Department of Economics, Finance and Global Business


The Department of Economics, Finance, and Global Business provides the knowledge and skills required for student success. For this purpose, we continuously elevate the quality of our programs and develop new offerings to meet the needs of the industry. We offer BS degrees in finance, financial planning and global business. We also offer BA in economics and a minor in economics.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Economics
    The major in economics provides students with a broad conceptual framework for understanding the interaction between consumers, businesses, workers, and governments. Students majoring in economics develop an understanding of traditional economic topics such as consumption, production, unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, market structure, and factors determining countries’ economic growth as well as recessions. Familiarity and literacy in economics can assist in guiding the development of policies to address contemporary issues as varied as healthcare, education, sports, crime, income distribution, the impact of globalization, and the relation between economic growth, social fairness, and environmental sustainability.
  • BS in Finance
    Finance deals with the "lifeblood" of an organization, that is, its cash flow. Finance majors learn how to raise, manage, and invest cash to maximize firm value with acceptable risk. In addition to developing critical corporate skills to maximize the value of a corporation, finance majors learn to analyze companies from a portfolio management perspective. Specialized coursework in securities analysis and portfolio management provides students with practical insights into capital markets and banking.
  • BS in Financial Planning
    In this program, students will gain an understanding of performing financial planning services while acting as their clients’ fiduciary. The BS in financial planning features a curriculum that is balanced between general education, core business concepts, and financial planning education. Financial planning includes several core concepts including planning for education spending, planning for retirement spending, investment/wealth management, insurance planning, household tax planning, budgeting, and estate planning. Our curriculum also includes exposure to cutting-edge technology in the financial planning industry.
  • BS in Global Business Studies
    Students pursuing a BS in global business will learn about the working of a firm and the economy in the global context. The program straddles across various areas of study including international trade, growth and development of economies, international marketing and management, global supply chain, and international finance. The program and its content is continuously updated to keep up with the dynamic global environment and prepares the students to thrive in an international setting. Global business students work closely with the Global Financial Services Institute and its Financial Learning Center for the purpose of integrating area-specific software and technology into relevant core business learning areas.
  • Minor in Economics
    A minor in economics strengthens a degree by providing an understanding of micro and macro economic principles. Students are free to pursue electives in fields such as banking, healthcare, and managerial economics to complete the major.
  • MBA with concentration in Finance
    The MBA concentration in finance is designed to prepare students for key leadership roles in business. Finance professionals work with budgets, corporate mergers and acquisitions, trade markets, derivative securities, and other business disciplines. In the finance concentration, students apply mathematical aptitude to a variety of values in corporate and small business.
The Cotsakos College of Business offers a BS degree in business administration, which provides students with the knowledge and skills that are required in today's complex business environment. The finance program prepares students to pursue careers in banking, government, or other financial institutions. The global business program prepares successful graduates to compete in diversified global markets and internationally oriented enterprises. Management prepares students for human resources, operations, or strategic organizational and planning positions. Marketing students learn to effectively manage the delivery and provision of goods through various, increasingly complex distribution channels.

Department Spotlight


Stephanie Spies '17 researched the financial literacy of two-year and four-year college students, finding that both groups can benefit from financial literacy initiatives. She plans a career as a certified public accountant and as a certified financial planner.