3 Helpful Minors to Pursue as You Study Economics in Rome

Students and professionals connect at an event organized by JCU’s Career Services Center.

Students and professionals connect at an event organized by JCU’s Career Services Center.

Your Economics and Finance degree can be the key to a wide range of competitive careers, from investment firms to environmental protection agencies to government, and beyond.

Taking a minor in a complementary subject can help you explore a specific dimension of your economics degree more closely, and prepare for a career path you feel passionate about. Or, a minor can open doors to new topic areas your major doesn’t touch on, helping you diversify your knowledge and skills.

Ready to study Economics and Finance abroad but unsure about which minor is right for you? Here are three great options to consider.

1. Art History: Savor Your Surroundings While You Study Economics in Rome

Economics students with a love of architecture, fine art, history, and culture should consider pairing their primary degree with a minor in Art History.

Art History courses will lead you to examine the city’s most significant artworks, and explore their historical origins. After all, by pursuing your Economics and Finance degree at an American university in Italy, you’ve placed yourself in a country known for its prolific contributions to the world of fine art. An Art History minor can help you fully appreciate, and get the most out of, this unique cultural context.

Students explore Italian culture and history by studying works of art, like Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”

Students explore Italian culture and history by studying works of art, like Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”

2. Business Administration: Put Economic Theory into Practice

If you’re hoping to become a business owner or leader of a multinational corporation, a minor in Business Administration will partner well with your degree in Economics and Finance.

Where your economics courses will focus more on quantitative analyses and economic theory, the Business Administration minor will help you build key practical knowledge all corporate leaders need, including:

  • principles of management
  • principles of marketing
  • operations management
  • organizational behavior
  • international law
Frederico Foti of ‘Trussardi’ international fashion house speaks to a JCU business class about marketing.

Frederico Foti of ‘Trussardi’ international fashion house speaks to a JCU business class about marketing.

When you study economics in Rome alongside a minor in business, you’ll put theory into practice, and develop the special skills needed to manage enterprises in a global environment.

3. Political Science: For Engaged Citizens Who Study Economics in Rome

It’s difficult to study economics independent from politics. The two go hand-in-hand, with politics structuring economies (through laws, policies, and beliefs) and economies powering politics. If you pursue an economics degree, a minor in political science is yet another natural and worthwhile choice.

Political science studies can help you identify and analyze power structures at work around you, and understand how these structures influence times of peace, conflict, prosperity, and recession.

And there’s no better place to study politics than in Rome – the birthplace of the European Union and capital of both a political state (Italy) and an international faith (the Catholic Church).

Students from all around the world come together to study at JCU.

Students from all around the world come together to study at JCU.

Pairing your Economics and Finance degree with a minor in Political Science is the ideal first step to pursuing a career in politics or as an economic policy advisor.

Would you like to study economics and finance in Italy?

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