Finance Major

Sample Courses

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Modeling
  • Investments
  • Legal Environment
  • Managerial Finance

Popular Electives

  • Applied Portfolio Management
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • International Finance
  • Options and Derivatives
  • Programming in R and Python

Internships and Placements

  • AYCO
  • Constellation Brands
  • Credit Suisse
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • M&T Bank
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Societe Generale
  • UBS

Alumni Spotlight

Peter Borgesi '16

Major: Economics

Minor: Business Administration

Career: Peter is a vice president at Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking in New York City. He structures and executes debt transactions for corporate, financial, and sovereign clients with a particular focus on ESG labeled products.

Finance Major

The field of finance lies at the center of corporate and personal cash flow planning. Finance offers numerous opportunities for majors to develop a career in fields such as commercial and investment banking, internal planning and risk management, wealth advisory services, valuation, insurance, or real estate.  

Geneseo’s finance majors receive a solid introduction to the fields of managerial and corporate finance, investments, valuation, and financial modeling. Four required electives round out the core foundation and allow students to design a course of study that best prepares them for a variety of career tracks. Elective topics include derivatives, fixed income securities, financial statement analysis, applied portfolio management, and programming in R and Python.


Program Options

Program Highlights

  • Geneseo’s Student Managed Investment Fund has approximately $750,000 under management, a size that puts it in the top 10% of such funds in the world.
  • The endowed Trading Room resources include three Bloomberg terminals, which help students obtain Bloomberg certifications.
  • CFA Level 1 exam scholarships and discounts are possible because Geneseo has Affiliated University status from the CFA institute.  
  • Students perform competitively in the WNY CFA Research Challenge (CFARC); students selected for the CFARC are eligible for special courses and honors.
  • The major is hands-on and applied, emphasizing practice as well as theory, and is designed with industry demands in mind.
  • Available courses include unusual offerings such as Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, Financial Modeling, or Applied Portfolio Management.
  • The department offers annual activities such as an on-campus finance conference with networking opportunities and a weekend trip to NYC featuring networking and visits to banks, hedge funds, and other finance firms.
  • Geneseo’s rich network of successful alumni work in every major sector of finance and are passionate about helping current students.

Example Careers

  • Asset Manager
  • CFO
  • Commercial Banker
  • Commercial Loan Specialist
  • Division Controller
  • Hedge Fund Manager
  • Insurance Broker
  • Investment Banker
  • Real Estate Agent, Broker, or Developer
  • Wealth Advisor

Recent Grad Schools

  • UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
  • University of Rochester, Simon School of Business

School of Business

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School of Business

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