The Catholic University of America

CUA economics students

The Undergraduate Major in

Finance

With rigorous courses in investment analysis, options and futures, financial markets, financial statement analysis, and corporate finance, this program is designed to prepare students for careers managing the finances of both profit and non-profit organizations as well as serving the needs of the financial services industry as a securities analyst or broker.

Curriculum

Students majoring in finance will complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) in Finance.

Major Requirements: To earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) in Finance, students must complete 22 business and economics courses. This includes: 11 core courses (in introductory accounting, economics, management, business law, and ethics); 4 finance concentration courses; 4 Math/Computer Science/Statistics courses; and 3 business and economics electives.

University Requirements: Students must also complete the core University requirements, specific to their major, in order to complete their degree. Finance students are required to complete 18 courses in addition to their business and economics courses. These courses include: philosophy, theology, humanities, literature, writing and composition, and free electives.

> See detailed course list and suggested sequence of courses
 

Opportunities

Study Abroad: Students majoring in finance are encouraged to broaden their educational experience by spending a semester studying abroad. The study abroad opportunity in Rome, Italy, is one particular location that is oriented towards business majors. The key to studying abroad while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, is to plan ahead. Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor, and also visit the CUAbroad office.

> Read more about study abroad procedures.

Internships: An internship is a unique academic opportunity that allows students to step out of the classroom and gain real-world experience in a professional setting. Possibilities such as the U.S. Department of State, Wells Fargo Advisors, and Wachovia Securities are all local internship opportunities that our finance students have filled.

> Read more about internship opportunities.

Minor Programs: Students majoring in finance have a wide variety of minors available to them and may choose from disciplines offered across the University. Popular choices for finance majors are: foreign languages, politics, or philosophy. However, students majoring in finance may not minor in a business discipline.

> Full list of minors within the School of Arts & Sciences.
 

Career Development

In today’s competitive job market, gaining professional or internship experience during college is critical to finding employment upon graduation. Planning for and obtaining that experience should begin early in a student’s academic career. To educate and assist students in finding professional opportunities, we offer a career development program during the fall and spring semesters for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. 

Popular career paths for recent graduates with a finance degree include financial analyst, business analyst, sales representative, investment banker, accountant, and financial advisor.
 

Student Life

Organizations: The Business Professional Society is a student organization for those who wish to apply what they learn in the classroom to the outside world. Through BPS, students are exposed to simulation exercises, trips to local D.C. business organizations, and a network of friends who also wish to expand their knowledge in business.

Trips and Field Study: Finance majors have the opportunity to apply to the CUA on Wall Street program, which gives students access to CUA alumni who are currently employed on Wall Street. Students who participate travel to New York City on an annual trip to learn more about their prospective career and network with valuable contacts.

Community: One of the many advantages of pursuing a degree from a small university is the close community that is formed among students and professors. Students are supported within the School of Business and Economics by their classmates, which creates an atmosphere of mutual success, rather than unwelcoming competition. Instructors are available for one-on-one help during office hours, and often mentor their students throughout their college and professional careers.

> Visit the Business and Economics Student Life page. 


Student Profile

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CUA has not only provided me with the education I will need to pursue a career in finance, but it has allowed me to receive a well-rounded education based on a Catholic foundation.Caitlin Piotrowski

 

Finance Faculty

Mario Enzler
Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance

Joe Miranda
Finance Lecturer

Reza Saidi
Associate Professor of Finance

Jamshed Uppal
Associate Professor of Finance

Luanne Zurlo
Assistant Professor of Finance

> Main Faculty Page

 

Come Visit Us

Campus tours: We invite you and your family to visit our campus in the heart of Washington, D.C.

See Admissions for the open house schedule or to request information.

Find out about tuition, fees, and financial aid.

The School of Business and Economics welcomes inquiries from prospective undergraduate majors. Please contact the Busch Advising Suite at sbe-advising@cua.edu for more information about our programs