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Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013 - 2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Finance Major, B.B.A.


The Finance major within the B.B.A. degree program prepares students with a broad foundation of business knowledge and management skills, and proficiency in finance for professional careers in the financial departments of industrial, commercial, and financial institutions, investment firms, real estate firms, insurance companies, and government and public agencies.

The Finance major curriculum introduces business students to theories, concepts, practices, and advances in financial analysis, ethical decision making, and financial management. Topics covered include risk estimation and solutions; efficient management of funds, selection of alternative sources of financing, the financial adaptation of the firm and the individual investor to a dynamic economic and political environment, the fundamental and technical valuation of various types of assets, and the determination of appropriate investment policies for the firm and the individual within the U.S. as well as the international environment. 

Admission to Major:

  • Completion of all College of Business Administration lower-division requirements.
  • Students must meet with an academic advisor in the Monte Ahuja College of Business Center, Ahuja Hall, BU 219 to declare a major in Finance.


The finance faculty is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise and scholarship in investments, banking, risk analysis, international finance, and real estate investment.


Students may choose from four areas of specialization:

  • Investment Management
  • Management of Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate
  • Financial Management


Declared Finance Majors work with academic advisors in the Monte Ahuja College of Business Advising Center; call 216-687-3729 for information.

Student organizations:

Student Chapter, Financial Management Association (FMA); telephone: 216-687-3939.


Finance majors are encouraged to gain practical experience in finance by doing professional internships with area firms. Internships may be done for credit. For more information, contact the Finance Department (216-687-4716) or the College of Business Career Services Office in BU 212 (216-687-3836).

Financial Assistance:

Scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, and part-time employment are available to help students pay for college costs. For information, please contact Campus411 at 216-687-5411 or visit their website at http://www.csuohio.edu/enrollmentservices/campus411/.

Major-Field Requirements

The requirements for a major in Finance are as follows: complete 8 credit hours of Finance core courses (FIN 353 Introduction to Investments and FIN 360 Financial Markets and Institutions) beyond FIN 351, 20 credits of finance courses beyond FIN 351, FIN 353 and FIN 360, a 300/400 level accounting course, and one 3-credit or 4-credit courses from a selected list of courses in accounting, economics or finance.  Please consult with a business advisor for specific recommended courses.  The Finance major must earn at least a grade of C or better in FIN 351 Introduction to Financial Management  and in the two required core courses in the major (FIN 353 Introduction to Investments and FIN 360 Financial Markets and Institutions).  The Finance major must also earn a grade of C or better in the 20 additional credit hours of 400-level finance elective courses.