About the Concentration
Advisory Committee
Women and Financial Independence
Global Financial Institutions Concentration

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  1. Gateway Course: GFX100: Introduction to Global Financial Institutions
  2. Electives
  • Students are required to take four electives drawn from at least two different departments. One of the courses must be ECO 265 (Economics of Corporate Finance), ECO 275 (Money and Banking) or a similar course chosen with a GFIC adviser.
  • Only one statistics course and no more than three elective courses that fulfill the requirements for a student's major will be counted toward fulfillment of this concentration. Students can select from the approved list of Smith and Five College related courses drawn from course offerings in computer science, economics, government, math, philosophy and psychology. Concentrators may choose to focus on a specific region (Africa, Asia, Europe or the Americas) by selecting courses on that region and doing research in their capstone seminar related to the region. Concentrators focusing on a region are strongly urged to study a language spoken in that region.
  1. Capstone Seminars
  2. Students fulfill the capstone requirement for the concentration by taking one seminar selected from a list of concentration-approved seminars. Such seminars are drawn from disciplines in which global finance research is already featured, such as economics, government and public policy. Concentrators take an additional 1-credit course with the concentration faculty coordinator that will bring all of the concentrators in a given class year together four times during the second semester of the senior year to share the research that they did or are doing in their capstone seminar. In addition, GFX students will be required to present their research in one of the following ways: during the annual Collaborations event in April; at an approved academic conference; or to the concentration students and faculty advisers.

  1. Experiential Learning
  2. Students are required to complete two of the following experiential learning components.  Concentrators can choose either a combination of a workshop and a summer internship in a financial institution or to do two internships.

  • Excel for Financial and Economic Analysis

    This two-day workshop offered each Fall is specifically designed to get students up to speed using the basics of Excel. The aim is to teach students the basics so that in a work environment they are able to learn more building blocks for advanced concepts in software programs such as Dummy Dependent Variable, Histogram, Regression, and Monte Carlo Simulation. Students must attend both full days in order to fulfill one experiential learning requirement.

  • Smith-Tuck Bridge Program
    Smith College has partnered with the Tuck Business School to offer the popular three week Business Bridge Program, which provides highly qualified students in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering with a world-class grounding in practical business skills. An application is required. Contact the Lazarus Center for Career Development for additional information.

  • Summer Internships
    Students are required to complete at least one summer internship (approved ten-week programs) prior to the senior year; Praxis may be used to fund one of these opportunities. The Center for Women and Financial Independence in collaboration with the Career Development Office can assist with identifying relevant internships. In addition, first-year students are strongly encouraged to use the summer to gain work experience designed to develop required professional skills including technology, programming and market-related communication.
  1. Additional Activities
  2. In order to enhance knowledge of financial markets and language, concentrators are required to participate in one of the following approved activities and are strongly encouraged to participate in more than one.

  • WFI lunchtime lectures, particularly Principles of Investing (offered Fall 2016)
  • Smith College Investment Club (maintain active membership status)
  • CDO Finance Resume and Cover Letters workshop
  • CDO Mock Finance Interview Day
  • WFI/CDO annual excursion to Wall Street in New York City
  • WFI/CDO day trips to the Federal Reserve Bank and Board