Economics Major: Money and Financial Markets Option B.A.

Paul College Conference 2017
Economics Major: Money and Financial Markets Option B.A.

What is the money and financial markets option in the B.A. economics major?

This option explores the complex and interdependent nature of money and financial markets.

Why study money and financial markets at UNH?

In this option in the B.A. economics major you’ll develop institutional knowledge and analytical skills to understand the role of the financial system in society, fluctuations and risk in asset markets, including those for bonds, stocks, and currency, and how financial derivatives, such as futures, options and swaps contracts, can be used to hedge risk. You also will study the conduct and implications of monetary policy, exploring the merits of quantitative easing, macroprudential policy aimed at reducing systemic risk, and other key issues involving the role of the state in the financial system.

Potential careers

  • Commercial and investment banking
  • Financial advising
  • Financial trading
  • Portfolio management
  • Securities analysis

Research and analysis positions with:

  • Federal Reserve System
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • U.S. Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and State

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Option in Money and Financial Markets (B.A. degree) explores the complex and interdependent nature of money and financial markets. Students will develop institutional knowledge and analytical skills to understand the role of the financial system in society, fluctuations and risk in asset markets, including those for bonds, stocks, and currency, and how financial derivatives, such as futures, options, and swaps contracts, can be used to hedge risk. Students will also study the conduct and implications of monetary policy, exploring the merits of quantitative easing, macroprudential policy aimed at reducing systemic risk, and other key issues involving the role of the state in the financial system.

The option is designed for students wanting 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, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the U.S. departments of Treasury, Commerce, and State.

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.

Money and Financial Markets Option Requirements

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

Required courses:
ECON 635Money and Banking4
Select two of the following (at lease one course must be an ECON course):8
Microfinance
International Economics
Introduction to Econometrics
International Finance
Investments Analysis (ADMN 570 pre-req, by permission only) 1
International Financial Management (ADMN 570 pre-req, by permission only) 1
Financial Institutions (ADMN 570 pre-req, by permission only) 1
Other 600-level or 700-level course, must be approved by ECON Dept.
Total Credits12

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