The Department of Finance and Economics of the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University-San Marcos is a multidisciplinary department teaching courses in finance, economics and business law. The department's two major areas include the closely related disciplines of finance and economics.
Finance addresses the behavior and determinants of securities prices, portfolio management and the management of corporate and public funds. In addition, the relationships among monetary policy, the banking system and financial markets are analyzed.
Economics studies the use of scarce resources to satisfy unlimited wants. The department’s introductory courses meet the need for basic economic and legal understanding in a complex modern society, whereas the upper-division finance, economics and business law courses build upon this foundation.
Students completing one of the three curricula offered by the department earn a bachelor of business administration with a major in either economics or finance, or they may earn a bachelor of arts with a major in economics.
Finance graduates pursue careers in financial management, banking and other financial institutions, the securities industry, financial planning and real estate. Students interested in obtaining the Certified Financial Planner designation should contact the chair of the department.
Economics graduates follow career paths similar to finance majors. Those with the bachelor of arts degree often enter graduate or law school.
In addition to finance and economics majors, the department offers additional programs and certifications including:
- The certificate in financial planning
- The College of Business Latin American Business Studies curriculum
- Course credit for certain internship opportunities