Department of Finance
The Department of Finance offers two programs of study.
B.B.A. with Major in Investments
The Investments major offers a focus on investing, professional asset management, and risk management. This major is designed to provide students with an appropriate balance between theoretical knowledge and specific decision-making skills. Foundation courses cover modern finance theory and modeling, including valuation of both financial and real assets.
Utilizing the resources available in the Lanterman Investment Center, a state-of-the-art “trading room” environment, students expand their knowledge of investment-related topics, including equities, fixed income instruments, financial derivatives, foreign exchange transactions, and many more.
B.B.A. with Major in Managerial Finance and Accounting
The Managerial Finance and Accounting degree combines the essential attributes of traditional accounting and managerial finance programs into a combined major that meets the needs of those individuals desiring careers in corporate finance or accounting.
Traditionally, accountants recorded transactions and other economic data and reported the results in the form of financial statements and internal managerial reports. Financial managers have typically forecast, planned, and analyzed accounting data and presented the accounting data in formats convenient for decision making. There were some distinctions as well as overlaps in knowledge and skills needed in the two disciplines in the past.
Recently, business has undergone a shift in responsibilities within the areas of accounting and finance. Specifically, the areas of financial and managerial accounting and the various topics in corporate finance such as corporate finance theory, financial statement analysis and investments have become interdependent for those seeking career opportunities in internal management and control, treasury management, and strategic financial management.
The mission of the Department of Finance is to offer students an educational experience which provides a balanced mix of finance theory and practical application at the undergraduate level. The program is expected to provide students with the knowledge of financial concepts and the analytical skills needed to pursue a variety of careers in corporate and government financial management, investments, portfolio analysis and management, financial analysis, financial planning, banking, real estate, risk management, and insurance.
Students should develop the innovative skills necessary to successfully address a broad range of unanticipated challenges one could potentially encounter in a professional financial setting. Students will have the ability to effectively communicate their solutions in oral and visual presentations, as well as in written reports.