Division of Social Studies

Economics and Finance

The Bard Economics and Finance Program, established in the fall of 2007, is a five-year BS/BA dual-degree program. Students receive both a BS degree in economics and finance and a BA degree in an academic program other than economics. The 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 BS/BA program requires 160 credits; the student must fulfill all general educational requirements of the College’s BA academic program. The BS degree will not be awarded unless the student also receives the BA degree. However, a student may elect to step out of the program, continuing in the BA program. Hence, the dual-degree program is structured to allow all requirements for the BA 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”
  • “A Microdata Analysis of the Gender Pay Gap in South Korea”
  • “Testing the Predictive Power of Equity Valuation Metrics: A Minskyan Approach”