Bachelor’s of Finance

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Program style: hands-on, traditional lecture, and online. 

What will I study?

The finance major provides you with the knowledge and skills required to apply the tools and techniques of financial management in all types of organizations.  The discipline focuses on financial management as it relates to the raising and investing of capital consistent with the stated goals of an organization.  The finance major also covers topics related to personal investing from the perspectives of both the individual investor and the people entrusted to manage investment funds. 

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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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.  

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
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley
  • UBS 
  • Northwestern Mutual

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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.

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What are my career opportunities with a Finance degree?

Here are just a few examples of careers you may pursue with the finance degree:

  • Banker
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Portfolio Manager or Analyst
  • Investment Security Trader or Analyst

According to the latest National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) salary survey, the average starting salary as of July 2010 for the finance major was approximately $50,356, this compares to the average overall starting salaries for all business majors of $46,672. However, NACE reports that Finance majors received disproportionately more offers than most majors during this period

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