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B.A. Degree in Economics & Finance
Minor in Economics

Economics Degree + Finance Degree: The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics & Finance

Launch a career in banking, finance, economics or investment with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance.

If you want to pursue a career in banking, finance, economics or investment, Catawba College’s Economics and Finance bachelor’s degree program provides the perfect foundation. Catawba’s Economics and Finance majors learn the most fundamental concepts of economics, such as supply and demand, before diving deeper into this social science that is all about the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services.

Students who are skilled at math, attentive to details, can sift through data to draw effective business conclusions and can make predictions based on data are great candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Finance.

In Catawba’s Ketner School of Business where the B.A. in Economics and Finance is housed, you will enjoy small classes, inspiring and informed faculty, up-to-date technology resources, and an excellent network of regional experiential learning and internship opportunities. These are just a few of the reasons that U.S. News ranks Catawba College #4 among the Best Regional Colleges in the South. Colleges of Distinction also cites Catawba College and its Business programs as noteworthy for demonstrating the distinctions of Engaged Students, Great Teaching, a Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.


Catawba’s Economics and Finance degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) which means that the courses we teach, the way we teach them, and the resources we provide to students in Catawba’s Ketner School of Business adhere to business world best practices. It also means that our faculty are constantly assessing and improving their teaching styles and their curricula to stay in sync with the latest trends and cycles in business.

Minor in Economics

Catawba College offers two different minors in Economics. One minor is for students pursuing one of the business degree programs offered in the Ketner School of Business, and the other Economics minor is for majors in non-business academic disciplines.

Economics and Finance Program Highlights

In the Economics and Finance Bachelor of Arts degree program at Catawba College, undergraduates will learn to research and gather data using software and spreadsheets, and develop key analytical skills that can be applied to an array of industries, from banking and government to healthcare and education. Courses offered in the Economics and Finance major include Principle of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, Business and Economics Statistics, Money and Banking, and Managerial Finance.

Additionally, faculty in all of Catawba College’s business degree programs, including those in the Economics and Finance program, provide ongoing, individualized advising, with a strictly controlled system of registration, to help business program majors complete their degree programs expeditiously.

Catawba College Business Students
Economics and Finance Scholarships.

New and transfer, full-time day students seeking to major in one of Catawba’s Business Degree programs, including Economics and Finance, may be eligible for a Business Scholarship. The application deadline for consideration is January 5th.

Catawba College students studying abroad in Panama
Study Abroad in Economics and Finance.

Recent courses offered through Catawba’s Ketner School of Business have included a study abroad travel component that has taken students to Japan to explore business culture and the culture of music, and to Israel to explore entrepreneurial culture and mindset. Catawba College students pursuing one of the bachelor’s degree programs offered in the Business School have also arranged independent semester abroad experiences to Cambodia and Panama. Economics and Finance majors may also apply for a Ketner School of Business Travel Award to assist with costs associated with a study abroad experience, if the experience will significantly enhance a student’s educational objectives.  Study abroad scholarship amounts vary based on applications received and merit.

Catawba College Student presenting research.
Undergraduate Research in Economics and Finance.

Catawba College students pursuing one of the degree programs offered in the Ketner School of Business regularly make research presentations at the state, regional and national conferences of Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL).  These FBLA-PBL presentation events are challenging and require research, a written synopsis, and oral presentation in front of many judges, but Catawba students typically are among the top-place finishers.  Students in any of the majors offered through the Ketner School of Business also compete at FBLA-PBL conferences in events that test their knowledge and skills.

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Economics and Finance majors from Catawba College are making their mark in these positions:

    • Audit Specialist
    • Human Resource Manager
    • Business Modeling Analyst
    • Currency Transaction Report Analyst
    • Compliance Auditor


Catawba College Economics and Finance alumni have gone on to earn graduate degrees at the following institutions:

    • University of Warwick
    • Ohio University
    • Case Western
    • Elon University School of Law
    • American University Law School


"[My Honors thesis] was the most academically challenging and emotionally satisfying project of my academic career. It was the perfect ending to my Catawba experience that has prepared me for the start of my professional life."

Josh Hill '16
Double Major in Accounting and Economics & Finance; President of the Honors Council; Vice President of the Dead Athenian Society (DAS); Treasurer of Alpha Chi National Honor Society; Co-founded the Student Managed Investment Fund, (SMIF); Recipient of the Whitener Medal and the Milliard F. Wilson Award for Excellence in Business.

Josh has accepted an offer for a graduate fellowship at N.C. State University to further his education in Accounting, guaranteeing his employment at a big firm of his choice upon completion of his master's degree.



Catawba’s Economics and Finance majors are encouraged to develop leadership skills and grow their business acumen by joining the Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda organization, the world’s largest collegiate business career student organization; the Business Honor Society; the American Marketing Association; the International Club; or Catawba’s own Student Managed Investment Fund.

Economics Faculty

Dr. Mahsa Khoshnoud

Dr. Mahsa Khoshnoud is an Assistant Professor of Business and Finance. 

Dr. Eric R. Hake

Dr. Eric R. Hake is Professor of Economics and Interim Dean of the Ketner School of Business. He serves as secretary to The Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE), an international organization of economists and other social scientists devoted to analysis of economics as evolving, socially constructed and politically governed systems. He has published on the theories of the corporation and capital using national and international case studies of the meatpacking industry, Food Lion, Washington Mutual and Enron, to name a few. His work includes published book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles in the Journal of Economic Issues, The Review of Political Economy, and the Forum for Social Economics.

Dr. James “Jamie” W. Slate

Dr. James “Jamie” W. Slate, Associate Professor of Economics, teaches Microeconomics, Business and Economics Statistics and Environmental Economics and has research interests in Consumer and Producer Behavior, Firm Behavior, and Business History.  He has published in the Business Education Innovation Journal, and currently serves on that journal’s editorial board. He is a member of the Academy of Economics and Finance and has served at annual meetings of the Academy as a moderator and discussant. 


Required Courses for B.A. in Economics and Finance
Required Courses for B.A. in Economics and Finance

ACC 1901, 1902 Principles of Accounting I, II


ECON 1901, 1902 Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 2101 Business and Economics Statistics


ECON 2901 Money and Banking


ECON 3901 International Economics


ECON 4101 or ECON 4301 Seminar or Independent Study


FIN 2535 Managerial Finance


FIN 3402 Capital Markets


IS 2300 Productivity with Information Systems Technology


ECON or FIN elective at 2000-level or above





Required Courses for Economics Minor
Required Courses for Economics Minor

The minor in Economics is offered for majors in all disciplines. Approval should be obtained from both a major advisor and a Business School advisor.

For Business Administration Majors:

ECON 1901, 1902 Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics


Four Electives chosen from: 
• ECON 2101 Business and Economic Statistics 
• ECON 2401 Comparative Economic Systems 
• ECON 2901 Money & Banking 
• ECON 3101 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
• ECON 3201 Intermediate Microeconomics 
• ECON 3401 Environmental Economics 
• ECON 3901 International Economics 
• ECON 4301 Independent Study in Economics





For Non-Business Majors:

ECON 1901, 1902 Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics


Four Electives chosen from: 
• ECON 2101 Business and Economic Statistics 
• ECON 2401 Comparative Economic Systems 
• ECON 2901 Money & Banking 
• ECON 3101 Intermediate Macroeconomics 
• ECON 3201 Intermediate Microeconomics 
• ECON 3401 Environmental Economics 
• ECON 3901 International Economics 
• ECON 4301 Independent Study in Economics





Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

Economics Courses

A study in the foundations of economic analysis, national income accounting, economic growth, and the public sector, with emphasis on macroeconomics.

A study of markets, the price systems and allocation of resources, distribution of income, international economy, and perspectives on economic change, with emphasis on microeconomics.

2000 TOPICS IN ECONOMICS (3 hours)
An investigaion of a selected topic of major importance in the field of economics.

A study of statistical techniques in business and economics, including collection and presentation of business and economic data, measures of control tendencies, dispersion, index numbers, probability, sampling distributions and test of hypotheses. Prerequisite: completion of the Mathematics General Education Requirement (MATH 1132 is highly recommended).

A survey of third world regions and countries, their economic growth and development. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies) Prerequisite: ECON 1903E.

A study of contemporary economic systems, including capitalism, socialism, and mixed economies. Theoretical foundations of capitalism and socialism are considered, as are actual institutions found in contemporary economies.

2901 MONEY & BANKING (3 hours)
A survey of the monetary and banking systems of the United States, to include problems of money and prices, organization and functioning of commercial banking and the Federal Reserve System, monetary standards, monetary policy, and credit control. Prerequisite: ECON 1901 & 1902.

A study of the theories of determination, fluctuation, and distribution of national income, with emphasis on employment, money supply, interest rates, price level, and public policy. Prerequisite: ECON 1901 & 1902.

Astudy of the theory of firms, to include choice and demand, production and supply, perfect and imperfect competition, and pricing the factors of production. Prerequisites: ECON 1901 & 1902.

An examination of decision-making approaches to environmental resources with emphasis placed on the welfare analysis technique utilized in economics. The topic is presented in light of the economic theories of public goods, market failures, externalities, and economic value. Cost-benefit analysis is incorporated into the study as are alternative methods for valuing environmental resources and human welfare. Prerequisite: ECON 1902.

A comprehensive analysis of the forces determining international trade, finance, and commercial policy. Prerequisite: ECON 1901 & 1902.

4101 SEMINAR IN ECONOMICS (1-3 hours)
A course designed to afford the student with a minor or a concentration in Economics an opportunity to study an area that is not fully covered in a standard economics course. This is a seminar-style course that requires independent reading, presentations, and open class discussion. Prerequisites: ECON 1901 & 1902 and permissions of Instructor.

A self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the staff. Prerequisites: ECON 1901 & 1902.

Finance Courses

1137 PERSONAL FINANCE (3 hours)
A study of the personal financial problems of the individual, including budgeting, savings plans, insurance, home buying, taxes, mutual funds, investments, and estate planning.

A study of financial management for business firms to include financing and investing decisions. Prerequisite: ACC 1902.

A comprehensive analysis of financial statements and securities from an investor's perspective. Prerequisite: FIN 2535.

3402 CAPITAL MARKETS (3 hours)
A comprehensive study of financial markets and institutions including the organization and structure of markets, government and corporate securities, and derivative securities. Prerequisite: FIN 2535.

3536 INVESTMENTS (3 hours)
A study of security valuation and portfolio management including the measurement of return and risk, investigation of security markets, asset valuation, and portfolio construction. Prerequisite: FIN 2535.