Finance

Program Features

Xavier is known for its excellent undergraduate finance program, with 99% of students working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating. Our rigourous program is a minimum 120-hour degree program that focuses on discovering the techniques for making investments, controlling costs, and making effective financial decisions for some of the top companies and organizations in the nation.

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.
  • Foreign 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.
  • Foreign 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

The Finance Association is open to anyone interested in learning more about finance, making friends, and networking. Throughout the year, they have activities like a semiannual cookout, guest speakers, and bonding events.

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Outcomes

99% of students from Xavier's Finance department are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Accountant, Human Resources Coordinator, Account Executive, Campaign Manager, Financial Analyst, Operations Manager

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

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

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.

Professional Opportunities

Xavier is located in the middle of Cincinnati’s vibrant business community, which includes eight Fortune 500 companies. Here, practical internship experience can lead to employment.


Internships

Student Investment Funds

The Department of Finance is home to two student-managed investment funds with a combined market value of over $4.0 million.


Equity Portfolios

5/3 Trading Center

Xavier's Trading Center is home to one the nation's largest educational installations of Bloomberg LP financial software - the standard on Wall Street and throughout the global financial industry.


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."