Earn Your Bachelor’s in Finance and Economics Degree
A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance and Economic degree from GCU helps students prepare for careers in business, finance and economics. Financial economics degree majors study finance, investments, banking, economics and international trade. They look at how markets can impact investing and businesses.
What is the Relationship Between Finance and Economics
A Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics means GCU students study two major fields within business. They work at understanding the interrelatedness of finance and economics.
Finance generally refers to managing money. Everything from investing to lending are covered in the field of finance and includes personal and business finance. Finance also encompasses the oversight, creation and study of banking, credit and asset/liability management that make up financial systems.
Economics studies how goods and services are made, distributed and consumed. A study of economics includes how people, businesses, governments and nations allocate/use resources like time, land, money and tools.
The relationship between finance and economics is what GCU students study in this bachelor’s program. The financial state of individuals, businesses, communities and even countries can impact decision-making. Therefore, understanding economic conditions can greatly benefit those trying to make sound financial decisions.
What You Study in a Finance and Economics Bachelor of Science Degree
At GCU, students who earn a degree in finance and economics receive a well-rounded business education that focuses on two interrelated fields. Graduates will have learned theory, skills and strategies about:
- Economics- micro, macro and international.
- Portfolio management.
- Group behavior in organizations.
- Relationships between monetary environments and financial planning.
- Financial evaluation.
- Legal and ethical business principles.
Finance and Economics Career Opportunities
BS in Finance and Economics graduates may gravitate toward jobs in one or the other business fields. Or, they may find work that capitalizes on their unique skill set in bridging the gap between finance and economics. Places looking for people with a finance and economics background may include: financial services, insurance companies, mortgage companies, banks, international corporations, nonprofits and colleges.
- Budget, credit and financial analysts.
- Personal financial advisors.
- Loan officers.
- Risk management analysts.
- Mortgage/Investment underwriters.
- Compliance/Fraud analysts.
- Customer support associates.
- General and operations managers.
- Treasurers and controllers.
- Financial managers.
If earning an online business degree that combines two major business fields seems appealing, a program that combines finance and economics may be a good fit for you. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics degree at GCU.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.