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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Finance and Business Law

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Dr. Hui Sono, Department Head
Phone: (540) 568-6530
Location: Zane Showker Hall, Room 335

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

Associate Professors
J. Chowdhury, E. Semaan, H. Sono, C. Ullrich

Assistant Professors
C. Larsson, K. Schumann, A. Usman

M. Graham, D. Parker, R. Rubin


The Department of Finance and Business Law, together with our partners in the business community, is committed to preparing students to be principled, productive contributors to business and society.


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

  • Ethics:  Develop decision makers who are respectful of stakeholders and the rule of law.
  • Engagement: Connect students and faculty with stakeholders in the local and global communities.
  • Critical Thinking:  Foster intellectual curiosity and analytical skills to enable an understanding of the role of finance and business law in the global economy.
  • Innovation:  Challenge students to develop their own solutions to financial issues in a dynamic economy.

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

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 Bachelor of Science 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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