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Finance: Concentration Economics

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Why study Finance: Concentration Economics at APSU?

Finance is one out of five of the most in demand degrees according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Finance can be defined as the art and science of managing money. The field of finance is integral to almost every facet of business enterprise. It is also a vital aspect of government operations and has an effect on our daily lives. Virtually all organizations and individuals raise money and decide how to spend and invest it. Finance is concerned with the entire process of obtaining the money that organizations or individuals need, and spending and investing that money in the most efficient manner.

What will I learn?

The concentration in economics will prepare students to think critically and become creative problem solvers.  Students will learn to collect, assess, and interpret data consistent with modern economic theory.  Economics examines the functioning of markets, the determination of prices and distribution of income, and the overall level of income and rates of unemployment and inflation.  The economic concentration is also of value to those who are interested in pursuing a career in business, finance, and the public sector. 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What Do Finance: Concentration Economics Majors Do After Graduation?

An Economics degree could potentially help you land one of these jobs:

  • Economist
  • Credit/Budget  Analyst
  • Economic Consultant
  • Financial Planner
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Actuary
  • Financial Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Actuary