Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Finance and Business Law

Hui Sono, Department Head
Phone: (540) 568-6530
Location: Zane Showker Hall, Room 3138

J. Chowdhury, J. Fink, K. Fink, Q. Liu, E. Semaan, H. Sono

Associate Professors
C. Larsson, C. Ullrich

Assistant Professors
C. Fox, E. McCarthy, X. Niu, A. Usman, W. Zhang

W. Collier, E. Ozcan, 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. The quantitative finance major prepares students for careers in risk analytics, investment banking, trading, risk management, financial engineering, and many other finance positions which require applied mathematics and computational skills.

Job titles held by graduates of the programs include:

  • Analyst, Structured Finance
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Consultant/Financial Advisory
  • Corporate Model Analyst
  • Credit Risk Associate
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Engineer
  • Internal Auditor
  • Junior Analyst
  • Lending Officer
  • Loan Analyst
  • Manager, Capital Budgeting
  • Manager, Pension Fund Investments
  • Manager, Project Finance
  • Market Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Pricing Analyst
  • REIT Analyst
  • Risk Analytics Associate
  • Securities Research Analyst
  • Valuation Services Associate
  • Quantitative Research Analyst

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • Financial Management Association Student Chapter
  • Madison Investment Fund
  • Madison Venture Group
  • Women In Business

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.