Feb 05, 2023  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Bachelor of Science

The Department of Finance offers a program of study leading to the degree of bachelor of science. In addition, the department offers a minor in finance.

Both programs are designed to expose students to the traditional areas of study within the discipline of finance: corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions.

Fast Track Option

The Department of Finance offers a Fast Track Option in its program plan of study for selected first-year students. This option provides the student the opportunity to complete the required courses in Finance at a faster pace and enroll in higher level finance courses sooner, which may result in students being better prepared for careers in commercial banking/credit risk analysis, investment/wealth management and corporate treasury management. Students with acceptable scores in AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Economics and SAT(Math) scores above 600 are strongly encouraged to apply for this track.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I

The B.S. degree in finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. It positions our students well to sit for the CFA Level I examination. The Chartered Financial Analyst designation (earned after successful completion of CFA Levels I, II and III exams) has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Certified Treasury Professional (CTP)

The CTP is the flagship for students desiring to pursue careers in Treasury Management. The finance department is a member and a participant in the Association of Finance Professionals (AFP) Corporate Treasury Management (CTM) Program. The CTP is the Global Standard of Excellence in Treasury Management. As a participant, the finance department has been granted access to the resources that will assist instructors in the delivery of the course and in preparing finance majors to sit for the CTP examination. The programs are called the PCSB Investment Management Track (PC-IMT) and Treasury Management Track respectively. Offering these options at the undergraduate level will provide Providence College students with a clear competitive advantage, increasing their value to a wide range of employers, including those involved with securities analysis, investment banking, treasury management, asset-liability management, and financial planning.

CFA & CTP Tracks

Rather than enrolling in free electives towards the minimum credit requirement for graduation, students in CFA and CTP Tracks are advised to enroll in:

For both CFA & CTP tracks:


For CFA track:

FIN 417 - Fixed Income Securities 

Students may also enroll in the two-semester courses of   &  .

PCSB Major Requirements and Policies

All students majoring in business need to follow PCSB requirements. Major requirements may vary. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Academic Guidebook to review the Academic Planning Form pertinent to their program of study. In addition, students should review course descriptions regarding any prerequisites for required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum of 120 credit hours, although some academic programs may require additional credits. Please refer to the Academic Resources  section of the catalog for more information. Information regarding the Core Curriculum is available within each course and online. Additional requirement and policy information can be found on the School of Business website.

Required Courses

  • ACC 110 - Computer Applications in Business I 1 Credit AND ACC 111 - Computer Applications in Business II 1 Credit
  • ACC 113 - Data Applications in Business 2 Credits

  • ACC 203 - Financial Accounting 3 Credits
  • ACC 204 - Managerial Accounting 3 Credits
  • FIN 207 - Managerial Finance I 3 Credits
  • FIN 210 - Introduction to the Finance Profession 1 Credit
  • FIN 217 - Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions I 3 Credits*
  • FIN 218 - Financial Markets and Institutions 3 Credits
  • FIN 308 - Managerial Finance II 3 Credits
  • FIN 310 - Operations Management 4 Credits
  • FIN 317 - Investments 3 Credits
  • FIN 419 - International Finance 3 Credits
  • FIN 480 - Seminar in Finance 3 Credits
  • MGT 301 - Organizational Behavior 3 Credits
  • MGT 330 - Legal Environment for Business I 3 Credits
  • MKT 205 - Principles of Marketing 3 Credits

One FIN Elective:

  • FIN 417 - Fixed Income Securities
  • FIN 420 - Corporate Treasury Management
  • FIN 440 - Options and Futures 
  • FIN 445 - Portfolio Management 
  • FIN 495 - Student Managed Investment Fund I 
  • Or any other 400-level Finance course, except FIN 450 - Finance Internship or FIN 490 - Independent Study in Finance 

*MTH 217 - Introduction to Statistics can be substituted for FIN 217 for all majors. Higher level statistics may be substituted with permission from PCSB.

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