JMU Major: Quantitative Finance
The quantitative finance major is highly quantitative and computer intensive, and is designed to prepare you for careers in financial engineering, structured finance, financial modeling, securitization, actuarial science and portfolio management. The focus of this major is on problem solving in quantitative areas of finance with an added emphasis on the application of complex securities to a variety of financial situations. This interdisciplinary major is a highly structured program that requires you to minor in both mathematics and economics. Many quantitative finance Title choose to complete a second major in mathematics or economics.
You should consult with your adviser as early as possible to identify the appropriate sequence of courses. You should start planning your program in your freshman year because of the significant prerequisites and the fact that some of the upper-level courses are only offered once per year. The first finance course that you take is Introduction to Quantitative Finance (FIN 250), during the spring semester of their sophomore year. You are encouraged to complete a summer internship between the sophomore and junior years, as well as between your junior and senior years.
The faculty prides itself on staying current and innovative through a commitment to excellence in education and research. In our classes we emphasize both a theoretical understanding of financial management and markets as well as the practical application in relating financial and economic theory to real-world problems. The Department of Finance and Business Law faculty members have published in journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Financial Analysts Journal and the Journal of Futures Markets. Faculty members have also published numerous books, cases and monographs.
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the quantitative finance major when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form to the College of Business, Office of Student Academic Services, Zane Showker Hall, room 205.
Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.