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Money, time, and risk: these are the fundamentals of finance. Finance is the study of funds management, and how money is spent and budgeted. Financial decisions determine the economic viability of any enterprise, whether a corporation, multinational company, limited partnership, private company, or nonprofit organization.
Your professors—leading experts in their field—will introduce you to the discipline's analytical tools, which bring together concepts from economics, accounting, and mathematics. Internships in corporations and financial institutions will help you discover the many career opportunities available in finance.

Finance majors prepare for careers in brokerage firms, corporations, financial institutions, investment banks, and government in positions such as:

  • budget analyst
  • financial analyst
  • financial manager
  • financial planner
  • mortgage officer
  • portfolio & mutual fund manager

As global markets expand, international opportunities for finance professionals will also increase.

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Chase Reardon
Chase Reardon: Financial services intern

Chase'20 was selected for the Commonwealth Financial Network's highly competitive Summer 2018 Internship Program.

Internship placements

  • Commonwealth Financial Network
  • Textron
  • ScottTrade
  • Ameriprise
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Insurance Roundtable (The Washington Center)

Career placements

  • EMC
  • Amica
  • Unilever
  • Fidelity
  • State Street Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Putnam Investments

Degree requirements & courses
Charlton's finance curriculum prepares you in the theory and the practice of modern financial management. You'll acquire professional, analytical, and managerial skills in finance, and will learn how to adapt to the changing demands of business and society.

For the BS in finance, you'll complete total 120 credit hours, consisting of University Studies courses, business foundation courses and finance courses.

With a minor in finance, you'll gain an understanding of the principles and practices needed to make financial decisions in corporations and institutions and in the management of investments. You'll develop your analytical skills and sharpen your knowledge of how financial institutions and markets function in a global environment.

Foundation courses in all business minors

  • ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ACT 211 Principles of Accounting I
  • MKT 311 Principles of Marketing
  • MGT 201 Organizational Behavior
  • Gain hands-on work experience through Charlton's internship programs
  • Consult with faculty and career advisors to identify where you want to go in your career—and how to get there
  • Participate in the many activities sponsored by the Investment Club

Expand your opportunities with an MBA or MBA/JD


Jia Wu

Associate Professor / Chairperson
Accounting & Finance
Charlton College of Business 328


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Charlton College of Business is proud to have earned the "gold standard" of business school recognition: accreditation by AACSB International.