Academics

The CFE offers a suite of courses exploring finance as a primary driving force in the prosperity, poverty, and progress of individuals, firms, and nations. Students are welcome to take the courses à la carte, or to combine them to earn the financial economics minor. The CFE also offers a special course, giving students unique opportunities to interact with faculty and alums in the finance industry.

Financial Economics Minor

To earn the Financial Economics minor, students must take the four required courses and two electives, but be aware that some of the required and elective courses have prerequisites. Except for the two Elements courses, the courses tend to be taught in a single section offered once per year, so you’ll need to plan ahead. To check on the latest developments in the minor go to the What’s up with the FE minor page.

Details: There is no Financial Economics major. One cannot pursue both the Economics minor and the Financial Economics minor. For economics majors taking the FE minor, there is a double-counting restriction: the two electives for the minor cannot count for the economics major. (There has been some murkiness about the specifics of this double counting restriction, but the issue is now settled as just stated.)

Required classes and usual term taught:

  • 180.101 Elements of Macro. (Fall)
  • 180.102 Elements of Micro. (Spring)
  • 180.263 Corporate Finance (Spring)
  • 180.367 Investments (Fall)

Note: 180.367 Investments has Statistics I and Micro. Theory (180.301) as prerequisites and Micro. theory requires Calculus I.

Regularly-offered electives:

  • 180.260 Real Estate Economics and Finance (Fall)
  • 180.261 Monetary Analysis (Fall)
  • 180.266 Financial Markets and Institutions (Fall)
  • 180.303 Topics in International Macroeconomics (Fall)
  • 180.238 Rethinking Econ after the Great Recession (Both)
  • 180.231 Debates in Macroeconomics (Spring)
  • 180.242 International Monetary Economics (Spring)
  • 180.285 Information and Investing Seminar (Spring)
  • 180.336 Macroeconomic Strategies (Spring)
  • 180.368 Managerial Economics and Business Strategy (Spring)
  • EN.660.203 Financial Accounting (Both)

Note: Some of the FE minor electives have prerequisites. For example, Macroeconomic Theory is required for both Macro. Strategies and Topics in International Macro. and Finance.

We regularly also have special elective courses for the minor, taught once, or perhaps a few times.

Special Courses

The CFE, working with other units, offers a nonstandard courses that we believe is uniquely valuable to students interested in finance.

AS.180.104 Seminar in Financial Literacy: This intersession course taught jointly with the CLE is a two-week seminar designed to introduce Hopkins undergraduates (especially freshman and sophomores) to the financial services industry. The goal is to provide an introduction to a variety of fields within finance, with a practical focus on exposing the students to employment options in the industry. The Seminar will consist of two weeks of lectures, delivered by distinguished Hopkins alumni, followed by a three-day trip to New York City during which the group visits many firms in the industry. By the end of the seminar, students should have developed an understanding of the structure and jargon of the financial services industry. This is also an incredible opportunity for undergraduates to connect with alumni who may be able to assist students with their pursuit of internships and full-time employment. Students must apply for this course – see the registration information.