Certainly, New York City is the nerve center of the United States economy and, to a large extent, the world’s. Step away from the frenzy of the trading floor, however, and few people can really explain the mechanics-the economics-of Wall Street, why its influence is so vast and what the fluctuations in exchanges and markets mean to the average person. Fewer still have the opportunity to explore New York’s financial world close up, to hear from the men and women who make the decisions, execute the trades, manage the funds, plan the mergers, and regulate the activity.
The Wall Street Semester brings Drew University students into the financial district to learn from professionals who work in the financial world, and to visit the places that are so integral to the U.S. economy. You will take a critical look at Wall Street’s operations, learn the economics behind the transactions, explore the district’s history, and discuss ethical and moral issues. At the end of the semester, you will have a deep understanding of the role of Wall Street within the rest of the economy, as well as an appreciation for topics and controversies affecting New York’s financial sector.