Overview: Finance is the study of financial markets and institutions, the valuation of financial assets, and the allocation of assets to achieve desired financial goals. As every activity of society requires capital, the field of finance is involved in all aspects of economic endeavors. Finance professionals provide and manage resources for investment, growth, and expansion.
Curriculum: Our program prepares students for successful careers in finance in the ever-increasing global economy. In addition to gaining professional finance knowledge, students develop strong analytical, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and electronic spreadsheet skills, which are necessary to be successful in today’s environment. Through the management of $500,000 in university endowment funds, senior-level students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in evaluating common stocks as investments and in the fiduciary management of investment assets. Our graduates are also extremely successful on the series of professional exams necessary to work in some careers in finance.
Faculty: The faculty is at the center of our efforts to provide a high quality and challenging educational experience, with one of the major strengths being that the faculty members are academically prepared in their special field of finance and have professional experience in a variety of work settings. Therefore, many classes include the application of theory to real world situations.
Internships: Our urban location provides many internship opportunities, which allow students to gain career-related work experience while applying classroom experiences to practice. Most are paid and students may earn academic credit. Supervised by both a representative from the organization and a faculty mentor, students have interned with banks, securities firms, and non-financial corporations.
Careers: The department supports the Finance Club, which provides students with the opportunity to learn about the different career paths in finance as well as the opportunity to network with finance professionals from the area. Possible career paths: public finance, commercial loan officer, corporate finance officer, financial analyst, financial planner, real estate lender, securities broker.