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The Department of Finance at St. Bonaventure University is recognized by the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, which promotes ethics-based investment education in university degree programs aimed at developing serious investment professionals.

Only 43 schools in the United States have earned this prestigious recognition. It's a rigorous standard that many universities cannot achieve, requiring not only a well-rounded curriculum, but depth of study

The CFA Institute specifically emphasizes ethics in education, ensuring that finance professionals conduct themselves morally in their career. It promotes the development of competent and ethically centered investment professionals for the overall benefit of society.

The CFA recognition means that our School of Business provides a top-notch education in finance to prepare students for the best jobs in the field.

We prepare you for a rewarding career

The finance curriculum prepares students for successful entry to the increasingly complex and rewarding world of financial management.
 
Finance students at St. Bonaventure receive technical training in the three core areas:
  • corporation finance
  • investments
  • financial institutions and markets
This will be augmented by a broad-based general curriculum in the functional areas of business:
  • accounting
  • economics
  • statistics
  • management science
  • marketing
Success in the active market for finance majors requires students to be familiar not just with current business practice, but with the cutting edge tools that will define the financial marketplace in the future.

Toward this end, finance students take electives designed to further their interest and marketability in specific areas of finance such as bank management, international finance, financial statement analysis and options and futures.
 

Hands-on Experience and Meaningful Internships

Those who want a hands-on learning experience can participate in Students in Money Management, a program in which students invest a real endowment fund. Requiring equity analysis and economic analysis, this real-world forum provides invaluable experience and distinguishes students from their peers as they enter the work force.
 
Finance internships are plentiful and may be used to augment the more traditional academic training. Additionally, many students choose to fulfill a portion of their additional finance electives through independent research directed by the faculty.
 
Many students use the flexibility built into the finance program at St. Bonaventure to complete secondary concentrations in areas such as economics, accounting, international business, foreign language, computer science, and mathematics.
 
Recent graduates in the finance program have chosen positions in portfolio management, option trading, futures trading, commercial lending, insurance underwriting, treasury management, brokerage and not for profit financial management. Students seeking the substantial payoff to graduate study in finance find the rigorous curriculum at St. Bonaventure well-suited as a means of preparation.

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St. Bonaventure Finance majors have scored in the top 5 percent on the Finance portion of the Major Field Exam each of the past seven years.

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Albany Law School professor to speak at St. Bonaventure Sept. 25

Sep 20, 2013 | Paul Finkelman, Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at the Albany Law School, will visit St. Bonaventure next week as the Lenna Visiting Professor.

Finkelman will speak at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Walsh Center Auditorium on “The Ten Commandments on the Courthouse Lawn: Why People of Faith Should Oppose Religious Monuments on Public Space.” The talk will count as a senior forum plenary but is also open to the public.

A specialist in race and law, American legal history, and constitutional law, Finkelman has had more than 150 scholarly articles and more than 30 books published. Other pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and The Huffington Post. He is an expert in constitutional history, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties and the American Civil War.

Finkelman also served as the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case in 2003, and the U.S. Supreme Court cited his scholarship on religious monuments in public spaces. He also appeared on television when C-SPAN recorded Finkelman’s two-hour class on the Dred Scott case, which aired nationally and is now a part of C-Span’s series on American History.

Dr. Karen Robbins, assistant professor of history, nominated Finkelman for the visiting professorship.

“In today’s world, students can readily see the potentially explosive role of religion when connected to politics. A quick look at the Middle East reveals that,” she said. “But, less well known, our own history also illustrates what can happen when politics and religion are connected.”

Robbins said St. Bonaventure students of all majors would benefit from listening to Finkelman’s talk.

“We are very fortunate to have a nationally renowned legal historian visiting us as a Lenna Professor and that one of his areas of expertise is religion and the law,” she said. “The Supreme Court takes his scholarship on this seriously, and has cited him. If that body listens to him, we should too.”

The Lenna Endowed Visiting Professorship, established in 1990, is funded through gifts from the late Betty S. Lenna Fairbank and Reginald A. Lenna of Jamestown. It is designed to bring scholars of stature in their field to St. Bonaventure University and Jamestown Community College for public lectures.

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