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Economics/Finance Major

Economics/Finance Major

As an economics/finance major at Merrimack College, you will examine the inter-relationships between the economy and the financial sector.

Should I Major in Economics or Finance?

Our multidisciplinary major offers you a unique opportunity to develop a strong foundation in economics and finance while examining financial markets and the economic system from business and liberal arts perspectives. You’ll earn your bachelor of arts degree in economics/finance combining the core requirements in economics with the core requirements in finance.

Economics/Finance Major: Why Merrimack College?

Our economics and finance major stands out for preparing well-rounded liberal arts and business students. Choose Merrimack if you seek:

Two Disciplines Rolled into One Major

You no longer have to explore finance and economics double major options or compare a finance vs. economic major. As an economics/finance major, you get a unique, blended major incorporating elements from Merrimack’s School of Liberal Arts and the Girard School of Business.

A Top-20-Ranked College in U.S. News & World Report For Undergraduate Teaching

Merrimack was ranked 16th in Undergraduate Teaching in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings. Merrimack also earned a Top 50 spot in the 2021 Best Regional Northeast Colleges list. See Merrimack Awards

Connections with Economics and Financial Professionals

Our faculty members, as well as Merrimack’s O’Brien Center for Career Development, have active partnerships throughout the business world and with economists and financial professionals.

Practical Knowledge and Hands-on Learning

Merrimack’s experiential learning curriculum encourages case-based assignments and examination of real-world projects where you’ll address complex problems and craft innovative solutions.

Economics/Finance Degree: What You’ll Learn

Merrimack’s economics/finance major is designed to develop your interdisciplinary skills. Our degree equips you with the expertise to not only understand how the economy works, but how the financial sector of the economy functions and how both sectors impact each other in a global setting.

You’ll learn specific job market skills, including an understanding of basic accounting practices, sales and marketing techniques, interest rate determination, the relationships between various interest rates, asset price analysis, exchange rate analysis, financial investment practices, risk and return analysis, risk hedging, personal financial management and portfolio management in a global economy.

Our economics and finance major will also provide you with a full suite of knowledge:

  • You’ll study the causes and consequences of national economic events and their ties to economic policy, financial markets and financial sector developments.
  • You’ll become well versed in basic factual knowledge of the U.S. economy, financial instruments, the financial sector of the U.S economy, the world economy and global financial markets.
  • You’ll sharpen your analytical skills, critical thinking abilities and speaking and writing techniques.
  • You’ll examine the social relationships involved in resource allocation, production, exchange, distribution,  asset valuation and asset management.
  • You’ll study historical events and the development of economic theory. 
  • You’ll develop your knowledge in numeracy, including deriving and interpreting quantitative measurements, especially those that relate to financial analyses.

Hands-on Learning 

You will bring your learning to life in the Mucci Capital Markets Lab and the Financial Capability Center. You can also exercise and demonstrate your skills by completing in-depth research through internships and directed studies programs.

Economics/Finance Jobs

There are a wide range of jobs for finance and economic majors. Because Merrimack’s economics and finance major is rooted in the liberal arts, career choices are abundant in fields such as business, finance, education and teaching, law and public policy.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the job outlook is “faster than average” for economists and “faster to much faster than average” for finance-related jobs, specifically noting the occupations of a financial analyst and a financial planner. Potential occupations include:

  • Actuary
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mathematician and Statistician
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Political Scientist
  • Post-Secondary Teacher
  • Survey Researcher
  • Urban and Regional Planner

Economics/Finance Major: What You’ll Take

You will earn a bachelor of arts degree in economics/finance. The economics/finance major is interdisciplinary combining the core requirements in economics with core requirements in finance.

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Economics/Finance Required Core

Foundation Core
MTH 1115 - Calculus and Quantitative Methods for Business Credits: 4
BUS 2213 - Business Statistics Credits: 4
Economics Core
ECO 1203 - Principles of Microeconomics Credits: 4
ECO 1204 - Principles of Macroeconomics Credits: 4
ECO 2201 - Intermediate Micro-Economics Credits: 4
ECO 2202 - Intermediate Macro-Economics Credits: 4
ECO 3310 - Money and Finance Credits: 4
Finance Core
BUS 1100 - Introduction to Business Credits: 4
BUS 2203 - Accounting for Business Credits: 4
BUS 2215 - Managerial Finance Credits: 4
FIN 3315 - Corporate Finance Credits: 4
FIN 3325 - Investments Credits: 4


Economics/Finance Electives

ECO 3303 - Sustainable Development Credits: 4

ECO 3306 - International Economics Credits: 4
ECO 3307 - Labor Economics Credits: 4
ECO 3308 - Managerial Economics Credits: 4
ECO 3311 - Public Finance Credits: 4
ECO 3312 - The History of Economic Thought Credits: 4
ECO 3313 - Econometrics Credits: 4
ECO 4800 - Directed Study Credits: 4
FIN 3500 - Fieldwork in Financial Coaching Credits: 4 or FIN 3550
FIN 4315 - Financial Markets and Institutions Credits: 4
FIN 4406 - International Financial Management Credits: 4
FIN 4431 - Applied Corporate Finance Credits: 4
FIN 4435 - Financial Planning Credits: 4
FIN 4800 - Directed Study in Finance Credits: 4
FIN 4900 - Special Topics in Finance Credits: 4
FINXXXX Financial Valuation Credits: 4
FINXXXX Student Managed Fund Credits: 4