Courses & Curricular Programs

Courses

The DFE bolsters financial education at Duke by giving undergraduates more finance courses to choose from each academic year. The number of DFE-affiliated faculty also continues to expand.

Fall 2017

  • ECON 174 Financial Accounting (Skender; does not count as a finance elective)
  • ECON 255S Shakespeare & the Financial Markets (Forlines)
  • ECON 353 Financial Institutions (Fisher)
  • ECON 370 Global Capital Markets (Caccavale)
  • ECON 372 Intermediate Finance (Levonmaa)
  • ECON 373 Corporate Finance (Fullenkamp)
  • ECON 379 Emerging Markets (Zanalda)
  • ECON 381S Inside Hedge Funds (Hughes)
  • ECON 455 International Finance (Ilut)
  • ECON 471 Financial Markets and Investments (Bollerslev)
  • ECON 514 Fixed Income Markets and Quantitative Methods (Fisher)

We are committed to collaborating with other departments, such as the Pratt School of Engineering, the Department of Mathematics, and the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, to cross-list courses that are relevant to the study of finance.

Finance Minor or Concentration

For students interested in gaining significant exposure to finance but whose academic focus is in a different discipline, the Department of Economics offers a minor in finance. The minor provides a guided course of study that will make students interested in finance more competitive and prepared during the recruiting process. The finance concentration allows students majoring in economics to be better prepared to compete with students from both liberal arts and undergraduate business programs in securing employment. For more information about the requirements for either a finance minor or concentration, visit our undergraduate program's Degree & Concentration Requirements page.

In 2014, 103 economics majors graduated with a Finance Concentration, and 18 non-economics majors graduated with a minor in finance.

Study Away From Duke

Duke's Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO) is the initial point of contact for all students wishing to take courses abroad, either through a "Duke in" program or at any other institution not in the United States. In all cases, a student wishing to undertake study abroad should start by contacting GEO. 

The Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE) and GEO offer three study-away programs, Duke in New York: Financial Markets & Institutions, Duke in London: Finance, and Duke in Chicago: Finance. Through these programs, students take courses with Duke-affiliated faculty and connect with extensive the alumni and parent network in New York, London and Chicago.

Duke in New York: Financial Markets and Institutions

This is a liberal arts-based one-semester program in New York City for Duke undergraduates interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the financial services industry. The most up-to-date information is on the GEO's Duke in New York program page.

Duke in London: Finance

This is a six-week, two-course program in London, England for Duke students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the financial services industry and global financial markets. London is an ideal setting in which to study these topics, given the city’s role as a center for financial transactions throughout Europe, as well as links to the United States, Asia, and emerging markets. The location likewise offers students a variety of opportunities to interact with Duke alumni living and working in London. The most up-to-date information is on the GEO's Duke in London program page.

Duke in Chicago: Finance

This is a four-week, one-course summer program starting in Summer 2017. Open to rising juniors, the program will tap into the alumni network in the Chicago area, bringing finance professionals with a Duke background into the classroom to share their expertise via guest lectures. Additionally, students will enjoy curricular and extracurricular outings to firms, exchanges, and historical and cultural sites. The most up-to-date information is on the GEO's Duke in Chicago program page.