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William Riley
College of Business and Economics
phone: 304-293-7885

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William Riley
College of Business and Economics
phone: 304-293-7885

Program Details

Program Description

Finance is the study of the creation and management of wealth. A Finance major learns how to evaluate and control assets and risks to maximize the value to owners or beneficiaries. This involves such day-to-day activities as collecting/paying money and interacting with banks and other financial institutions. Also involved is long-range planning about what building and equipment to buy, what stocks to purchase or issue, managing dividends and interest, using insurance to protect assets, and developing new financial instruments or services. Finance majors are prepared for careers on either side of the desk: as sellers or buyers of investments; as credit seekers or credit grantors; and as purveyors or recipients of insurance services.

Finance students are encouraged to participate in an internship after their first semester in the College. Internships are an extension of the learning experience and provide insights into the actual operations of an organization. The College’s Center for Career Development uses its extensive network of firms and organizations to help students find the right internship for them.

The Finance Club offers professional and social programs. Outside speakers offer information and personal contacts that are very helpful in career development.

Finance faculty have received numerous teaching awards and are widely published in leading finance journals. They have also written textbooks, teaching materials, and software packages.

The College offers two bachelor’s degrees: a bachelor of science in business administration and a bachelor of science in economics. All students earning BSBA degrees (accounting, finance, management, marketing, and management information systems majors) take the 37 credit-hour core business curriculum. This curriculum is modeled on the interrelationships among the functional areas of business as they occur in the real world. Emphasis is on developing skills for effective teamwork, communication, and leadership—the skills employers value highly.

Career Profile

Practically every firm, whether in manufacturing, communications, finance, education, or health care, has one or more financial managers. Some of them are treasurers, controllers, credit managers, or cash managers. They prepare the financial reports required by the firm to conduct its operations and to ensure that the firm satisfies tax and regulatory requirements.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The WVU College of Business and Economics has held continuous accreditation by AACSB International since 1954 and the accounting programs added specialized accounting accreditation in 1997. This accreditation assures students and prospective employers that the College’s programs adhere to the highest standards of excellence in nationally recognized business programs. Of the more than 2,000 business programs in the country, 530 hold AACSB business accreditation, of which only 169 have accounting accreditation.