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Economics and Finance

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Economics and Finance

Address:
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Economics and Finance
College of Business and Public Management
Fourth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-3331

Name: Dr. Orhan Kara
Position: Department Chair
Email: OKara@wcupa.edu

Name: Dr. Huimin (Amy) Li
Position: Assistant Department Chair
Email: HLi@wcupa.edu

Name: Tammi Simpson
Position: Department Secretary
Email: TSimpson@wcupa.edu

Academics

Economics Major

The Economics program presents students with a business orientation of economic analysis. The curriculum emphasizes the economic issues affecting society and the techniques for analyzing economic problems.

This program is one of the vehicles with which we achieve our departmental objective of "promoting economics and financial literacy to all students who take our principles' course as a general education requirement or as part of the business core.

B.S. - Economics Guidelines

Dual Major B.S. - Economics and Finance Guidelines

Learning Goals

Students Who Graduate with A B.S. Degree in Economics Should Be Able To:

  1. Communicate information of an economic or policy nature through written and oral presentation;
  2. Use quantitative methods to analyze problems;
  3. Use technology including spreadsheets and statistical software to present and analyze economic problems;
  4. Critically analyze an economic issue and develop a clearly supportable position on the issue;
  5. Understand the principles of international trade in microeconomics and macroeconomics;
  6. Understand basic economic concepts and theories.

Learning Objectives

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Problem solving and quantitative skills
  • Communication skills
  • Research skills
  • Technology skills
  • An understanding of the legal, regulatory, and ethical environment of business
  • Basic, theoretical and practical knowledge of economics in the areas of:
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • International
    • Public Policy

Finance Major

The Finance program's objective is to develop communication skills, problem solving skills, technological skills, and an understanding of practical and theoretical concepts in finance. To this end, the Economics and Finance Department offers the B.S. in Finance program, which allows interested pre-business students to major in finance. The Economics and Finance Department faculty employs a variety of teaching methods to achieve the objective of the finance program.

Upon graduation from the Finance program, students are well prepared for either a career in the fields of finance and business or for the pursuit of graduate studies in a variety of fields.

B.S. - Finance Guidelines

Dual Major B.S. - Economics and Finance Guidelines

Dual Major B.S. - Accounting and Finance Guidelines

Learning Goals

Students Who Graduate with A B.S. Degree in Finance Should Be Able To:

  1. Communicate information of a financial or policy nature through written and oral presentation.
  2. Use quantitative methods to analyze problems.
  3. Use technology and financial spreadsheets to present and analyze financial problems.
  4. Critically analyze an economic or financial issue and develop a clearly supportable position on the issue.
  5. Understand how international finance is applied to company decision-making; and
  6. Understand basic financial concepts and theories.

Learning Objectives

  • Critically analyze an economic or financial issue and develop a clearly supportable position on the issue.
  • Use quantitative methods to analyze problems.
  • Effectively communicate information of a financial or policy nature through written and oral presentation to business associates, the public, and/or clients.
  • Critically analyze complex problems and media communication with an understanding of multiple perspectives and an appreciation for how different assumptions (and biases) lead to different conclusions. Students must recognize their own assumptions, express them clearly, and develop conclusions that reasonably flow from their assumptions.
  • Effectively use technology.
  • Manage time effectively to produce high quality work while meeting deadlines.
  • Behave ethically and accept responsibility for their actions.
  • Interact with others, work in a team, and form cooperative relationships to enhance a successful career.
  • Understand basic, theoretical, and practical financial concepts in the areas of:
    • International Finance
    • Financial Markets
    • Investments
    • Corporate Finance Policy

Economics Minor

In furtherance of our stated mission "to promote economics and financial literacy to all students who take our principles courses … as part of the business core", the Economics and Finance Department offers a Minor in Economics. The key learning objectives for the student desiring a Minor in Economics are the development of communication skills, problem solving skills, technological skills and an understanding of theoretical concepts in Economics.

Guidelines

Admissions

To be admitted into the Minor in Economics, students must have an overall GPA of 2.5, have completed MAT108 or 161, and have completed the following classes with a C or better: ECO111; ECO112; ECO251; ECO252; and MAT107 or 105 or 110. Once admitted to the minor, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 to continue in the minor.

Finance Minor

We offer a Minor in Finance program to students majoring in other disciplines but desire some financial literacy, especially in the fields of corporate finance, financial management, investments, and international finance. The key learning objectives for the student desiring a Minor in Finance are the development of communication skills, problem solving skills, technological skills and an understanding of theoretical concepts in finance.

Guidelines

Admissions

To be admitted into the Minor in Finance, students must have an overall GPA of 2.5, have completed MAT108 or 161, and have completed the following classes with a C or better: ECO111; ECO112; ACC201; ECO251; MAT107 or 105 or 110. Once admitted to the minor, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 to continue in the minor.