SHIELDS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Finance, Bachelor of Science

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Earn a High-Demand Finance Degree from Saint Francis University

Our Finance program will provide you with the critical knowledge base of accounting, corporate finance, and investments, then build on that foundation with advanced courses in financial management and portfolio management. Courses taught by expert scholars and top executives will prepare you to meet the demands of this growing industry.

 

The Finance program is housed in the Shields School of Business and affords you every opportunity to obtain a student-centric and values-based business education. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge, skills, confidence, and experience needed to succeed personally and professionally.

 

Offered: On-Campus

accredited program through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)  
real-world resume-building opportunities alongside top executives are woven throughout your curriculum
test your skills through the Society of Economic Analysis, the Investment Club, or Enactus 
The SFU LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Finance the Saint Francis Way

You'll advance your critical thinking and decision-making skills while working closely with your classmates in small group settings. Working with peers, you will analyze business opportunities to identify those that create value. Courses will help you build appreciation for both the art and the science of managing resources on both a personal and corporate level.  

Get Hands-on Finance Experience

 

The Saint Francis University Investment Club manages a stock portfolio that has grown an initial donation of $10,000 into approximately $100,000.  Students interested in a career in Finance gain real-world experiences, investing with the Investment Club and lending money through the Francis Fund

 

Benefit from Experienced Scholars and Executives-in-Residence

CURRICULUM & COURSES

What You’ll Learn in Finance Program

Your finance education begins with a foundation in accounting, corporate finance, and investments. Establishing a base in these areas will assist you in excelling in advanced courses such as financial management, portfolio management, and other current topics in finance. In addition, you will complete your finance education knowing how to perform sophisticated cost-benefit analyses that will propel you towards a successful career.

 

In our Finance program, you’ll focus on both personal investing and financial management related to the raising and investing of capital consistent with the goals of an organization. You will also:

  • Develop knowledge and problem-solving skills in corporate finance, investments, financial markets, international finance, and private wealth management

  • Learn to solve problems using quantitative methods

  • Apply theory and skills to practical applications, including financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting, investment management, capital budgeting, and risk management

  • Understand how legal, regulatory, and ethical environments affect business decision-making

  • Undergraduate Path
  • Accelerated/Graduate
  • Learning Outcomes
  • On-Campus:

     

    Degree Paths

    Description

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    Finance, B.S. 

    on-campus program 

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    Plan of Study

    Entrepreneurship  Concentration, Finance, B.S. 

    a specialization taken as part of the  B.S.

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  • Accelerated/Advanced Degree Options

     

    Degree Paths 

    Description

    Catalog 

    Plan of Study

    Accelerated MBA/Finance

     

    for high achievers: earn both an undergraduate finance degree and an MBA in 4 years

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    Plan of Study

    MBA/Finance

     

    earn both an undergraduate finance degree and an MBA in 5 years

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  • The Shields School of Business will graduate students who have the knowledge, skills, love of learning, confidence, drive, and ethical and moral values needed to be spiritually fulfilled in life and successful in professional careers.

     

    Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

    • Demonstrate, in the Spirit of Saint Francis in the Marketplace, knowledge of the ethical value choices and responsibilities of businesses and business leaders.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles in business in the functional areas of accounting, information systems, finance, management, and marketing.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal, social, economic environments of business.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the global dimension of business.
    • Integrate the functional areas of business in the process of decision-making.
    • Demonstrate the ability to professionally communicate.

Experienced finance faculty who love to teach

You will have many opportunities to work one-on-one or in small groups with the faculty. Guest speakers and site visits augment the instruction in several courses to enrich the value of the program.  Guest speakers and site visits augment the instruction in several courses to enrich the value of the program.

 

Department Contact: Dr. Angela Seidel, aseidel@francis.edu, 814-472-3076

As our service-based economy expands, there is an increasing need for trained professionals to manage and oversee the financial decisions of all types of organizations. Finance is designed for students who seek careers in the financial services industry, such as investment and commercial banking; careers in corporate finance or real estate; and/or other areas of the business world.

Our graduates have gone on to work for Fortune 500 companies all over the country. A Saint Francis University Finance degree can prepare you to excel in fields such as corporate finance, commercial and investment banking, financial planning, financial analysis, and risk management.

 

Consider these careers in finance:

  • Financial or Budget Analysts
  • Personal Financial Advisors and Financial Managers
  • Loan Officers and Credit Analysts
  • Real Estate Brokers and Real Estate Sales Agents
  • Stock Brokers and Investment Bankers
FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Finance and Saint Francis University

  • Will I be able to study abroad and complete the Finance program?

    Absolutely!  Your faculty will encourage you to explore all the learning opportunities available to you, including study abroad.  Saint Francis University has semester-long and short-term study abroad opportunities designed to fit any academic program.  

  • Can I compete in athletics and still earn a Finance degree?

    Yes!  Our faculty are very student-centric.  Supporting students in all their pursuits is a common theme among all of our faculty.   Additionally, our Student Athlete Development staff will help you balance your demands both on and off the field.   

  • Can I earn a double major, minor, or concentration with my Finance degree?

    Most of our students are combining various majors, minors, and concentrations to customized a curriculum that fits their career goals.  Common minors for finance majors include marketing, management, and business analytics.  Some of the more unique combinations include computer science, communications, and an aviation specialization.  

Your future in finance starts with Saint Francis.

Accreditation 

The Bachelor of Science in Finance program at Saint Francis University has specialized accreditation through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located in Lenexa, Kansas.