Economics: Finance

Through study and practice, you will get the experience needed to succeed in graduate school and your professional career.

Our current students and alumni will happily tell you: Simpson is the place to be if you are interested in a career in finance.

Top reasons why you should join us at Simpson

  • Our major opens doors for you in careers such as banking, finance, insurance or policy analysis, and provides excellent training for advanced studies in MBA or PH.D. programs.
  • The coursework combines rigorous analytical training with practical applications led by dedicated faculty driven to help you succeed.
  • Small class sizes allow our faculty to provide students with personalized attention and mentoring.
  • The capstone course empowers students to combine theory, data collection and statistical techniques to produce high-quality, innovative research.


We’re confident that the strength of our program, combined with the numerous internship opportunities possible in the Des Moines metro area and beyond, provides Simpson finance graduates with bright, successful futures. In fact, in our survey of Spring 2012 economics and economics: finance graduates, 100% of respondants were employed full-time or pursuing graduate studies.  (75% survey response rate)

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Matt Nichols

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Economics: Finance Major

Students will complete ten and a half courses as follows:


  • Econ 100 Principles of Economics
  • Econ 365 Advanced Microeconomics (Pre-Req:  ECON 100 or 102, MATH 151, ECON 135)
  • Econ 366 Advanced Macroeconomics (Pre-Req:  ECON 100 or 102, MATH 151)
  • Econ 386 Econometrics (Pre-Req:  ECON 100 or 101 or 102, MATH 151, ECON 135)
  • Econ 135 Applied Statistics (Prerequisite: One of: Math 105/105T, Math 130/130T, Math ACT of 22 or higher, or Math SAT of 530 or higher)
  • Math 151 Calculus I (Prerequisite: One of: Math 130/130T, Math ACT of 24 or higher, or Math SAT of 570 or higher)
  • Acct 201 Introduction to Accounting
  • Econ 337 Investments and Securities (Pre-Req:  ECON 100 or 101 or 102)
  • Econ 338 Eberhart Student Aid Fund (.5) (Pre-Req: ECON 337)
  • Econ 339 Corporation Finance (Pre-req: ECON 100 or 101 or 102; ACCT 201; ECON 135

Choose one of the following:

  • Econ 343 International Trade and Finance (Pre-req: ECON 100 or 101 or 102)
  • Econ 344 Money and Banking (Pre-req: ECON 100 or 101 or 102; ACCT 201)


Want to learn more?  Contact our faculty!