AB in Economics and BS in Management of Financial Institutions
Degree Codes: Program- ABEC2 Plan – AB-ECO/FIN
This program combines the disciplines of economics and finance to equip students with the skills to understand and apply economic theory to real world problems specifically in understanding the impact of developmental policies on shaping expectations and risk orientation or attitudes of consumer and firms, imperfections in the financial markets and asset valuation. The program is designed for students who prefer a multidisciplinary approach to economics. It is for those who are keen in understanding how economic analysis is relevant in explaining and resolving pressing economic issues of social importance. Taking advantage of the strong complementarity between finance and economics, students are expected to understand the importance of formal economic and econometric modeling frameworks and strategies emphasizing on the increasingly dominant role of mathematics and logic, achieve effective communication in conveying the essential aspects of economic policy and implications through applied research, develop problem solving skills needed for business and integrate the core La Sallian values. Students under this program will also learn practical and technical skills required in understanding the conduct of financial markets, their relation to the macroeconomy and practical aspects of financial institution management, an important functional area in practical business management.
It takes 13 trimesters to finish the program. To successfully complete the program, students should be able to hurdle 237 units of formal academic coursework as well as comply with the academic requirements set by the two departments. Aside from this academic requirement, students will take up 12 units of non-academic subjects mainly in the interest of enabling a wholistic student development. Students in this program need to write two independent theses that conform with standards prescribed by each department. Students are also required to undertake practicum work in any private corporation or government entity and must demonstrate research ability by writing a research paper. Three course electives in economics designed for those who belong to the applied economics track as well as specialized finance elective courses are required.