Our program is recognized by CFA Institute, which certifies financial professionals, for adhering to standards of ethics, education and professional excellence.
This designation ensures that students who complete CFA's University Recognition Program receive the highest quality business education, are proficient in the essential areas of study for finance professionals, ethically centered, and prepared for the best jobs in the field.
Start by building a solid business core
Finance majors pursue a curriculum that emphasizes core courses in accounting, marketing, organizational behavior, quantitative analysis, economics and business law.
These foundational courses, which we refer to as our "business core," are taken in your freshman and sophomore years, accompanied by courses in the liberal arts.
Major courses, the focus of your final two years of study, target three key areas: corporation finance, investments, and financial institutions and markets. Required electives take you on a deeper dive into financial management, including courses in international finance, portfolio management, economics, financial statement analysis and bank management.
There is some flexibility built into the program, allowing students to complete a secondary concentration, such as a minor in economics, computer science, mathematics, or a foreign language.
Hands-on, experiential learning: a SIMMple plan
In the Students in Money Management program, students oversee investments in a real endowment fund.
We believe in learning by doing, so there are a number of opportunities for students to put their classroom knowledge to work.
In the Students in Money Management (SIMM) program, students run an investment portfolio of approximately $560,000. Under the supervision of a finance professor and an advisory board, they meet regularly and make all investment and buy-sell decisions as a group.
Learn more about SIMM at School of Business Clubs & Organizations
If you're looking for hands-on experience, finance internships are plentiful, not to mention a great way to enhance your resume and to network with industry professionals.
Learn more at School of Business Internships
Students also have the opportunity to conduct independent research, or take an algorithmic trading class in which they participate in national competitions.
The School of Business offers a BBA in finance and a minor in finance.
Bachelor of Business Administration in finance
The finance program offers a balance between economic theory and accounting with concentration and emphasis on the monetary system and its relationship to the firm and financial management.
Degree requirements and a four-year plan of study for the finance major
Upon successful completion of the Finance program at St. Bonaventure University, graduates:
- will understand the structure and role of the Federal Reserve in the financial system;
- will be able to measure relevant risk and apply it to the valuation of securities and portfolios;
- will have developed the ability to manage risk through both diversification and the use of derivative instruments;
- will be able to demonstrate the ability to solve complex capital budgeting problems using discounted cash flow techniques;
- will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply advanced regression techniques to financial research projects;
- will be able to present and defend the financial analysis of an organization.
For non-majors, the 18-hour minor in finance is one of nine School of Business minors offering students at opportunity to study a specific area of business in more detail.
Requirements for a finance minor
Mar 29, 2023 | Darwin L. King, professor of accounting, Michael L. McLanahan, lecturer in accounting, and Dr. Carl J. Case, professor of management, presented a paper on March 4 at the 30th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, held in Las Vegas.
Mar 16, 2023 | Dr. Carl J. Case, professor of business information systems, and Darwin L. King, professor of accounting, earned a Best Paper Award from the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences for their paper titled “Ethical E-Behavior: An Examination of COVID-19 Pandemic Effects."
Feb 24, 2023 | Dr. Benjamin Posmanick, assistant professor of finance, traveled with Alexander Obie, an undergraduate accounting student, to the Academy of Economics and Finance conference in Orlando, Florida, where Obie presented a paper co-authored with Posmanick and Dr. Bobby Chung, assistant professor of finance.