Meet Your Concentration

The engine that powers all meaningful investments, finance is the study of money management — how businesses raise and invest capital, how individuals invest their assets and how markets function.

With a finance concentration, you’ll combine analytic skills with creative problem-solving strategies to assess an organization’s assets, liabilities and marketplace position, and identify opportunities for growth, at home and abroad.

What You’ll Learn

By concentrating in finance, you will:

  • Examine the key principles that underlie the investment and valuation process.
  • Strengthen your analytical, problem-solving and electronic spreadsheet skills.
  • Deepen your understanding of the dynamic global marketplace though international coursework.
  • Access trading simulations and real-time market information through the Girard School’s Mucci Capital Markets Lab, which houses 19 Bloomberg terminals.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in semester-long internships. It’s your chance to gain firsthand insights into the financial marketplace and get a leg up on the job market at employers like Merrill Lynch, Fidelity and State Street Global Advisors. Bonus? Become a member of the Merrimack Financial Group to increase your investment industry insight and professional-networking circle through specialized events.

Career Options

Thanks to coursework in corporate investment, financial planning and international business, you’ll be prepared for a career in finance — or equipped to launch your own entrepreneurial venture. Positions may include:

  • Credit analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Investment banker
  • Mortgage analyst
  • Portfolio manager
  • Research analyst
  • Securities analyst
  • Securities broker

What You’ll Take

Business Requirements

All business administration majors must satisfy the college’s general education requirements and the following business requirements*:

BUS 1100

Introduction to Business

BUS 2203

Accounting for Business

BUS 2205

Principles of Marketing

BUS 2210

Management Information Systems

BUS 2213

Business Statistics

BUS 2215

Managerial Finance

BUS 2220

Operations Management

BUS 4402W

Strategic Analysis and Decision-Making

* ECO 1203 and MTH 1003 or MTH 1115 are prerequisite courses that must be completed by all business administration majors.

Finance Requirements (complete all three)

FIN 3315

Financial Analysis

FIN 3325

Investments

FIN 4406

International Financial Management

Electives (choose three)

FIN 3500

Fieldwork in Financial Coaching

FIN 4431

Applied Corporate Finance

FIN 4433

Portfolio Analysis

FIN 4435

Financial Planning I

FIN 4900

Special Topics in Finance