ESU introduces its Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, elevating its existing concentration in finance to a full undergraduate degree program.
B.S. Finance will provide students with opportunities for careers in the largest domestic and multi-national corporations.
The B.S. Finance program will provide students with essential knowledge in corporate finance, investment analysis, international financial management, derivatives such as equity and currency options, commodity and financial futures, currency and interest rate swaps, fixed-income securities, and ethical and managerial decision-making skills.
The program will also emphasize data analysis on the Bloomberg platform – in ESU’s Bloomberg Finance Lab – portfolio management, and security trading software. B.S. Finance is a 48-credit program, requiring 30 credits of business core classes, 15 credits of finance classes, and three credits of a business elective (along with 45 credits in general education, as a student compiles the 120 credits necessary for graduation).
Completion of the program will enable students to sit for the Series 63 and Series 7 exams, administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which are required by many corporations and financial institutions for entry-level positions in finance. Students will also be prepared for board certification examinations in Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Financial Technician (CFT) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) – relating to specific fields of expertise and desirable for career advancement and professional success.
ESU’s program provides flexibility for faculty to focus on best practices in response to the evolving needs of students and employers.
For transfer students, the B.S. Finance program lends itself to a dual degree/joint admission opportunity for community college students, including students at Northampton CC and Lehigh-Carbon CC.