Finance Major Concentrations

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The Department offers three main areas of specialization based on the student’s career path of interest. Each concentration leads to a nationally recognized credential that should help differentiate our students in the job search process. Eligible Finance majors are required to participate in at least one concentration (or opt-out with permission of the Department Chair). Each student meets with a full-time faculty member in the Department at least once each semester to help determine the best path forward.

Concentration in Private Wealth Management

Most students will be automatically enrolled in this popular program that provides a foundation for a career as a financial advisor, broker, financial planner, and more. Students in this concentration are encouraged to take the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam during their senior year prior to graduation. Finance-Accounting double majors are permitted to enroll in this concentration at their discretion. 

To successfully complete this program a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 at graduation with the following four upper level Finance electives (12 credits):

  • FIN 307   Financial Markets & Institutions
  • FIN 305   Personal Financial Planning
  • FIN 312   Investments
  • FIN 405   Private Wealth Management

A minimum grade of C is necessary in all required and most prerequisite classes.

For information on the Concentration in Private Wealth Management please contact either:

Mitchell Ratner, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 255
[email protected]

Feng-Ying Liu, Ph.D.
Sweigart Hall 261
[email protected]

Concentration in Investment Analysis

Students interested in a career in security analysis and portfolio management are encouraged to enroll in this concentration along with the Concentration in Private Wealth Management. (This can be pursued as a stand-alone concentration). This program is specifically designed to prepare students for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 Exam. The CFA designation is globally recognized by employers and investment professionals.

Only undergraduate Finance majors meeting strict minimums are eligible to for this concentration (see Catalog for a full list of prerequisite courses and grades). To successfully complete this program students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the five courses below (15 credits) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 at graduation required:

  • FIN 309 Intermediate Corporate Finance
  • FIN 312 Investments
  • FIN 360 Fixed Income and Derivatives
  • FIN 370 Financial Analysis and Ethics (not required for Finance-Accounting double majors)
  • FIN 412 Investments Analysis and Portfolio Management or FIN 315 Financial Modeling

For information on the Concentration in Investment Analysis please contact:

Jason Chiu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Sweigart Hall 262
[email protected]

Headshot of Mitchell Ratner
Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 255

Areas of Expertise

International finance; stock market efficiency; U.S. financial markets; U.S. banking issues

Feng-Ying Liu
Sweigart Hall 261

Areas of Expertise

Corporate treasury/cash management; corporate restructuring; security issuance; dividend policy and insider trading

Background Information

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 1988, Drexel University, Finance, Econometrics
  • Master of Business Administration, 1983, Drexel University, Accounting

Presentation of Refereed Papers


Chih-Chieh Chiu
Associate Professor of Finance
Sweigart Hall 262

Background Information

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2009, Baruch College, City University of New York, Earnings Quality and Corporate Investment
  • Master of Business Administration, 2003, Columbia University, Finance
  • Bachelor of Science, 1997, University of Witwatersrand, Civil Engineering

Refereed Articles

  • Ratner, M. & Chiu, C. (2015). Hedging Characteristics of Commodity Investment in the Emerging Markets. Global Economy and Finance Journal, 8 (2), 1-13.