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Finance, BSBA

Program Description

Finance plays a central and critical role in the functioning of the economy. All enterprises (for-profit, nonprofit, and government) need to finance their strategic undertakings as well as their ongoing operations. Individuals, likewise, need to plan for important future events (e.g., financing their children’s education, weddings, and retirement). The study of finance provides students with the knowledge and tools necessary to work and thrive in today’s dynamic global financial environment.

Students of finance typically follow career paths in financial management (such as working in the finance department of a corporation or government unit or working in a consulting firm), investments (such as brokerage, portfolio management, or security analysis), or financial services (such as working in a bank or an insurance company).

The curriculum of the Finance Department is uniquely designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue any of these career paths by offering three different track options within the finance major: the Managerial Finance (MGF) track, the Investment and Financial Analysis (IFA) track, and the Risk Management (RM) track. Students selecting the IFA track commit to preparing for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional designation exam at the end of their senior year.

Understanding the importance of linking theory and practice, the Department recommends that students consider joining Gamma Iota Sigma (the Risk Management and Insurance Club) and/or the Investment Club (in which students manage an actual investment fund). In addition, we advise that, during their University years, students strongly consider undertaking an internship or co-op.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Finance Department--in concert with the missions of the University and the School of Business--is to prepare students for a purposeful life by integrating Lasallian values with current financial management theory and practice. Through its curriculum and interactions with faculty and the external business community, the Finance major will provide students with an educational experience that emphasizes the sound fundamental financial concepts necessary for success in business and for preparing them to begin a meaningful career upon graduation.

Why Take This Major?

Finance is the study of facts, principles, and theories related to raising needed funds and the use of those funds. All individuals, businesses, and governments need to finance their current activities as well as plan for and fund future undertakings, which means that Finance plays a central and critical role in the functioning of the economy as a whole.

To prepare students to work and thrive in today’s dynamic global financial environment, our program emphasizes the linking of theory to practice in the following ways:

  • in the classroom
    • develop core competencies in areas such as analytical skills, decision making frameworks, understanding risk and how financial markets work
    • master the use of financials tools including time value analysis, financial forecasting, capital budgeting, asset management, risk evaluation
    • choose at least one of three tracks in a curriculum uniquely designed with career paths in mind
    • Managerial Finance Track (MGF)
    • Risk Management Track (RMT)
    • Investment and Financial Analysis Track (IFA)
  • encouraging internships and co-ops
    • get more depth from classroom knowledge by experiencing it in the context of the real world
    • discover new strengths and weaknesses or likes and dislikes that will help focus your future plans
    • start building professional contacts and networks
  • through our clubs
    • manage a real portfolio or attend investment conferences with the Investment Club
    • join Gamma Iota Sigma (the risk management and insurance club) to hear industry speakers, attend professional breakfasts, or go to student conferences
    • start building professional contacts and networks