Economics Major: Global Trade and Finance Option B.A.

The Atkins Investment Group presents during the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, April 25, 2014. Photo by Mike Ross
Economics Major: Global Trade and Finance Option B.A.

Program Overview

What is the global trade and finance option in the B.A. economics major?

This option explores the global trade and financial systems and their importance for understanding macroeconomics and business activity, foreign direct investments and other international capital flows, globalization, economic growth and development, international financial markets, and currency fluctuations and risk.

Why study global trade and finance at UNH?

In this option in the B.A. economics major you’ll learn about the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and other institutions undergirding the global economy. You’ll develop institutional knowledge and analytical skills to study some of the most hotly debated issues of our day, including free-trade policies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and WTO, global financial crises, Basel III and other financial reforms, European monetary union, and international policy coordination.

Potential careers

  • Commercial and investment banking
  • Financial trading
  • Portfolio management
  • Security analysis

Research and analysis position with:

  • Federal Reserve System
  • International Monetary Fund
  • U.S. State Department
  • U.S. Trade Administration
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Option in Global Trade and Finance (B.A. degree) studies the global trade and financial systems and their importance for understanding macroeconomics and business activity, foreign direct investments and other international capital flows, globalization, economic growth and development, international financial markets, and currency fluctuations and risk.

Students will learn about the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and other institutions undergirding the global economy. Students will develop institutional knowledge and analytical skills to study some of the most hotly debated issues of our day, including free-trade policies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and WTO, global financial crises, Basel III and other financial reforms, European monetary union, and international policy coordination.

The option is designed for students interested in careers at international organizations such as the IMF, WTO, World Bank, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This option also prepares students for careers in the financial services sector, including commercial and investment banking, financial trading, security analysis, portfolio management, and financial advising, and in the government sector, especially at the Federal Reserve System, U.S. Trade Administration, and U.S. State Department.

Economics Major (B.A.)

B.A. economics majors must complete nine courses in economics plus ADMN 420 Business Statistics with a grade of at least C- (1.67) in each Paul College major course and an average grade of 2.0 or better in major courses.

Freshman Year
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
Sophomore Year
ADMN 420Business Statistics4
ECON 605Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis4
or ECON 606 Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus
ECON 611Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis4
Junior and Senior Years
ECON 774Senior Economics Seminar 14
Select four (4) additional ECON electives 216
Total Credits51

Coursework in accounting is recommended but not required. B.A. economics majors may choose to focus their major electives to satisfy the requirements of one of the three options defined by the Department of Economics.

Global Trade and Finance Option Requirements

(Note: Some courses may have prerequisites that are not part of the option.)

Required courses:
ECON 645International Economics4
Select two of the following (at least one course must be an ECON course):8
ECON 635
Money and Banking
ECON 655
Innovation in the Global Economy
ECON 668
Economic Development
ECON 726
Introduction to Econometrics
ECON 746
International Finance
ECON #747
Multinational Enterprises
ACFI 703
International Financial Management 1
POLT 546
Wealth and Politics in Asia 1
POLT 561
Introduction to International Political Economy 1
GEOG 582
Global Trade and Local Development 1
Other 600-level or 700-level course, must be approved by ECON department
Total Credits12

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