What is Finance at WVU like?
Finance is the study of the creation and management of wealth. A Finance major learns how to evaluate and control assets and risks to maximize the value to owners or beneficiaries. This involves such day-to-day activities as collecting/paying money and interacting with banks and other financial institutions. Also involved is long-range planning about what building and equipment to buy, what stocks to purchase or issue, managing dividends and interest, using insurance to protect assets and developing new financial instruments or services. Finance majors are prepared for careers on either side of the desk: as sellers or buyers of investments; as credit seekers or credit grantors; and as purveyors or recipients of insurance services.
Finance majors take a 37-credit-hour core business curriculum that is modeled on the interrelationships among the functional areas of business as they occur in the real world. Emphasis is on developing skills for effective teamwork, communication and leadership—the skills employers value highly.
Finance program highlights:
At a Glance
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Areas of Emphasis
Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:
Corporate Finance and Valuation
Meets professional standards required for the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) certification.
- Energy Finance
Meets educational requirements for the Certified Financial Planning designation (CFP).
Available to Finance majors who do not meet the requirements of other Areas of Emphasis.
- Risk Management and Insurance
- Wealth Management