Division of Social Studies

Economics and Finance


The Bard Program in Economics and Finance, established in the fall of 2007, is a five-year B.S./B.A. dual-degree program. Students receive both a B.S. degree in economics and finance and a B.A. degree in an academic program other than economics. The Economics and Finance Program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to achieve a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences even as they prepare themselves for careers in the financial world.


The B.S./B.A. program requires 160 credits; the student must fulfill all general educational requirements of the College’s B.A. academic program. The B.S. degree will not be awarded unless the student also receives the B.A. degree. However, a student may elect to step out of the program, continuing in the B.A. program. Hence, the dual-degree program is structured to allow all requirements for the B.A. to be met within four years.

Candidates for the dual degree must complete 56 credits in economics and finance, comprising the core courses of the program: Principles of Economics; Foundations of Finance and Investment; Money and Banking; Intermediate Microeconomics; Mathematical Economics; Accounting; Industrial Organization; Introduction to Econometrics; Seminar in International Economics; Advanced Econometrics; Contemporary Developments in Finance; and Corporate Finance.

Students are required to complete a Senior Project relating to finance.

Recent Senior Projects in Economics and Finance

  • “The Closed-End Fund Paradox in Country Funds: A Conventional and Behavioral Perspective”
  • “Forecasting Error in the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Economic Assumptions”
  • “The Macroeconomics of the Declining U.S. Labor Share: A Debt-led Explanation”
  • “Words That Determine Action: A Study on FOMC Statements”