The Economics and Finance major prepares students for careers in general business, government, the financial services industry, financial management, and for advanced studies in economics and finance.
The program is designed to cover much of the content of the examinations required for certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Our program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management and business education. It represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide, and it recognizes that the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business offers high-quality business programs. Processes are in place to ensure continuous improvement in the future. Therefore students and alumni can be proud of earning a degree from an institution that has taken its place among other world-wide leaders in business education.
Minor in This Program
The Economics Minor enables students to conduct a systematic study of economics as part of their undergraduate education and/or prepare themselves for graduate studies in economics, law, public administration or business. This program is not directed only at business majors. It can be a valuable complement to other majors such as Political Science, Sociology, Public Administration, Pre-Law Studies, or Mass-Communications. If students are interested in graduate studies in economics, it is strongly recommended that they take additional course work in Calculus and Statistics.
All courses are three credit-hour courses:
|EC-211||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|EC-212||Principles of Microeconomics|
|One additional 3-credit course at the 300/400-level in Economics|
Declaring A Minor
Shenandoah students work with their Academic Advisor to declare a minor. Academic Advisors will continue to work with students to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements to complete the minor.
Incoming students should not indicate their intended minor on their Shenandoah application. Applications are for intended majors only.
The Career Services office helps place Shenandoah students in internships related to their major and career goals. Internships differentiate you as an applicant in your future job searches, gives you hands on experience in your field, allows you to sample different career paths for your major, and helps your find a specific position that fits your passion before graduation.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Career and Salary Examples for Economics and Finance Majors:
- Financial Analyst: $40,455 - $75,158
- Business Analyst: $42,500 - $67,046
- Senior Financial Analyst: $60,077 - $98,633
- Operations Manager: $40,268 - $121,182
- Management Consultant: $99,750
- Data Analyst: $48,750
The Career Services Office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
Students complete the same initial requirements that those in the general BBA program do as listed below:
- General Education – 30 credit hours
- Non-Business Electives – 24 credit hours
- Business Core – 42 credit hours
In addition, students majoring in Economics & Finance are required to complete the following courses:
Intermediate Economics I
Intermediate Economics II
Money & Banking
Investment & Portfolio Management
One other Economics/Finance Course at the 300/400-level or a Business Internship
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
There’s a special bond between Byrd School of Business students and their professors. Students enjoy close professional relationships with academically and professionally experienced faculty who mentor them in and out of the classroom. This remains a hallmark of a Shenandoah University business education. Students also benefit from our executive-in-residence who works with both professors and students to broaden the student’s focus beyond the classroom.
M.B.A. Program Director and Associate Professor of EconomicsFull Biography
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance Business SchoolFull Biography
Clifford F. Thies
Eldon R. Lindsey Professor of Economics and FinanceFull Biography
Associate Professor of FinanceFull Biography
Students interested in this program should also look into these other majors, graduate degrees, minors, and certificates.
These minors complement this program well:
You may want to think about enhancing your degree with these certificates that pair well with this program:
Continue your education by earning a graduate degree:
Shenandoah University works on rolling admissions and accepts applications throughout the year. Applications are reviewed individually and holistically.
Submit your application, review required admissions materials, and find our admissions standards.
Fast-Track To Your MBA
4 + 1 Option
Students enrolled in Shenandoah’s four-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program can take advantage of the new 4 + 1 option to earn an MBA with one additional year of classes.
2 + 2 + 1 Option
Transfer students with two years of college credits can take advantage of the 2 + 2 + 1 option that allows them to transition from an associate of arts degree in business degree to the BBA degree and subsequently to the MBA degree — all in five years.
Make studying abroad the highlight of your college experience! Whether you go for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks, you will never forget learning in another culture! The Center for International Programs is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. Start your planning early to ensure the courses you complete abroad count toward your degree and you graduate on time.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.
Business students looking to study abroad should consider studying at Audencia. Located in the city of Nantes, France, 2 hours from Paris, Audencia is an AACSB accredited university that specializes in courses in Business and Mass Communications.
Short Term Exchange Program
The January Business exchange program with SU partner university Audencia in France provides an experience of a lifetime while completing undergraduate or graduate credit hours. Through coursework, city tours, and company visits, you will have the opportunity to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of European management practices and the European market. All courses are taught in English.