Stephen F. Austin State University


*Note: This is separated by Economics and Finance on the A-Z List

The Department of Economics and Finance is one of four departments in the Nelson Rusche College of Business. All classes are taught in the McGee Business Building, and the departmental suite is located in room 392. The department emphasizes providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate education to business and non-business majors alike and seeks to prepare students for immediate employment in a wide variety of financial and economic careers while laying a foundation of knowledge that encourages lifelong learning. All business degree programs in the College of Business are fully accredited by AACSB International.

Majors & Minors

The department offers three different majors: a major in finance leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, a major in business economics leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and a major in economics leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. We also offer minors in economics and finance.

The business economics major builds upon the same required business foundation of knowledge taken by all other B.B.A. majors to give the student a solid background and training in economic analysis. Business economics majors must take required courses in money and banking, intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, followed by elective courses in such areas as environmental economics, international economics, labor economics, public finance, sports economics, and managerial economics. The business economics major also can choose to pursue a minor in another business field or a non-business field.

The economics major is a traditional liberal arts degree that gives the student a firm foundation in economic analysis while allowing the freedom to pursue either a second academic (non-business) major or a minor (which may be either business or non-business). The economics major must take required courses in money and banking, intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics, and statistics. In addition, the economics major will take elective courses in economics similar to those for the business economics major listed above. Both first and second majors in economics are available.

Student Organizations

All majors are welcome to join our faculty-led Economics Reading Group. The group engages in conversations pertaining to economics in society while participating students receive rewards and scholarships. Economics majors and minors or other students with at least 12 hours in economics may be eligible for induction into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics.

For more information, contact the Department of Economics & Finance at or 936.468.4301.