Within the Finance and Economics Department, students will discover how monetary systems and large scale economies apply to a variety of areas, including investment banking and global business.
Coursework will include historical case studies and current business scenarios taken straight from the headlines. Students will learn the importance of and methods for raising and using capital in order to add value to a business or corporation.
The Finance and Economics Department prepares graduates to meet the challenges of the real world. Small class sizes provide an excellent opportunity for our students to forge a close relationship with our faculty. Our students develop analytical and critical thinking skills and learn to apply economic models and financial tools to solve business problems while creating value for the stakeholders.
"The Finance and Economics Department at St. Edward’s provides a world-class education by connecting students with a diverse and experienced faculty in a personalized way. Through my education, I have developed an understanding of various financial and economic perspectives and the challenging economic issues of our world."
— Jonathan Jarjour '18, Finance and Economics
"I chose St. Ed's because of its excellent academic programs and dedicated professors ... and my expectations have been met and surpassed!"
— Areli Perez Rivera '17, Finance
Career paths may include market research and forecasting future economic activity that can influence strategic planning. The analytical skills students develop as part of an Economics or Finance degree make these majors very versatile. Graduates enter careers at a wide variety of private and public sector employers with responsibilities that can include forecasting financial trends and consumer spending habits, as well as providing investment advice and venture capital. Graduates also pursue advanced degrees, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
"Economics and finance provide valuable insights into the behavior of individuals in many contexts and the functioning of firms and markets in a global environment. Studying these disciplines, which emphasize quantitative analysis and logical thought, is excellent preparation for careers in the corporate world or the government sector, as well as for a variety of graduate programs."
— Matt Clements, Chair, Department of Finance and Economics
Students in all majors are encouraged to be active participants in student organizations for many opportunities to engage with faculty, fellow students and members of the Austin business community.
Adam Hochanadel ’13 works as financial analyst with the Wells Fargo Energy Group in Houston, Texas. The Energy Group focuses on providing financing solutions for the majority of exploration and production, midstream, and energy service companies in the U.S. Adam’s main responsibilities include analyzing a company’s financial and operational weaknesses, assisting in credit underwritings (primarily senior secured revolving lines of credit) for presentation to senior credit officers, assisting in maintaining dialogue with executive management teams, and monitoring loan compliance and adherence to Wells Fargo’s credit policy.
Jamie Quarnstrom ’14 works as a business analyst at Constellation Energy, an Exelon company, in Houston, Texas. She manages data analysis for all usage data for the North American Retail Electric Markets for over 1 million customers nationwide.
Jack Sanders ’15 has joined Stifel Financial Corporation, a leading multinational financial services firm, as an investment banking analyst. Jack’s role includes tasks such as building financial models, performing valuation analyses and participating in the origination and execution of equity and debt transactions. Jack feels that The Bill Munday School of Business has provided him with a highly competitive education that has given him the practical skills necessary to compete against students from large, well-known institutions around the world and achieve his career goals.