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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 students are encouraged to participate in an internship after their first semester in the College. Internships are an extension of the learning experience and provide insights into the actual operations of an organization. The College’s Center for Career Development uses its extensive network of firms and organizations to help students find the right internship for them.

The Finance Club offers professional and social programs. Outside speakers offer information and personal contacts that are very helpful in career development.

Finance faculty have received numerous teaching awards and are widely published in leading finance journals. They have also written textbooks, teaching materials and software packages.

The College offers two bachelor’s degrees: a bachelor of science in business administration and a bachelor of science in economics. All students earning BSBA degrees (accounting, finance, management, marketing and management information systems majors) take the 37 credit-hour core business curriculum. This curriculum 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.

Career Profile

Practically every firm, whether in manufacturing, communications, finance, education or health care, has one or more financial managers. Some of them are treasurers, controllers, credit managers or cash managers. They prepare the financial reports required by the firm to conduct its operations and to ensure that the firm satisfies tax and regulatory requirements.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

BCOR 199 Introduction to Business CS 101 Intro to Computer Applications HIST 101 Western Civilization: Antiquity to 1600 SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology MATH 126 College Algebra

Senior Year

BCOR 320 Legal Environment of Business FIN 420 Business Valuation ACCT 473 Personal Financial Advising ARHS 101 Landmarks of World Art THET 101 Introduction to the Theatre

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The WVU College of Business and Economics has held continuous accreditation by AACSB International since 1954 and the accounting programs added specialized accounting accreditation in 1997. This accreditation assures students and prospective employers that the College’s programs adhere to the highest standards of excellence in nationally recognized business programs. Of the more than 2,000 business programs in the country, 530 hold AACSB business accreditation, of which only 169 have accounting accreditation.

Alumni Profiles

Brian Cleek

A 2001 graduate, Brian Cleek was named vice president for partnership marketing and sales for the Harlem Globetrotters. His advice to students is that they should get to know their professors and advisors. “They are key to your future. Take them to lunch or go grab a coffee with them. Time spent with them like this could be even more valuable than class time.” An advisor in the B&E Career Center helped him get a White House internship his senior year.

Charles Brown

During his 24 years with Nike, Inc., Charles Brown successfully faced many challenges, and his education helped him move through them and grow professionally. He led the expansion of the China manufacturing operation base, helping the unit grow from 400,000 pairs of shoes per month to more than four million per month. His career has taken him to Thailand, South Korea, and China. He is now vice president of global supply chain and sourcing for Hillerich & Bradsby Co., parent of the iconic Louisville Slugger brand.

Reed Williams

A linebacker on the Mountaineer football team, Reed Williams graduated with a 3.86 GPA and degrees in finance and marketing. The WVU coaching staff voted him the “Ideal Mountaineer Man” for his athletic skill, academic achievements and volunteer work. He was one of 16 finalists for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy for a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class Award. Reed was awarded an $18,000 scholarship to fund a graduate degree.

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