Drew University

The Wall Street Summer Program

Are you interested in learning about how stocks and bonds work?

Would you like to know more about the historical roots and economic fallout from the current global financial meltdown?

Do you want to understand the cogs of the financial sector, including the relation between securities firms, banks and regulatory agencies?

Drew University is pleased to offer an 8-credit, three week immersion in financial markets. Held in downtown Manhattan, the program brings together morning lectures that are theoretical, historical and institutional in scope, with afternoon real-life experiences. Whether visiting a trading floor at Morgan Stanley, watching the frenetic trading at the New York Stock Exchange, talking with regulators at the Security and Exchanges Commission, or discussing policy actions with economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, this program exposes students to the underpinnings of the American financial system.

After completing the program, participants come away with a better awareness of credit channels, and investment goals and benchmarks, and have a set of analytical tools that will help them succeed personally and professionally in their financial futures.

Program Information for Summer 2014

The program is designed for undergraduate students (including visiting students from other colleges and universities), rising college freshmen, and rising high school seniors.

  • Session One: June 30 – July 18, 2014
  • Session Two: July 21 – August 8, 2014

Classes Meet: Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Morning lectures are held at ITAC, located at 39 Broadway, Suite 1110 in downtown Manhattan. The classroom is about a two block walk from the New York subway.  Afternoon trips are mostly held in Financial District buildings, which are in walking distance from the classroom. Occasional trips will be made to midtown Manhattan, which will require the subway.

Instructor Biographies

The Wall Street summer program is team-taught by Marc Tomljanovich and Giandomencio Sarolli, both members of Drew’s economics faculty.  Additional Drew instructors will also assist in running the program.

Dr. Tomljanovich received his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1998. His research focuses on applied macroeconomic issues, including the impact of monetary policy structures on financial markets, the influence policymakers have on regional and national economic growth, and the effects of options listings on underlying financial instruments. His work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including American Economic ReviewSouthern Economic Journal, and Contemporary Economic Policy. In 2006 Dr. Tomljanovich was the recipient of a National Sciences Foundation grant that helped fund an annual national workshop for macroeconomics research at liberal arts colleges.

Dr. Sarolli received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2010. He also holds a M.S. in Quantitative Finance from Universita’ Bocconi in Milan, Italy, which was granted in 2003. His research focuses on computational macroeconomics and finance, studying the relationship of asset prices and economic dynamics. In particular he is interested in the relationship between business cycles and stock trading. He is also working on laboratory experiments that look at investing behavior.   Dr. Sarolli previously worked at J.P. Morgan in New York, in their Futures and Options group before moving to Italy in 2000 to continue his studies.

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