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Finance (B.S.)

Website: Anisfield School of Business



Current as of June 2021

About the Major

The Finance Program 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 graduate degrees 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.

Outcomes for the Major

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 successfully identify and analyze the problems and opportunities associated with firm leverage and profitability.

Goal 7:  Specialized Knowledge in the Discipline

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

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 II 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 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation, which includes ASB Core requirements and upper-level major requirements.

Requirements of the Minor

At least half of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the six courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A School Core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.