Finance is the study of the creation and management of wealth. A Finance major learns how to evaluate and control assets and risks to maximize the value to owners or beneficiaries. This involves such day-to-day activities as collecting/paying money and interacting with banks and other financial institutions. Also involved is long-range planning about what building and equipment to buy, what stocks to purchase or issue, managing dividends and interest, using insurance to protect assets and developing new financial instruments or services. Finance majors are prepared for careers on either side of the desk: as sellers or buyers of investments; as credit seekers or credit grantors; and as purveyors or recipients of insurance services.

Finance majors take a 37-credit-hour core business curriculum that is modeled on the interrelationships among the functional areas of business as they occur in the real world. Emphasis is on developing skills for effective teamwork, communication, and leadership—the skills employers value highly.

Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Risk Management and Insurance

Research and Academic Opportunities

Independent study is common. If you have an interest, the faculty will work with you to build an opportunity. Finance students also have access to a competitive research grant that is awarded over the summer.

You are encouraged to participate in an internship after your first semester at the College. Internships are an extension of the learning experience and provide insights into the actual operations of an organization. The College’s Center for Career Development uses its extensive network of firms and organizations to help you find the right internship.


  • FIN 310 includes a stock market game, a portfolio theory case study, forecasting and building a portfolio and, for students participating in portfolio management, a trip to the New York Stock Exchange.
  • The College of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB.
  • The College of Business and Economics offers merit-based and general scholarships.
  • "Concept through operation" business services available through the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • Access to the Bloomberg lab, where an 8-hour certification can be completed at no extra cost.
  • Finance faculty have received numerous teaching awards and are widely published in leading finance journals. They have also written textbooks, teaching materials, and software packages.
  • Professional and social programs, guest speakers and networking opportunities available through the Finance Club.
  • Small business plan competitions.


Recent graduates have been employed by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), First United, WesBanco, AXA Advisors, Aldi, Mylan and State Street

Finance graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Financial Planner, Certified Valuation Analysis and Certified Financial Analyst exams.

  • Budget Analysts
  • Credit Analysts
  • Financial Managers, Branch or Department
  • Financial Managers, Branch or Department
  • Loan Officers
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Risk Management Specialists
  • Sales Managers
  • Securities and Commodities Traders
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated January 8, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
4 years
13,620 USD
West Virginia Resident Per Semester: $5,064 | Non-Resident Per Semester: $13,320 | International Per Semester: $13,620
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