Finance Courses & Tracks
Courses 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
- Financial Markets and Institutions
- International Finance
- Seminar in Finance
Special Course Opportunities
Students seeking the Fast Track, CFA, or CTP Options should contact their advisor (preferably) or the Finance chair for directives on the sequence of courses.
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.
The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Option
The Finance Department offers course options augmented by co-curricular activities that will prepare students to sit for the Level I CFA exam in the spring semester of their senior year. Offering this option at the undergraduate level will provide PC students with a clear competitive advantage, increasing their value to a wide range of employers, including firms involved with security analysis and research, investment banking, asset/wealth management and financial planning.
Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) Option
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:
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 courses of:
FIN 495 – Student Managed Investment Fund I
FIN 496 – Student Managed Investment Fund II