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Department of Finance and Business Law

Dr. Pamela Peterson Drake, Head
Phone: (540) 568-6530
E-mail: drakepp@jmu.edu
Web site: cob.jmu.edu/finance

J. Albert, F. Damanpour, A. Francfort, A. Hamilton, H. Hobson, B. Marshall, D. Thomas

Associate Professor
K. Fink

Assistant Professors
J. Fink, J. Godbey, Q. Liu, E. Semaan

Career Opportunities
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
Degree and Major Requirements
Transfer Credit


Mission Statement

The Program of Finance and Business Law strives to prepare students for decision-making roles in an increasingly technological and global environment.



To support its mission, the Program of Finance and Business Law is committed to the following:

  • Creating an educational environment that fosters an intellectual curiosity about the functioning of commerce and the facilitating role of finance and business law.
  • Using an integrative instructional approach to provide a quality comprehensive educational, cultural and social experience for students.
  • Raising expectations and aspirations of students.
  • Providing a proper balance between challenge and support in the education process.
  • Providing the larger university community with access to the basic principles and applications of finance for essential life cycle decisions through courses designed for non-finance students and through innovative and contemporary curriculums.


Career Opportunities

The finance major is designed to prepare students for careers in the financial management of industrial and commercial enterprises; commercial, retail and mortgage banking; investment analysis and portfolio management; real estate; insurance; finance positions in federal, state and local governments and graduate study.


Corporate Finance

  • Junior Analyst – Finance, Planning and Administration
  • Financial Analyst – Revenue
  • Financial Analyst – Capital Budgets
  • Manager, Capital Budgeting
  • Manager, Project Finance
  • Manager of Financial Planning for Subsidiaries
  • Manager, Financial Planning
  • Vice President of Finance


Portfolio Management

  • Securities Analyst – Common Stock
  • Securities Analyst – Private Placements
  • Direct Loan Analyst
  • Securities Analyst – Publicly Traded Bonds
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Manager, Pension Fund Investments
  • Director, Investor Relations
  • Account Executive (Securities Broker)


Working Capital Management

  • General Credit Manager
  • Assistant Treasurer – Cash Control and Risk Management
  • Senior Banking Analyst


Corporate Real Estate, Insurance and Miscellaneous

  • Mortgage Analyst – Production
  • Mortgage Analyst – Closing
  • Director of Risk Management
  • Corporate Model Analyst
  • Consultant – Mergers and Acquisitions


Banking and Financial Institutions

  • Corporate Banking Officer
  • Lending Officer – European Corporate Banking
  • Marketing Officer – Metropolitan Banking
  • Vice President – Credit Policy (Financial Analysis Department)


Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • Financial Management Association
  • Madison Investment Fund
  • Quantitative Finance Club


Degree and Major Requirements

The Program of Finance and Business Law offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and the B.S. degree in quantitative finance. As part of the JMU assessment program, graduating seniors are required to participate in assessment activities. Assessment information is used to assist the College of Business faculty in modifying curricula.


Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

The B.B.A. degree in finance requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of undergraduate course work. Fifty percent of this work or 60 credit hours, must be taken outside of the College of Business. In counting the 60 credit hours of non-business courses, students may include all hours taken in General Education (usually 41), up to a total of nine hours in economics (GECON courses must be counted as economics) and three hours of COB 191, Business and Economic Statistics. The remaining hours, to bring the total to 60, must be taken from any department outside the College of Business. Students should carefully select these non-business electives to help them gain additional knowledge and expertise for their careers and personal lives.

Required major courses provide all finance majors with an emphasis in financial management. Electives within the major permit students to obtain an additional emphasis. The finance major conforms to the general structure of the B.B.A. degree programs. The credit-hour requirements for each of the program components are as follows.


Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours

B.B.A. core courses1


Finance major requirements


Free elective2

General Education courses3

Non-business electives



1Up to seven hours of core requirements in economics and calculus may also be taken for General Education credit. Students who take the General Education packages and courses recommended by the College of Business will have only 38 credit hours of additional B.B.A. core requirements.

2 Any course offered by the university.

3The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.


Major Requirements

FIN 360. Money and Capital Markets

FIN 365. Intermediate Finance

FIN 371. Principles of Investments

FIN 488. Advanced Financial Policy

Finance electives


Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Two Years

Students planning to major in finance must complete the 29 to 30 hour, lower-division B.B.A. core curriculum prior to enrolling in upper-division core courses, normally taken in the first semester of the junior year. It is expected that the lower-division core curriculum will be completed during the first two years of study along with all, or most, of the university General Education curriculum. Failing to complete all lower-division core requirements on time will delay enrollment in upper-division core and major courses until at least the second semester of the junior year.


Third and Fourth Years

Finance majors will follow the course schedule below to complete the final two years of their program. It is possible to deviate from this program, but care must be taken to ensure that all course prerequisites are met.

Junior Year
First Semester
Credit Hours
COB 300A. Integrated Functional Systems: Management
COB 300B. Integrated Functional Systems: Finance
COB 300C. Integrated Functional Systems: Operations
COB 300D. Integrated Functional Systems: Marketing
General Education or non-business electives

Second Semester
Credit Hours
FIN 360. Money and Capital Markets 1
FIN 365. Intermediate Finance 1
General Education or non-business electives



Senior Year
First Semester
Credit Hours
FIN 371. Principles of Investments
Finance electives 1
Free elective

Second Semester
Credit Hours
COB 487. Strategic Management
FIN 488. Advanced Financial Policy 1
Finance or business law elective 1
General Education or non-business electives


1 Finance major requirement.


Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Finance

The B.S. degree in quantitative finance is designed to prepare students for careers in financial engineering, structured finance, financial modeling, securitization, actuarial science, financial analysis and portfolio management. The focus of this program is on problem solving in the quantitative areas of finance with an added emphasis on the application of complex securities to a variety of financial situations.

The quantitative finance program, which is an interdisciplinary major with many courses co-listed with the math department, is a highly structured program requiring minor fields in both mathematics and economics or a double major in mathematics and quantitative finance. If the double major is selected students are required to take GECON 200, ECON 201 and ECON 331 but are not required to complete the economics minor. Students electing this program should consult with their major adviser as early as possible to identify the appropriate course sequencing. Students electing to double major in mathematics and quantitative finance should also consult with a mathematics advisor as soon as possible. The required courses for the B.S. in quantitative finance are listed.


Degree Requirements

Credit Hours

General Education1


Scientific Literacy requirement2


Free elective

Major requirements (listed below) and electives


1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 In addition to course work taken to fulfill General Education requirement.


Major Requirements

COB 241. Financial Accounting

Finance Courses

     FIN 350. Principles of Quantitative Finance

     FIN 360. Money and Capital Markets

     FIN 365. Intermediate Finance
     FIN 380. Elemental and Derivative Securities
     FIN/MATH 395. Mathematical Finance
     FIN/MATH 405. Securities Pricing
     FIN 450. Financial Risk Management
     FIN 480. Seminar in Financial Engineering
Choose two of the following:
     FIN/MATH 328. Time Series Analysis
     FIN/MATH 465. Seminar in Actuarial Science I
     FIN/MATH 466. Seminar in Actuarial Science II
     FIN 371. Principles of Investments
     FIN/ECON 372. International Finance and Payments
     FIN 455. International Financial Management
     FIN 488. Advanced Financial Policy
     BLAW 470. Financial Products: Regulation and Protection
Mathematics Courses
     MATH 236. Calculus II
     MATH 237. Calculus III
     MATH 238. Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.
     MATH 248. Computer and Numerical Algorithms
     MATH 318. Introduction to Probability and Statistics
     MATH 440. Fourier Analysis and Partial Differential Equations
Economics Courses (For economics minor)
     GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics
     ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)
     ECON 331. Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
     ECON 332. Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
     ECON 385. Econometrics
     or MATH 322. Applied Linear Regression
     One upper-level economics elective

Note: Majors must take MATH 235 in Cluster 3 and G ECON 200 in Cluster 4 of the General Education requirements.


Transfer Credit

In general, all finance course work must be completed at JMU. Transfer credit for finance courses is awarded only in certain circumstances. In no case will transfer credit be awarded for more than two finance courses, and in no case will transfer credit be awarded for FIN 488, Advanced Financial Policy. Contact the program director for more information on transfer credit.