This demanding concentration is designed to provide honors 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 to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above, and to meet the academic criteria of an honors students, whether they actually choose to enroll in the honors program or not.


Students majoring in international economics and finance-honors will complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in International Economics and Finance-Honors.

Major Requirements: To earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in International Economics and Finance-Honors, students must complete 22 business and economics courses. This includes: 6 core courses (in introductory accounting, economics, management, and ethics); 10 international economics and finance concentration courses; 4 Math/Computer Science/Statistics courses; and 2 international economics and finance elective.

University Requirements: Students must also complete the core University requirements, specific to their major, in order to complete their degree. International economics and finance students are required to complete 18 courses in addition to their business and economics courses. These courses include: philosophy, theology, humanities, literature, writing and composition, and free electives.
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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 minor in a business discipline.

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 Experience

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 CUA 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 Busch 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.
Visit the Business and Economics Student Experience page.