Financial Economics


The suggested Four-Year Major Plan is a guide to help Caldwell University students complete their graduation requirements within four years. It is a suggested framework which builds upon the core curriculum as well as the required and elective courses within a student’s major. This suggested plan does not include developmental courses. Should developmental courses be required, students will need to work with their Academic Advisor to include those additional courses; this may delay graduation in four years. Students should always meet with their Academic Advisor to further individualize their academic plans and confirm the availability of courses and course sequencing. The following credits below include the minimum required courses and credits needed to graduate. Students enrolled as full-time status may take 12-18 credits a semester.

Suggested Four-Year Major Plan worksheet

NOTE: This suggested Four-Year Major Plan applies to students who matriculated during the 2016-2017 academic year.

First Year
Fall Semester Credits
Core: FS 189 Freshman Seminar (Freshmen only) 1
 Core: EN 111 College Writing* (or EN 320 or EN 119 & EN 120 by placement) 3
 Core: MA 112 Concepts of Mathematics (or college-level math by placement) 3
 Core: CS 115 Essential Computer Skills (or elective/core) 3
Core: Social Science 3
 Core: Modern Language Core – SP/FR/AS/IT 3
Total: 16
Spring Semester Credits
 BU 110 Business Communications  3
 CS 219 Business Spreadsheet Applications 3
BU 105 Contemporary Business 3
 Core: HI 101 Roots of the West or HI 102 The Shaping of the West 3
 Core: TH 102 Intro. to Christian Theology 3
Total: 15 
Second Year
Fall Semester Credits
 BU 211 Accounting I  3
 Core: Social Science – BU 205 Principles of Economics I 3
 BU 221 Marketing 3
 BU 305 Introduction to Statistics or MA 207 Application of Statistics 3
 Core: PH 102 Intro. To Philosophy 3
Total: 15 
Spring Semester Credits
 BU 212 Accounting II 3
BU 210 Principles of Economics II 3
 BU 260 Principles of Management 3
 Core: Literature – EN xxx 3
 Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global  Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
Total: 15 
Third Year
Fall Semester Credits
 BU 245 Decision Analysis 3
 BU 337 Principle of Finance 3
 BU 208 Introduction to International Business 3
 Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
BU 290 Analysis and Trading of Securities 3
Total: 15 
Spring Semester Credits
 BU 400 Quantitative Financial Economics 3
 BU 440 – Money and Banking 3
 CS 285 Principles of Management Information Systems 3
 Core: CO 230 Communication Skills 3
Core: Biological or Physical Science 3
Total: 15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester Credits
 BU 431 – Financial Markets 3
 BU 350 Legal Environment of Business I 3
 Enriched Core Cluster (Ethical Inquiry/Global  Awareness/Catholic & Dominican) 3
 Core: Fine Arts – Art or Music 3
 Elective 3
Total: 15
Spring Semester Credits
 BU 420 Ethical Business Strategy 3
 BU 455 Financial Economics 3
 BU 338 – Investment Management 3
Electives** 5
Total: 14

*A second writing intensive (WI) course is required. Students are recommended to complete it before the end of their fourth semester. Students who transfer to Caldwell with a minimum of 30 credits will have their second WI course waived.

**Remaining credits should be determined based on meeting the minimum graduation credits in consultation with the student’s Academic Advisor.

Total Credits Required (minimum): 120 credits

GPA: 2.0

Minimum Grade in Major Courses: C

Course Prerequisites

Course. CR/Title PreReq
BU 105 Contemporary Business
BU 110 Business Communications CS 115
BU 205 Principles of Economics I MA 112 or equiv.
BU 208 Introduction to International Business
BU 210 Principles of Economics II BU 205
BU 211 Accounting I MA 112 or equiv.
BU 212 Accounting II BU 211
CS 219 Business Spreadsheet Applications CS115, MA 112 or equiv.
BU 221 Marketing CS 115
BU 260 Principles of Management
CS 285 Fundamentals of MIS CS 219
BU 305 Intro to Statistics or MA 207 MA 112, CS 219
BU 337 Finance BU 210, BU 212,BU 305/MA 207
BU 338 Investment Management BU 337
BU 350 Legal Environment of Business I
BU 400 Quantitative Financial Economics BU 337
BU 420 Ethical Business Strategy *
BU 431 Financial Markets  BU 337
BU 440 Money and Banking  BU 210, BU 337
BU 455 Financial Economics BU 337,BU 452 or by permission of the instructor 
BU 487 Internship(Encouraged)