Finance is the art and science of managing money or the way people, institutions, markets and countries generate and transfer wealth. Business students in the Finance program study issues facing the financial services industry, including forecasting, budgeting and asset and liability management. At Roger Williams University, our Finance students will find a wide variety of elective courses that develop analytical and problem solving skills as well as faculty-led study tours to major U.S. and international financial centers.
As the focus of the Finance major is on financial institutions, instruments and services, the Center for Advanced Financial Education (CAFE) provides hands-on training in securities analysis and portfolio management. The Student Investment Management Fund provides a select set of students the opportunity to manage a $100,000 portfolio for a semester. In addition, Finance majors have access to the University’s high-tech trading rooms.
Finance students have opportunities for collaborations with faculty, such as the recently published article, "Pandora's Box or Paper Tiger: Repeal of Glass-Steagall and the Deregulation of the U.S. Banking Industry," which was presented at the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute conference. Our students also compete at the national R.I.S.E. Symposium Student Portfolio Competition each year. Last year they were awarded third place - undergraduate; equity growth category.
RWU Finance graduates secure positions within corporations, investment firms, insurance companies, banks and government agencies.