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Finance Courses & Tracks

finance-coursesCourses offered in the finance major and minor expose students to the traditional areas of study within the discipline: corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions.

Subject areas include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Finance
  • Statistics
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Investments
  • International Finance
  • Seminar in Finance
  • Ethics

View the full and current list of course offerings in the Course Catalog.

Special Programs in the Department of Finance

Within the finance major, students can choose to pursue specialty programs and tracks to better prepare them for specific careers after graduation. Program summaries are below, but students seeking the quantitative track or careers in wealth management, corporate financial planning and analysis, or risk management should contact their advisor (preferably) or the finance chair for directives on the sequence of courses.

Finance Quant Track – FINq

The Department of Finance offers an advisory quantitative track option (FINq) for selected first-year students. This option provides the opportunity to complete the required finance courses with a greater focus on quantitative aspects of finance and an increased application of computer software/programs that may include Python, Excel, and/or other relevant tools. The goal of FINq is to better prepare students for the increasingly quantitative positions in commercial banking/credit risk analysis, investment/wealth management, and corporate financial planning and analysis (FP&A).

Risk Management Track

Industries that utilize risk managers include commercial banking, insurance, investment banking, commercial real estate, financial services consulting, and the list is only growing. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth is expected to be 19% through 2026. To assist students interested in these field, the finance department is proud to be one of the few programs that offers a risk management track at the undergraduate level. This advisory track includes preparing students to sit for the Certified Credit Essentials examination.

The risk management track is offered in partnership with the Risk Management Association (RMA) of USA. This partnership opens unique opportunities to PC students interested in this field, such as resources to find risk management internships and information on scholarships. The track is guided and supported by the Risk Management Track Task Force, comprised of senior executives from Boston’s leading financial firms. For more information on the Risk Management Task Force, click here.

The PC School of Business also has a partnership with the Saint John’s University (NY) Masters in Science program in Risk Management and Risk Analysis, which provides priority consideration and a tuition discount to PC Risk Management Track graduates.

For more information about the Risk Management Track contact Dr. Vivian Okere or Professor Arati Kale.

Risk Management Track Courses

Students in the risk management track  FOUR of the following courses:

FIN 417 – Fixed Income Securities

FIN 440 – Options and Futures

FIN 470 – Special Topics in Enterprise Risk Management

FIN 422 – Commercial Credit Risk Analysis

* FIN 422 prepares students to sit for the Certified Credit Essentials examination

Other optional courses related to risk management:

FIN 311 – Management Science

FIN 320 – Insurance and Risk Management

FIN 445 – Portfolio Management

Programs for Careers in Wealth Management and Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis

Students who wish to pursue a career in wealth management or corporate financial planning and analysis (CFP&A) have the ability to pursue the options below at the undergraduate level by selecting the appropriate finance curriculum augmented by co-curricular activities.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I

The Providence College bachelor of science 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 PCSB finance 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 programs at the undergraduate level provides 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.

Courses for the CFA & CTP Tracks

Rather than enrolling in free electives towards the minimum credit requirement for graduation, students in the Investment Management Track and the Treasury Management Track are advised to enroll in:

For both CFA & CTP tracks:

ACC 310 – Intermediate Accounting I

ACC 311 – Intermediate Accounting II

FIN 420 – Corporate Treasury Management

For CFA track:

FIN 440 – Options and Futures

FIN 445 – Portfolio Management

FIN 417 – Fixed Income Securities

Students may also enroll in the two-semester course: FIN 495 – Student Managed Investment Fund I and FIN 496 – Student Managed Investment Fund II