Stephen F. Austin State University


The Department of Economics and Finance is one of five 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 finance major, like all B.B.A. degree programs, includes a 42-hour block of required business courses that comprise the business foundation of knowledge, including courses in accounting, computer science, economics, finance, management, marketing, and statistics. Beyond the business foundation courses, finance majors must take required courses in investments, financial institutions and intermediate financial management. After completing their required courses, finance majors can personalize their education by selecting elective courses from such areas as financial accounting, security analysis and portfolio management, international finance, financial statement analysis, speculative markets (derivatives, options and futures) or bank management.

Starting in Fall 2009, there will be a new emphasis in personal financial planning within the finance major. This emphasis gives the student the necessary background to work as a personal financial planner, as well as to eventually seek certification as a financial planner.

If desired, the finance major can pursue a minor in another business field, such as accounting or international business, or in a non-business field, such as Spanish.

Student Organizations

Finance majors and minors are encouraged to join and participate in the Finance Club (Phi Alpha Kappa), which meets regularly to hear invited speakers from the field of finance, including successful SFA finance graduates and local executives. For more information, contact the faculty sponsor, Dr.Todd Brown

For more information, contact the Department of Economics & Finance at or 936.468.3604.