Studying economics and finance means more than learning how to make a profit. At Catholic University, you'll learn about international economic issues while also thinking about how you can become a force for good in the business world.

International economics and finance majors at Catholic University of America take courses in the liberal arts and humanities in addition to subjects like accounting and management. This diverse curriculum will urge you to think about how business and finance shape society, and how you can use your major in the service of fellow human beings.

At Catholic University of America, your professors will encourage you to think on a global scale. Many international economics and finance majors spend a semester abroad in cities like Rome, Oxford, Barcelona, or Shanghai. The opportunity to apply what you have learned to other nations and cultures will widen your perspective and prepare you to work in a globalized world.

 

Business Exploratory

The School of Business and Economics offers seven different majors. If you are interested in Business and Economics but aren't sure that International Economics and Finance is the right major for you, you can begin your studies as a Business Exploratory student. Exploratory students take courses that serve as a broad introduction to the different careers available in this field. These classes also fulfill requirements for various majors in the School of Business and Economics.

This program is designed to provide Honor students with proficiency in economic theory and policy making as they relate to the workings of the global economy.

This demanding concentration is designed to provide Honor students with proficiency in economic theory and policymaking as they relate to the workings of the international global economy while providing a solid financial background. Students enrolled in this program are required GPA of 3.5 or above, and to meet the academic criteria of an honor students in our university, whether they actually choose to enroll in the Honors program or not.

Opportunities

Study Abroad: Students majoring in international economics and finance are encouraged to broaden their educational experience by spending a semester studying abroad. The study abroad opportunity in Oxford, United Kingdom is one particular location that is oriented towards economic majors. Programs in other countries are also available. The key to studying abroad while pursuing a degree in economics, is to plan ahead. Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor, and also visit the CUAbroad office.

Read more about study abroad procedures.

Internships: An internship is a unique academic opportunity that allows students to step out of the classroom and gain real-world experience in a professional setting. Possibilities such as the U.S. Department of Commerce (Trade Information Center), Capstone Strategic, or Lockheed Martin are all local internship opportunities that our students have filled.

Read more about internship opportunities.

Minor Programs: Students majoring in international economics and finance have a wide variety of minors available to them and may choose from many disciplines offered across the University. Popular choices for international economics and finance majors are: foreign languages, politics, or philosophy. Students majoring in international economics and finance may not minor in a business discipline.

Full list of minors within the School of Arts & Sciences.

Career Development

In today's competitive job market, gaining professional or internship experience during college is critical to finding employment upon graduation. Planning for and obtaining that experience should begin early in a student's academic career. To educate and assist students in finding professional opportunities, we offer a career development program during the fall and spring semesters for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Popular career paths for recent graduates with an international economics and finance major include international economist, trade specialist, financial advisor, international banker, and the U.S. Foreign Service.

Student Life

Organizations: The Business Professional Society is a student organization for those who wish to apply what they learn in the classroom to the outside world. Through BPS, students are exposed to simulation exercises, trips to local D.C. business organizations, and a network of friends who also wish to expand their knowledge in business.

Trips and Field Study: International economics and finance majors can apply to the "CUA on Wall Street" program, which gives students access to Catholic University of America alumni who are currently employed on Wall Street. Students who participate travel to New York City on an annual trip to learn more about their prospective career and network with valuable contacts.

Community: One of the many advantages of pursuing a degree from a small university is the close community that is formed among students and professors. Students are supported within the School of Business and Economics by their classmates, which creates an atmosphere of mutual success, rather than unwelcoming competition. Instructors are available for one-on-one help during office hours, and often mentor their students throughout their college and professional careers.