Financial Economics


The discipline of economics is intended to identify and understand important economic problems and to provide the tools needed for the critical analysis of these problems and for dealing with them in practice. Financial Economics is a branch of economics that focuses upon monetary activities as well as the allotment and use of economic resources in an unsure environment. The narrow objective of the minor is to provide students with training in the conceptual framework, guiding concepts, and technical tools of modern finance. The broader goal is to provide insights into the large and the small-the macro and micro-of how this framework helps us understand the workings of the economy. On the micro side, the courses integrate practical details of real-world financial markets and institutions. On the macro side, coursework will address how financial decisions affect and are affected by the broader economy.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

The Center for Financial Economics blends the study of finance and economics, providing in-depth training and cutting-edge research in both. Housed within the School of Arts and Sciences' nationally ranked Department of Economics, the CFE offers an undergraduate minor, producing expertise in finance within the context of a top-notch liberal arts education. The minor will equip students with a thorough foundation in the workings of financial markets and their role in the broader economy, preparing them for careers in finance, business, government, and beyond.

The minor in financial economics includes four required courses and two elective courses.


Sample First Semester Schedule
  • Elements of Macroeconomics, 180.101

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