Oct 26, 2020  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog

Economics and Finance

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Department Head: Frank Caliendo
Location: Eccles Business Building (EBB) 615
Phone: (435) 797-2310
FAX: (435) 797-2701
Website: http://huntsman.usu.edu/economicsandfinance/

Undergraduate Advisor:

Lindsey Cazier, EBB 309, (435) 797-2272, lindsey.cazier@usu.edu

Graduate Program Director:

Rick Hornsby, EBB 607, (435) 797-5786, rick.hornsby@usu.edu

Degrees Offered

Majors: Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics and Finance

Undergraduate Minors: Economics, Finance, Personal Financial Planning and Quantitative Finance

Graduate Programs: Master of Science (MS), and Master of Arts (MA) in Economics, Master of Science (MS) in Data Analytics and Master of Science (MS) in Financial Economics


Full Details of the learning objectives, assessment plan, student outcomes, and evidence of continuous improvement for these programs of study can be found at https://huntsman.usu.edu/assessment

Financial Assistance

The Huntsman School offers scholarships to undergraduate students.  Each graduate program has unique scholarship, fellowship, assistantship and waivers that are available.  Details about offerings are available at: https://huntsman.usu.edu/future-students/scholarships

Undergraduate Program Requirements

Huntsman School of Business Admission Requirements

All students with majors in the Economics and Finance Department must satisfy Huntsman School of Business admission requirements.  Academic advising about these requirements is available in the Huntsman School’s FJ Management Center for Student Success in EBB 309.
All students enrolled at USU are required to satisfy the General Education requirements and University Studies Depth Education requirements of the University.

Matriculation Requirement and Transfer Limitation

Finance majors in the Department of Economics and Finance will be held to the following matriculation requirement and transfer limitation. No more than 15 USU Huntsman School of Business credits (ACCT, BUS, FIN, MGT, MIS), numbered 2000 and above, earned as a nonbusiness major (before acceptance into the Huntsman School) can be applied to a Huntsman School degree. More than 15 business credits can be transferred from other accredited institutions. However, additional USU Huntsman School credits added to previously earned transfer business credits may not exceed a combined total of 15. Furthermore, to earn a bachelor’s degree in a Huntsman School major, at least 50 percent of the required Huntsman School credits must be earned from coursework taken from the Utah State University Huntsman School of Business.

USU Credits and Business Credits

At least 30 of the last 60 semester credits must be taken from Utah State University, at least 20 of which must be completed in upper-division courses, of which at least 10 credits must be completed in courses required by the student’s major. At least 50 percent of the Huntsman School of Business credits required for a Huntsman School degree must be taken from the Utah State University Huntsman School or its departments, which include: School of Accountancy, Economics and Finance, Management, and Management Information Systems.

Graduation Requirements

To be recommended by the department for graduation, majors in the Economics and Finance Department must have a grade point average of at least 2.50 in their upper-division Huntsman School of Business acumen and major requirement courses, and an overall GPA of 2.50. This includes transfer credits. At least fifty percent of the business credits required for a business degree must be taken on the Utah State University campus or at a designated residence center.

Four-Year Degree Plans (8 semesters)

A four-year degree plan for the Marketing and Strategy Department majors can be found in the catalog and at the URLs below:

Graduate Programs

The Master of Science and Master of Arts in Economics are intended to prepare students for doctoral studies in economics. Consequently, students are required to take a set of courses normally required for first-year PhD students.

The Master of Science in Financial Economics is designed as a terminal, professional degree in financial economics. The curriculum includes courses in the key areas of finance and the supporting areas of economics and quantitative methods. Its goal is to prepare students for a wide range of careers both within and outside the financial industry, including risk management, asset management, macroeconomic and financial forecasting, trading and financial and economics research.

The USU Master of Data Analytics (MDATA) program trains the next generation of statisticians, business analysts, and computer scientists to meet the increased demand for analytic professionals. The program integrates coursework in Statistics, Management Information Systems, Economics & Finance, and Computer Science. An MDATA degree gives graduates a broad but focused set of knowledge and tools applicable to data management and analysis for use in a variety of organizations.  The Economics and Finance specialization exposes students to applying data analysis for decision making in applied finance, including asset pricing, portfolio analysis, risk management, and trading.


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