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.
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
Finance BS mean starting salary:
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Advance your career — many finance undergrads enroll in accelerated 4+1 MBA or MS in Finance programs to fulfill certification and/or job requirements. MBA graduates earn $106,557 in their mean starting salary.
- 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
- Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
- Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
- Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
- University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills
- The Master of Science in Accounting provides a convenient way for students to get the extra courses needed to meet the 150-credit requirement for the CPA certification.
- Benefit from advanced management and leadership education through Charlton's 30-credit MBA program for business majors.
- Integrate advanced management study with a law school education through the joint MBA/JD program with UMass Law.