Bachelor’s of Finance

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What will I study?

The finance program provides students with the theory, analytical skills, and technical expertise necessary for success as a finance professional. The finance majors at WCOB work closely with the finance faculty who are  scholars, practitioners and board members with research interests on finance and financial markets and have extensive professional experience at corporations, banks, and governmental institutions in the United States, Europe and Asia. 

Interesting classes you might take:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Investments
  • International Financial Management
  • Derivatives
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Business Law
  • Global Financial Markets and Institutions

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Our Finance majors can continue on with graduate studies in Finance with Sacred Heart's University's Master of Science in Finance and Investment Management (MSFIM) program and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Finance. These graduate programs prepare students for rewarding careers in investment analysis, wealth management and portfolio management.

Why choose Finance at SHU?

Our program integrates theory and practice. Whether you are interested in corporate finance, investments, risk management or financial markets, we provide the course work, knowledge, networking, tools and internships to help you pursue your profession. Our interns and graduates are consistently cited for their strong preparation, knowledge, technical skills and ability to work effectively in teams.  We are the first program in Connecticut, and one of the only in the nation, that has partnered with the CFA Society to develop an investment management program for investment professionals.  

The major also offers students the ability to learn in the Problem-based Learning (PBL) Lab, an experiential learning program designed to expose students to real-world business problems requiring real-time applied solutions. In this lab, local businesses provide real projects for our students to complete. Projects range from consulting, marketing, analysis, research, pricing, economic impact studies, branding and product development. The program is designed to mutually benefit our students and the local business community, by providing high-quality business solutions to some of today’s complex business problems.

Are there special admission requirements?

No, we have an open admission policy. Incoming first-year students and transfer students may declare the Finance major when applying for admission to Sacred Heart University.

Review SHU’s undergraduate admissions process

Will I have internship opportunities?

Internships are required of all finance majors and are widely available. The SHU WCOB internship is unique in its focus on development and enhancement of job search, interviewing and career assessment skills as well as experience in the field. The internship experience is recorded and assessed using a portfolio approach. At the conclusion of the internship, you will re-evaluate skills, career goals and career development needs in light of the experience. 

Companies our students typically intern with include:

  • General Electric
  • GE Capital
  • People's United Bank
  • Bank of America
  • The World Bank
  • EuroPacific Capital
  • US Trust
  • Blum Shapiro
  • PriceWaterhouse Coopers
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • UBS 
  • Northwestern Mutual

Will I have research opportunities?

Students have the opportunity to work with faculty in certain upper level finance courses to conduct meaningful research. In the process, students learn how to conduct literature review, frame the research question, collect data, get exposed to the common research methodologies, perform analysis, draw implication from the project, write a research paper, and present the findings.  

What are my career options with a Finance degree?

Our finance degree graduates pursue careers as Bankers, Financial Analysts, Investment Portfolio Managers or Analysts, and Investment Security Traders or Analysts. 

Our graduating seniors have been hired by the following companies:

  • General Electric Corporation
  • GE Capital
  • People’s United Bank
  • UBS
  • Bank of America
  • The World Bank
  • Bloomberg
  • Bloomberg
  • Interactive Brokers
  • Diageo
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Morgan Stanley
  • EuroPacific Capital
  • US Trust
  • Blum Shapiro
  • PriceWaterhouse Coopers 

Want to hear about more opportunities? Talk with one of our career counselors

Will I be able to study abroad?

Yes, to learn more about our study abroad opportunities available to students, visit our study abroad website.

What co-curricular activities are available?

Finance students have opportunities to join several clubs, including the Finance and Economics Club and Rotaract Club. Each fall students are invited to participate in the Fed Challenge competition. Moreover, the College of Business has partnered with the Stamford Chartered Financial Analyst Society (SCFAS) for the Investment Management Program (IMP) intended for aspiring investment professionals. In 2012 the IMP was named to the CFA Institute’s (CFAI) University Recognition Program. This status is earned by only a handful of programs at universities throughout the world.

In addition, students routinely travel to various corporate headquarters, Federal Reserve Bank in NY, United Nations, and other private business offices as part of the Welch Experience.  

What facilities and resources are available to Finance students?

Finance majors utilize a state-of-the-art finance lab. The College of Business provides Bloomberg Terminals and access to in-depth economic data through subscribed databases such as Datastream and Compustat.