To earn the Financial Economics minor, students must take the five required courses and two electives, but be aware that some of the required and elective courses have prerequisites. Except for the two Elements courses and Micro Theory, the courses tend to be taught in a single section offered once per year, so you’ll need to plan ahead. Find more detailed information on the online course catalog.

There is no Financial Economics major. One cannot pursue both the Economics minor and the Financial Economics minor. For economics majors taking the FE minor, there is a double-counting restriction: the two electives for the minor cannot count for the economics major. 

Required classes and terms

  • 180.101 Elements of Macro. (Fall and Spring)
  • 180.102 Elements of Micro. (Fall and Spring)
  • 180.301 Micro Theory (Fall and Spring)
  • 180.263 Corporate Finance (Spring)
  • 180.367 Investments (Spring)

Note: 180.367 Investments has Statistics I as a prerequisite and Micro Theory (180.301) requires Calculus I.

Regularly-offered electives

  • 180.219 Investing as a Liberal Art (Fall)
  • 180.260 Real Estate Economics and Finance (Fall)
  • 180.261 Monetary Analysis (Fall)
  • 180.266 Financial Markets and Institutions (Fall)
  • 180.303 Topics in International Macroeconomics (Fall)
  • 180.238 Rethinking Econ after the Great Recession (Both)
  • 180.231 Debates in Macroeconomics (Spring)
  • 180.242 International Monetary Economics (Spring)
  • 180.285 Information and Investing Seminar (Spring)
  • 180.311 Demystifying Alternative Investments: A Firsthand Look at the Alternative Investment Industry (Spring)
  • 180.336 Macroeconomic Strategies (Spring)
  • EN.660.203 Financial Accounting (Both)

Note: Some of the FE minor electives have prerequisites. For example, Macroeconomic Theory is required for both Macro. Strategies and Topics in International Macro. and Finance. 

We regularly also have special elective courses for the minor, taught once, or perhaps a few times.