Finance Major

Program Features

If you've got a head for numbers, a Xavier degree in finance adds up to a great investment. As a student in the finance major, you’ll discover the techniques for making and managing investments, allocating resources and managing cash flows at some of the top companies and financial institutions in the country. You’ll also learn about more than just the bottom line through challenging courses focused on academics, ethics and real-world experience. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for a meaningful career in the financial industry.

The finance major at Xavier University was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the #36 undergraduate finance major in the nation for 2022. 98% of our students, including those in the finance major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduation (Class of 2021).

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Finance major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • MATH 140 or 170: Calculus............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 101: English Composition............ 3cr.
  • Second Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • MKTG 300: Principles of Marketing............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 101: The Business Profession............ 0cr.
  • CORE 100: First Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA First Year Experience............ 0cr.

Spring

  • THEO 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • Second Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • ECON 200: Microeconomic Principles............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 220: Management of Business Technology............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 102: The Business Profession I............ 0cr.
  • CORE 102............ 0cr.

Fall

  • ECON 201: Macroeconomic Principles............ 3cr.
  • ACCT 200: Introductory Financial Accounting............ 3cr.
  • PHIL 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 201: The Business Profession II............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 210: Quantitative Methods............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.

Spring

  • FINC 300: Business Finance............ 3cr.
  • ACCT 201: Introductory Managerial Accounting............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 211: Introduction to Business Analytics............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives & Lab............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 202: The Business Profession II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • PHIL 200: Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 201: Business & Professional Communication (OC/WRIT flags)............ 3cr.
  • Business Elective, FINC 490 or Internship for Credit............ 3cr.
  • FINC 350: Financial Statement Analysis............ 3cr.
  • FINANCE 365: Investments............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 301: The Business Profession III............ 0cr.

Spring

  • MGMT 200: Organizational Management............ 3cr.
  • ECON 300: International Trade & Business Environment............ 3cr.
  • FINC 385: Financial Modeling............ 3cr.
  • FINC Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 302: The Business Profession III............ 0cr.

Fall

  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective and Lab............ 3cr.
  • BLAW 300: Legal Environment (ERS/DCR flags)............ 3cr.
  • FINC 401: Financial Management............ 3cr.
  • FINC Elective............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 401: The Business Profession IV............ 0cr.

Spring

  • ENGL 205: Literature & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 302: Quality & Productivity in Operations............ 3cr.
  • Business Core Capstone............ 3cr.
  • FINC Capstone (488, 492 or 495)............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 402: The Business Profession IV............ 0cr.
  • CORE 499: Reflection on the Core Curriculum............ 0cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the finance major at Xavier:

Investments (FINC 365) - This course introduces techniques for analyzing investments in equities, fixed-income securities, options, and futures. Emphasis is on asset selection and risk management.

Intermediate Financial Management (FINC 401) - Intermediate Financial Management examines the issues of capital budgeting, capital structure, cost of capital, payout policy, and working capital management at the intermediate level. The course also introduces students to corporate governance and corporate risk management.

Financial Modeling (FINC 485) - This course is designed to develop the student's ability to apply financial modeling techniques in the identification, analysis, and solution to financial problems. Emphasis in this class is on financial forecasting, valuation, and risk analysis.

Cases and Problems in Finance (FINC 495) - This class is a capstone to the Finance major, integrating material from the other required finance courses. The class consists of case studies involving decision making in the areas of financial analysis, capital budgeting, capital structure, valuation, and related areas.

Clubs

Finance Association

Students in this club get opportunities to network with finance executives, learn about finance careers and bond with fellow finance majors.

Business Leaders for Tomorrow

Members of this student organization explore business processes firsthand by networking with and learning from various business leaders in Cincinnati and beyond. Events from past years have included trips to Silicon Valley and Chigaco, job shadowing days and guest lecturers.

 Beta Alpha Psi- Finance Honor Society 

Beta Alpha Psi Mu Rho Chapter is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. Students promote ethical practices, network with alumns and working professionals and participate in service activities.

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Outcomes

98% of Xavier students, inclusing those in the finance major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating (Class of 2021).

Career Opportunities: Acountant, Auditor, Budget Analyst, Credit Analyst, Financial Analyst, Financial Planner, Hedge Fund Manager, Investor Relations Associate, Investment Banking Analyst, Personal Financial Advisor, Tax Associate, Venture Capitalist

Top Companies for William's College of Business Graduates: Macy's, Inc., Fifth Third Bank, Total Quality Logistics, Ernst & Young, U.S. Bank, Medpace, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

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All For One

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Cincinnati: A City of Opportunity for Finance Majors

A photo of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio at night. Lights from the buildings reflect on the Ohio river. Many students in the finance major find internships and jobs in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cincinnati, Ohio features some of the largest companies in the world, which means students in the finance major have countless opportunities for careers, internships and mentorships at places like Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bancorp, American Financial and Western & Southern Financial group. The city is ranked the #1 Best City for College Graduates (smartasset.com) and the #15 Best Place to Start a Career (WalletHub).


Going to College in Cincinnati

Investment Funds for Finance Majors

Students earning their finance degree working together in a classroom

The Department of Finance is home to two student-managed investment funds with a combined market value of over $6.7 million. The Xavier Student Bond Investment Fund is a $1.6 million fixed income portfolio managed by MBA students and the D’Artagnan Capital Fund is an equity portfolio managed by students in the undergraduate finance major.


Equity Portfolios for Finance Majors

5/3 Trading Center on Campus

Finance majors working inside Xavier's 5/3 Trading Center

The Fifth Third Trading Center is a 1,350 square foot educational trading facility designed to replicate the trading floors in investment banks, brokerage firms and hedge funds on Wall Street. Students in the finance major have access to real-time data feeds from leading providers of financial information including Bloomberg LP and SandP Capital IQ.


5/3 Trading Center

Finance prof Kim Renners’ goal? To be Mentor as well as Teacher

Xavier Professor Kim Renners is a mentor to her students. Today, you can find her teaching classes like: Introduction to Business Finance, Financial Statement Analysis, and Bond Portfolio Management.

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Finance Major at Xavier University

A degree in Finance is designed to develop an appreciation of financial management and financial operations. Everyone majoring in Finance at Xavier must take courses designed to acquaint them with the various financial records of a firm, the character and appraisal of corporate securities, and the financial techniques applicable to the various phases of the discipline.

Xavier University's Williams College of Business is accredited by the AACSB. AACSB-accredited schools offer students a relevant and challenging curriculum, the highest quality faculty and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."