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.