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
J. Chowdhury, E. Semaan, H. Sono, C. Ullrich
C. Larsson, K. Schumann, A. Usman, W. Zhang
W. Collier, 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.
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/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
- Beta Alpha Psi
- Financial Management Association
- Madison Investment Fund
- Madison Venture Group
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.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
The B.B.A. degree with a major in finance requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of undergraduate course work. Fifty percent of this work, or 60 credit hours, must be taken outside of the College of Business . In counting the 60 credit hours of non-business courses, students may include all hours taken in General Education , up to a total of nine hours in economics (ECON courses must be counted as economics), and three hours of COB 191. Business Analytics I . The remaining hours, to bring the total to 60, must be taken from any department outside the College of Business . Students should carefully select these non-business electives to help them gain additional knowledge and expertise for their careers and personal lives.
Students enrolled at James Madison University who wish to change their major to finance must first complete the change of major form, available from the Registrar’s Office website, signed by either the Department of Finance and Business Law department head or the finance major adviser. Further, students must be in good academic standing to change their major to finance and, if they have taken any FIN prefix courses at the time of the change request, must meet the prerequisites for the required courses in the finance major.
Students who plan to major in finance and earn a score on the Math Placement Exam sufficient for placement into MATH 235 are strongly encouraged to enroll in MATH 235 .
Required major courses provide finance majors with a foundation in financial management, investments and institutions. Electives within the major permit students to obtain an additional emphasis and explore other areas within the field of finance.