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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Finance and Business Law

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Dr. Hui Sono, Department Head
Phone: (540) 568-6530
Email: sonohh@jmu.edu
Location: Zane Showker Hall, Room 335
Website: www.jmu.edu/cob/finance

P. Drake, J. Fink, K. Fink,
A. Hamilton, Q. Liu, D. Thomas

Associate Professors
E. Semaan, H. Sono

Assistant Professors
J. Chowdhury, C. Larsson, K. Schumann,
C. Ullrich, A. Usman

M. Graham, D. Parker, R. Rubin

Department of Finance and Business Law

Mission Statement

The Program of Finance and Business Law strives to prepare students for decision-making roles in an increasingly technological and global environment.


To support its mission, the Department of Finance and Business Law is committed to the following:

  • Creating an educational environment that fosters an intellectual curiosity about the functioning of commerce and the facilitating role of finance and business law.
  • Using an integrative instructional approach to provide a quality comprehensive educational, cultural and social experience for students.
  • Raising expectations and aspirations of students.
  • Providing a proper balance between challenge and support in the education process.
  • Providing the larger university community with access to the basic principles and applications of finance for essential life cycle decisions through courses designed for non-finance students and through innovative and contemporary curriculums.

Career Opportunities

The finance major is designed to prepare students for careers in the financial management of industrial and commercial enterprises; commercial, retail and mortgage banking; investment analysis and portfolio management; real estate; insurance; finance positions in federal, state and local governments; and graduate study.

Job titles held by graduates of the programs include:

  • Analyst, Real Estate Development
  • Analyst, Structured Finance
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Associate, Forensic Technology
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Consultant/Engineer Analytics
  • Corporate Model Analyst
  • Credit Manager
  • Director of Risk Management
  • Director, Investor Relations
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Engineer
  • Financial Management Analyst
  • Internal Auditor
  • Junior Analyst
  • Lending Officer
  • Loan Analyst
  • Manager, Capital Budgeting
  • Manager, Pension Fund Investments
  • Manager, Project Finance
  • Mortgage Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Pricing Analyst
  • REIT Analyst
  • Securities Analyst
  • Senior Banking Analyst
  • Vice President, Credit Policy
  • Vice President, Finance

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • Financial Management Association
  • Madison Investment Fund
  • Global Association of Risk Professionals

Degree and Major Requirements

The Department of Finance and Business Law offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and the B.S. degree in quantitative finance. As part of the JMU assessment program, graduating seniors are required to participate in assessment activities. Assessment information is used to assist the College of Business and department faculty in curricula.


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