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FINANCE

WHAT IS FINANCE?

In simplest terms, finance is the study of money - how individuals and organizations obtain funds and what they do – or should do - with the funds. Students encounter wide-ranging problems in finance from assessing business performance and valuing securities to determining the best option for a personal loan or retirement plan. Learning theoretical and practical approaches to solving these problems provides graduating finance majors with knowledge and skills broadly demanded by employers, including businesses, financial institutions, governments, and regulatory agencies.

WHY STUDY FINANCE AT BOLER?

The Boler College of Business finance program provides students with knowledge and skills in all areas of finance. In particular, students gain in-depth knowledge of financial markets, instruments and theories. In addition, the finance curriculum has a unique sequence of coursework that prepares students for careers in a corporate finance. Our graduating seniors in finance have the skills necessary to define and solve financial management problems, and the ability to articulate financial problems and propose appropriate solutions.

The major is one of an elite group of undergraduate programs affiliated with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA Institute). This certification assures that our students are grounded in investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. The CFA Institute also provides scholarships for Boler students interested in taking the CFA exam.

The Boler College’s computer lab includes a Bloomberg Terminal, a platform that is used by most major financial firms in the United States. Bloomberg Terminals enable students to work with the latest and most powerful financial software and data. From their first to their last semester, finance majors use the Boler computer lab for assignments and projects, building proficiency that will help them attain in-demand professional skills.

The Boler Finance Student Association recruits and hosts guest speakers, and provides opportunities for members to attend professional networking events. The Association also organizes and leads an annual trip to either NYC or Chicago to visit major financial sector companies such as the NYSE, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, banks, investment banks, and hedge funds.

Students in the finance program also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in real world scenarios through participation in management of the Dornam Fund, Boler’s student managed investment fund. Boler has just recently added a second student managed fund that focuses on equity securities that have recently become publicly traded.

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FINANCE

CAREER PROSPECTS

Our finance students find internship and employment opportunities with many types of corporations, including commercial banks, investment firms and investment banks, as well as with non-profit organizations and regulatory agencies. Boler has a strong and loyal alumni network in many of these organizations (both locally and nationwide). The alumni assist current students as they search for internships and career opportunities.

FINANCE AS A VALUE-ADDED SECOND MAJOR

The finance major can be successfully combined with other areas of study. At Boler, many finance majors add a second major in accounting, economics, or financial planning and wealth management. These double majors are a powerful combination for individuals aspiring to high level leadership positions in the corporate world.

John Carroll is dedicated to developing socially responsible leaders. With a foundation in Jesuit Catholic teaching, our faculty focuses on providing students with the tools needed to make ethical decisions in business and in the larger community. We believe in educating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit, and ensuring that all aspects of education help students to become well-rounded, well-educated persons.

It is the responsibility of the student to know both University-wide graduation requirements and those of the major field of study and to meet all requirements satisfactorily for graduation.

The Boler College of Business is fully accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Finance major courses

  • AC 310 Accounting for Finance Majors or AC 303-304 Intermediate Accounting
  • EC 301 Microeconomics
  • EC 302 Macroeconomics or EC 311 Money & Banking
  • FN 312 Business Finance
  • FN 316 Financial Markets and Institutions
  • FN 342 Investments
  • FN 440 Intermediate Corporate Finance
  • FN 441 Case Studies in Financial Management

Elective courses

  • FN 405 Seminar in Finance
  • FN 418 Real Estate Finance
  • FN 439 International Business Finance
  • FN 442 Risk Management and Insurance Fundamentals
  • FN 444 Managing Financial Risk with Derivatives
  • FN 452 Portfolio Management
  • FN 498 Independent Study

Double major with Financial Planning
and Wealth Management

Students who wish to double major in both Finance and Financial Planning & Wealth Management can do so with the addition of 15 credit hours of coursework. This combination is particularly useful for students who not only wish to earn a CFA credential but also the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) credential.

Double major with Economics

Students who intend to pursue a double major with economics may use a finance class as an economics elective.

 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin