Financial Economics

Financial Economics


The study of Financial Economics is a combination of economic analysis and tools from accounting and finance that can be used to guide financial decisions. Financial Economics provides an understanding of core economic concepts and how the economy and financial markets function. 

The Economics Department and the Department of Finance and Marketing jointly offer this major to provide a program which gives students rigorous training in theory and applications of accounting, economics, and finance.  An emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking skills to apply economic and financial analysis in problem solving. This major is designed for students interested in both economics and finance, and is aimed particularly at those who wish to pursue careers in corporate finance, financial analysis, insurance and real estate, and government agencies where special emphasis is placed on financial economic knowledge.

Western’s Economics Department and the Department of Finance and Marketing are part of the College of Business and Economics.

Beyond the Classroom

The WWU Student Economics Association (SEA) is a student-led club that promotes the development of skills to lead members’ transition into the job sector. The club coordinates events to help guide and inspire innovative thinking for economics students and business students alike.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Western graduates have gained employment as: 

  • Payroll Compliance Auditor: Lindquist LLP
  • Outbound Group Leader: Target
  • Fiscal Coordinator: First Choice in Home Care 
  • Dealer Services Management Associate: KeyBank
  • Broker: The Rants Group 
  • Replenishment Analyst: Smith Gardens 
  • Revenue Auditor: WA State Department of Revenue 

Sample Jobs

  • Actuary 
  • Financial Planner/Analyst 
  • Government 
  • Investment Banker 
  • Budget Analyst 
  • Banking/Securities 
  • Financial Economist 
  • Business Forecaster

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.