I think this is a question where expirienced traders especially can help. If you were asked to help put together a degree in trading for a major university...what areas of study, and what texts would you recommend? What books would be essential to lay the groundwork? What type of understanding is essential? What 'fringe areas' are important...macro econ and politics wise? In going on to specialize in fixed income, options, index fut's, commodities, equities...what books help specialize? What are the key relationships?