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Business Administration – Finance (B.S.)

Website: Anisfield School of Business



About the Business Administration Major

Students enrolled in the Business Administration major will learn and experience a variety of subjects and skills spanning all aspects of the business and organizational community and practice. Accounting, economics, business ethics, business law, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, and organizational behavior are some of the subjects that are explored as students prepare for their business careers in today’s dynamic global and entrepreneurial economy. Contemporary competencies from information literacy to interpersonal skill are also developed through the core curriculum’s learning goals of communication, ethics, foundation, perspectives, and reasoning. The career readiness of each student is specifically advanced through an individualized Career Pathways Program.

Students who have completed their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ramapo College have been employed in multinational, national, and local organizations of all sizes, across industries, and in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Their employers include national and local firms; corporations and entrepreneurial ventures; consultants; technology, retail, entertainment, sports, banking and other service industries; manufacturing; education; health care; nonprofits; and government. Additionally, many Ramapo business students are accepted into graduate and doctoral programs.  A Business Administration student must choose one of the following concentrations within the Business Administration major: Finance, Management, or Marketing, but may choose up to two concentrations within the major.

Learning Goals and Outcomes for the Finance Concentration

Goal 1: Communication: Our students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication using appropriate current technology. 

Outcome 1: Students will deliver well prepared oral presentations. 

Outcome 2: Students will compose well written business documents. 

Goal 2: Ethics: Our students will consider the moral implications of business actions and processes, and propose ethically sound solutions.

Outcome 1: Students will detect ethical dilemmas and offer potential alternatives and solutions.

Goal 3: Foundation: Our students will have a broad-based knowledge in the functional areas of business. 

Outcome 1: Students will comprehend principles and practices in key business disciplines. 

Goal 4: Perspectives: Our students will consider diverse points of view and apply them towards issue resolution.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to identify and analyze different points of view when seeking to resolve business-related issues. 

Goal 5: Reasoning: Our students will be critical thinkers and decision makers able to use qualitative and quantitative methods. 

Outcome 1: Students will be able to identify and analyze problems and opportunities, generate alternatives, and recognize appropriate solutions. 

Goal 6: Comprehensive Knowledge in the Discipline:  Reasoning – Finance majors will be critical thinkers and decision makers able to use qualitative and quantitative methods.

Outcome 1: Finance majors will identify and analyze the problems and opportunities associated with firm leverage and profitability.

Goal 7Specialized Knowledge in the Discipline

Outcome 1:  Our Finance students will apply the specific knowledge gained in finance elective coursework in the analysis of financial problems and opportunities.

About the Finance Concentration

The Finance Program (Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration) provides students with a comprehensive overview of corporate financial principles and rigorous exposure to quantitative financial methods and techniques.  In addition, students have the opportunity to learn how financial markets and institutions interact to allocate capital and manage business and personal financial risks.  Finance courses also teach students how financial managers participate in the global economy and use forecasting tools and techniques to plan their businesses more efficiently.

The Finance Program prepares students for careers in financial analysis, stock brokerage, money management, real estate analysis, banking, insurance and risk management, international finance, and provides them with a solid foundation to pursue a graduate degree in business, finance, and economics .

In order to enhance the learning experience of students, the Anisfield School of Business opened the Global Financial Markets Trading Laboratory in 2010. With real-time access to the world’s financial data and state-of-the-art trading systems, the lab allows faculty members to give students valuable insights into how the financial and economic theories taught in the classroom apply in real financial markets.  All business students participate in a stock market trading exercise in the core finance course. Certain sections of classes such as   Securities and Investments and Corporate Valuation are taught entirely in the trading lab, while other business courses meet occasionally in the Lab to utilize the technology in connection with specific topics or projects.

Requirements of the Major
  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a (W) below.  Waivers do not apply to Major Requirements.
  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  3. Writing Intensive Requirement (two general education courses and participation in the ASB Business Writing Across the Curriculum (BWAC) program):  two writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: Critical Reading and Writing and Studies in the Arts and Humanities; the rest of the Writing Intensive Requirement is met by participation in the ASB BWAC program.
  4. Not all courses are offered each semester.  Please check the current Schedule of Classes for semester course offerings.
  5. The Career Pathways Program requirements must be completed prior to graduation.  Visit the Cahill Career Center/ASB Office.


Note: A 2.5 GPA is required for entry to the Business Administration major; a 2.0 GPA in the Business Administration major is required for graduation, which includes ASB core requirements and upper level major requirements.