The Finance major is a department within the College of Business.
Admission and Progression Standards for this major:
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Description of Major
Finance is offered as a major at JMU through the Department of Finance and Business Law. The Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance offers a strong foundation in the principles of valuation, financial statement analysis, and the concepts behind sound financial decision-making. The finance major is designed to prepare students for careers in the financial management of industrial and commercial enterprises; financial institutions; investment analysis and portfolio management; finance positions in federal, state and local governments; and graduate study. The required major courses provide all finance majors with an emphasis in financial management, investments, markets, and analytical skills. Electives permit the student to specialize in areas such as international finance, portfolio management, risk management, financial analysis, and real estate.
Students must successfully complete lower‑level business requirements and apply for admission in to the College of Business in order to pursue the Finance major. Students interested in pursuing a business major are encouraged to begin taking lower‑division business courses as early as possible.
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The study of finance prepares students for a variety of career opportunities. Financial management studies individual, corporate, or governmental financial planning, asset and liability management, and corporate budgeting. Students interested in investment management learn analysis of financial investments and the economic interaction between the financial institutions and the financial markets in which they operate. Some students interested in the international aspect of finance study asset and liability management, capital budgeting, fund-raising, and exchange transactions for multinational corporations. They also study international financial markets, financial institutions, and risks involved in foreign transactions. Students study asset and liability management of institutions, with special consideration given to the legal and regulatory environment to prepare for careers in depository institutions and regulatory agencies.
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Finance involves the study of how money is stored, protected, received, distributed, and generally managed. It is a broad area that tends to overlap into a number of specialized fields such as financial planning, real estate, and insurance. Areas of specialization are: financial risk management and financial analysis.
common major or minor combinations from other departments
complement this major?
Finance majors will often combine their study with Accounting, Economics, and Computer Information Systems.
OF SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS
Successful students in finance have a strong aptitude for solving problems, and analyzing, comparing, and interpreting financial and economic data. Strong written and oral communications skills are also important. Knowledge of and familiarity with spreadsheet and other database management tools is essential. Internships and / or other experiential learning are strongly encouraged.
Many graduates choose typical career paths associated with this major. However, some graduates choose unrelated careers that use skills and experiences developed during their years in college. For example, many students major in finance as preparation for law school and for further study in finance.
Keep in mind, that some fields will require certification, graduate study, or further training. Possible career paths include the following: