Stephen F. Austin State University

Economics and Finance

Economics and Finance


The Department of Economics and Finance provides modern training in economic and financial theory and practice to prepare students for a successful career in business, industry, or government.

Graduates with a degree in business economics or finance are prepared for a wide variety of challenging and rewarding positions in such fields as banking, investments, corporate financial management, insurance, real esate, financial planning, economic research, and market analysis. A degree in economics also provides a very solid foundation for further graduate study, especially in law or public affairs.

The Department of Economics and Finance also provides many unique student opportunities including the Economics Reading Group, the Mast Student Investment Roundtable, and other clubs and organizations.

Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Economics and Finance. You will find details about our degree programs in economics and finance along with information about our faculty. We strive to recruit top students and prepare them for continuing education or successful careers in the business world.

An undergraduate economics degree is excellent preparation for pursuing a career in private, public or not-for-profit sectors of our economy. It is also a perfect way to prepare for graduate studies or professional programs like law school or an MBA program. In fact, economics majors achieve the highest scores on the LSAT exam that law schools use to screen applicants, and are among the top three majors who score the highest on the GMAT exam used by MBA programs.

Our finance degree has two excellent opportunities to help you prepare for the workforce. First is our Mast Student Investment Roundtable that allows students the opportunity to invest over $400,000 of actual money from the university and alumni endowments. Second, students may take courses that are certified by the Certified Financial Planning Board so that they are eligible to sit for the CFP exam upon graduation.

The economics and finance faculty at SFA are dedicated to creating an engaging student experience that prepares students for success on the job market or in graduate school. The faculty are directly involved with students through the finance club, business/economics honor societies, guided research projects, and one-on-one counseling regarding graduate school application or the job search process. Moreover, our faculty hold doctorates in economics from some of the finest universities in the country.

Please look through our website to learn more about our programs and call, email or stop by if we can be of assistance to you.

Thank you for your interest in us,

Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev,

Interim Department Chair