Economics is a way of thinking, a method of inquiry used by both private sector decision-makers and policy-makers in business, government, and society at large. The student who elects economics as a major will develop the analytical ability to frame and solve complicated problems that arise in business and in government and in society at large.
An undergraduate major in economics can serve as the basis for a successful and challenging career or as the foundation for graduate or professional study. Graduates can look forward to opportunities in business, law, foreign service, government, or financial services. Students desiring more education will have the undergraduate background to undertake graduate study in economics, business or public policy. The economics major is also well regarded by law schools.
Finance is the cornerstone of the enterprise system and is vitally important to the economic health of business firms and non-profit institutions. Finance is concerned with maximizing the value of the firm through the effective application of economic principles. This dynamic field is characterized by continuous change in response to shifts in economic conditions making the study of finance stimulating and challenging. Students learn to develop, analyze and interpret financial statements, learn to invest in financial assets and learn to create and evaluate plans to achieve long-term financial success. The finance major is comprised of courses in economics, accounting, finance and quantitative methods. A finance major may find employment in financial institutions or in financial management departments of non-financial institutions, in corporations or non-profits, as financial analysts or in other investment-related activities. The proximity of Manhattanville College to leading financial institutions and corporate headquarters offering a wide range of internships and employment opportunities makes this major particularly attractive.
The 21st century business environment will provide challenges and rewards for those who are prepared. The emphasis on the use of technology, the integration of business concepts, and environmental issues will require tomorrow's business decision maker to be knowledgeable, to have mental flexibility, to be prepared to adjust to new paradigms and demands and to accomplish this on a national and international level. The management major provides the core knowledge of methods, concepts and principles that will prepare a person to meet these challenges of tomorrow's business. The understanding of the economy and the analytical tools of the economist complement this curriculum.
This program, in addition to preparing the individual for a career in business or the non-profit sector, provides an excellent background for graduate or professional study.
It is strongly recommended that students majoring in management take at least one credit-bearing internship during the junior or senior year.
Note: Courses with the MGT code are not liberal arts. As with all non-liberal arts courses at the College, this is indicated by an asterisk after the title of the course. Students majoring in Management are encouraged to have a liberal arts minor or double major, and are urged to plan carefully to ensure that they will have the 90 liberal arts credits required for the B.A. degree.