Credits8

NOTE: ECON 3610 Microeconomic Theory or ECON 3620 Macroeconomic Theory can substitute for any upper-division ECON course.

Financial economics majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing ECON 3460W Global Financial Issues and ECON 3480W International Economics: Trade and Immigration. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, and CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice).