Finance

Invest in your future

In virtually every business, from the bank to the boardroom, financial skills are in demand. As a finance major, you'll examine the sources and uses of funds within an organization as well as calculate returns and risks associated with capital budgeting.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

Finance (BS)

Minor

Finance

Finance Opportunities

You will integrate practical cases on real companies with theoretical classroom instruction to develop a framework for your desired career.

SMIF

A unique feature of the finance major at Alfred University is the opportunity to gain real-world experienced with our Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF).

Exceptional Environment

You will learn both in and out of the classroom with our stock trading room, our latest software, professional meeting opportunities, and study tours.

AACSB Accredited

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which offers specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level. Alfred University regularly submits to AACSB for review, aligning its program standards of continued improvement in quality education through innovation, engagement, and impact.

 AACSB Accredited

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Outside of the core business and core arts and sciences courses, general education requirements, arts and sciences electives totaling a minimum of 60 credit hours, the finance major has a set of courses that every finance student must take:

  • ACCT 361 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ECON 331 Money and Banking
  • FIN 205 Students Managed Investment Fund
  • FIN 206 Student Managed Investment Fund Lab
  • FIN 310 Introduction to Financial Planning
  • FIN 460 Seminar in Finance
  • FIN 454 Security Analysis
  • FIN 455 Business Financial Decisions
  • FIN 458 International Financial Management

Plus, choose one of the following:

  • FIN/ECON 445 Managerial Economics
  • FIN 453 Financial Markets and Institutions

Business Professional Core Requirements

  • ACCT 211 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting
  • BUSI 105 Business Perspectives
  • BUSI 106 Contemporary Business
  • BUSI 457 International Business
    or FIN 458 International Financial Management
    or ECON 412 International Economics
    or MKTG 489 International Marketing
  • BUSI 499 Business Policy
  • FIN 348 Managerial Finance
  • LAW 241 The Legal Environment of Business
  • MGMT 328 Management and Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 484 Operations Management
  • MIS 101 Computers and Society
  • MIS 390 Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • MKTG 221 Marketing Principles and Management

Additional Requirements:

Students are required to complete a Field Experience option selected from the following choices:

  • Approved Internship (BUSI 485)
  • Advanced courses with Active Learning Component (designated as Field Experience – CPS Business School)

Arts and Sciences Core

Quantitative Methods

  • BUSI 113 Business Statistics
  • BUSI 213 Research Methods for Business
  • MATH 104 Quantitative Methods for Business

Communications

  • ENGL 101 Writing I
  • ENGL 102 Writing II

Economics

  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics

Social Sciences (minimum)
Natural Sciences (minimum)
Humanities (minimum)

*MATH 151-Calculus I can substitute for MATH 104. Writing requirements are specified in the Catalog under General Education Requirements for Liberal Arts and Sciences, Basic Competencies, Written Communication.

The Bachelor's of Science business degree is composed of professional core courses shared by all majors, business courses specific to each major, business electives totaling 48 credits in business, arts and sciences and general education core courses specified for business, and liberal arts electives to reach a minimum of 60 credits of liberal arts courses (as required for all Bachelor of Science degrees). Depending on the major, you will take additional electives to reach the total of 120 credit hours required for graduation. You are also required to :

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper division business courses
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average overall
  • Satisfy the University's Physical Education requirement (credits not included in the 120 credits required for graduation)
  • Satisfy the University's Global Perspectives requirement

After your first year is complete, we urge all business students to gain the valuable, real-world experience only an internship can offer.

  • Most internships occur during the summer months between semesters
  • Each credit hour you'll earn equals 60 hours of work; you'll figure out the actual schedule with your site supervisor
  • Internships may or may not be paid, depending on your host organization
  • Grades are assessed based on complete, timely submission of all required internship documentation, with the final learning report weighted most heavily

Earn a minor in a discipline that employees value and will prepare you for your financial future. Learn how the stock market works, how real estate markets work, how companies make rational decisions, and how to financially manage a small company.

Alfred University's finance minor will help you create value in any type of business, non-profit or government organization. The minor will broaden your learning experiences and professional opportunities by providing training in financial topics and analysis. What better complement to your major than a minor in finance?

Finance minor requirements include:

  • ACCT 211 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FIN 348 Managerial Finance
  • FIN 310 Introduction to Financial Planning
  • FIN 458 International Financial Management
  • FIN 454 Security Analysis

Plus 6 credit hours from among the following:

  • FIN 205 Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)
  • FIN 206 Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF Lab)
  • FIN 306 Advanced SMIF Lab
  • FIN 453 Financial Marketing and Institutions
  • FIN 455 Business Financial Decisions
  • FIN 460 Seminar in Finance
Students must complete at least half the course work at Alfred University and achieve a grade point average of at least 2.0 "C" in courses submitted for completion of the minor.
Students in the University's Finance program are actively sough by corporate recruiters who know they have been well prepared for the world of contemporary finance.

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