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Economics and Business is the largest of Lafayette’s academic programs. The department’s elective courses are grouped into four areas: finance, political economy-public policy, applied economics, and international economics. In my undergraduate study, I earned a minor in finance by completing six courses:

I was a member of the Investment Club sponsered by the Economics and Business Department. This student-run organization manages a portfolio of about 30 securities, most of which are stocks, valued at $230,000 at May 2004. It was started with an initial sum of $10,000 in the mid 1980s and has grown since. Students learn about investing firsthand by making decisions regarding the purchase and sale of securities, and observing the results of their actions.