Department Chairperson: David Gray
The department strives for excellence in undergraduate education in the fields of accounting and finance by providing a challenging and supporting environment for students to: 1) understand the theoretical underpinnings of the disciplines, and 2) develop the practical skills to be successful entrants into the professional business world. The department further engenders to prepare students for advanced studies in graduate programs through the encouragement of critical thinking, development of life-long learning habits and the promotion of leadership and social responsibility.
Finance is a dynamic and challenging field that seeks to develop within students an understanding of the conceptual framework of modern finance and the applied quantitative skills required for financial decision-making. Students majoring in finance study financial markets and institutions and the financial decision-making process of firms and analyze investments and financial markets. The finance major is appropriate for students interested in careers in financial services (principally with banks, insurance companies, brokerage houses, mutual funds, stock and commodity markets) or general business, or who intend to pursue graduate study in finance, economics, business and law.
The finance major is housed in the Accounting Department, which offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in finance. The B.A. degree is most appropriate for students who are planning on general business careers, and who do not plan to pursue graduate study. The B.S. degree is advisable for students who seek careers in security analysis and portfolio management, or who intend to pursue graduate study.
Degrees offered: B.A. and B.S.