Finance

OVERVIEW

If you’re looking for a focused business career in a field that offers many jobs with above-average income potential and is expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate between now and 2022, Alvernia’s new major in finance is worth exploring. A degree in finance will give you the tools you need to access and utilize financial information and understand how financial markets operate. While many students who earn undergraduate degrees in finance choose to pursue graduate degrees, a B.S. in finance can qualify you for many entry-level positions.

People who work in finance-related fields tend to be outgoing and inquisitive, with an aptitude for mathematics. You should be able to work well with people, as you’ll be called upon to interact with clients or others within your organization as you work to advance their financial goals.

If you major in finance at Alvernia, you’ll develop an understanding of the functions and applications of financial markets, and learn how to access and utilize the financial information you’ll need. You’ll also experience “real-life learning” that enables you to link your classroom experiences to the larger community and, indeed, the world.

Faculty members at Alvernia teach about business from both practical and ethical standpoints. This gives you the knowledge you’ll need to succeed professionally, because it develops supervisory and managerial skills that are necessary to advance in your career.

WHY AU

Why should you study finance at Alvernia University?

Because at Alvernia you get all the benefits of an outstanding university education in a manageable setting with personal attention and unique opportunities that can benefit you as you move toward your career.

Small Class Size
Alvernia has an average 12:1 student-faculty ratio, with fewer than 20 students in most classes. This facilitates valuable, professional relationships among faculty members and students. In these small class settings, you get individual attention to help you excel.

Faculty Who Care
Alvernia’s faculty members aren’t just teachers. They’re experts in their fields who are committed to passing along their knowledge and expertise to their students. In small class settings, faculty members become mentors and advisors, intent on helping you learn, grow and succeed.

Alvernia’s Business Department is staffed by dedicated, highly qualified professionals who are committed to sharing their expertise and knowledge with students. Faculty members have extensive experience in various aspects of business, including law, finance, banking, securities, the automotive industry, entrepreneurship, the sports industry, accounting and management, and bring their expertise to the classroom. They often work one-on-one with students to enhance the student’s learning experience, and serve as mentors to aspiring students.

Many faculty members in the finance program are actively engaged in their fields, have written articles that have appeared in prestigious publications and have presented nationally and internationally at conferences.

You can learn more about business faculty members at http://www.alvernia.edu/academics/professional-programs/business/faculty/index.html.

Research Opportunities
Alvernia offers opportunities for many students to work with faculty members on research projects relating to their areas of concentration. This collaboration prepares students for professions and/or graduate school.

Honors Program
Alvernia’s Honors Program for students who are academically gifted and highly motivated is designed to allow students to work at their own pace and to recognize and encourage academic excellence. Honors students interact with one another to exchange ideas and information across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

The Honors Program offers co-curricular activities, service opportunities and intellectual and social support to encourage students to exceed their own expectations.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Honors Programs at www.alvernia.edu/academics/honors.

Get Real
Classroom learning is valuable and necessary, but out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning provides business students with hands-on, real world learning opportunities that enrich your educational experience and are highly valued by employers.

You’ll have opportunities to participate in internships, co-ops, clinical experiences, field experiences, community service, campus events and other experiences to help you stretch and grow toward your full potential.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Get Real program at www.alvernia.edu/getreal.

Study Abroad
Living and studying outside of the United States can change you in ways you can’t begin to envision. Students who study abroad typically gain immeasurable confidence and experiences they could not have imagined.

Many finance majors will benefit from participation in a Study Abroad program in countries including New Zealand, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Morocco, Palestine, China and Mexico.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Study Abroad program at www.alvernia.edu/studyabroad.

YOUR CAREER

A finance degree from Alvernia can prepare you for a career in an area such as financial analysis, banking, insurance or investments. You might work as a financial planner or wealth management advisor, or pursue a job as a commercial real estate agent. You could consider becoming a risk or financial project manager; a credit officer; underwriter; or a broker of stocks, bonds and commodities. You may pursue a job in the corporate world, or at a federal agency such as the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department or Internal Revenue Service.

For more information about the field of finance and to get an idea of some jobs currently available, visit the website of the American Finance Association at www.afajof.org. You also can research available finance-related positions and read job descriptions to get a better idea of the skills and personal qualities employers desire.

While finance is a brand-new major at Alvernia, graduates of our other business majors have been successful in finding jobs with employers including:

  • Kellogg’s
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Prudential
  • First Union
  • Vanguard
  • Ernst & Young
  • Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General

Some business students pursue graduate degrees after graduation, either at Alvernia or other colleges and universities.

Alvernia offers a special program for motivated students — a MBA + 1 option. By declaring interest in your junior year, you could be eligible to enroll in a 30-credit Master of Business Administration degree program that you complete in just one year. You would extend your stay at Alvernia for an extra year, finishing after five years with both an undergraduate and graduate degree.

For more information about Alvernia’s finance program, contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.

YOUR CURRICULUM

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. View your Major Academic Plan (MAP) here.

Finance majors must complete 57 to 58 credits in the major, including 30-31 in the Business Core and 21 that are specific to finance. Requirements include a six-credit Business Seminar.

Required courses (57-58 credits)
BUS 101 Financial Accounting
BUS 200 Managerial Accounting OR BUS 250 Accounting Principles
BUS 205 Fraud Examination
BUS 206 Management Principles
BUS 207 Marketing Principles
BUS 225 Insurance and Risk Management
BUS 227 Financial Services
BUS 311 Principles of Management Information Systems
BUS 312 International Business I
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 406 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
BUS 410 Financial Markets
BUS 411 Corporate Finance
BUS 412 International Business II
BUS 426 Strategic Management
BUS 438 Business Seminar
MAT 208 Statistics OR MAT 209 Probability and Statistics

Related Requirements (6 credits)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics
ECON 249 Microeconomics

Recommended Courses
BUS 441 Cooperative Education in Business I
BUS 442 Cooperative Education in Business II

Students who major in another area can minor in business by earning 21 credits. Required courses for a business minor are:

BUS 101 Financial Accounting
BUS 200 Managerial Accounting
BUS 206 Management Principles
BUS 207 Marketing Principles
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 410 Financial Markets
ECON 248 Macroeconomics OR ECON 249 Microeconomics

You can learn more about all courses offered by Alvernia University by viewing the 2014-2015 Academic Course Catalogue at http://alvernia.edu/academics/catalogs/Catalog_2014-15/index.html.

Your Real World Learning Experience
Alvernia believes that real world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment.

You will not only have the benefit of experienced faculty members who have extensive experience in the business world, but may also have the opportunity to participate in learning opportunities in real business settings through internships and cooperative experiences.

Some of the organizations with which Alvernia business majors have completed internships include:

  • The Camden Riversharks
  • Citizens Bank
  • U.S. Department of Finance
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Reading Royals
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Vanguard
  • Disney world
  • Stroehmann/Maier’s Bakery
  • Ernst & Young
  • Morgan Stanley

While internships are not required for business majors, they are highly encouraged. Your advisor, other faculty members and staff of Alvernia’s Career Development Center can help you decide if an internship is right for you. Meanwhile, you can find out more about real world learning at www.alvernia.edu/academics/experiential_learning.

Research Opportunities
Research is a valuable aspect of any education. Members of Alvernia’s business faculty have conducted research on many topics, including time management, international leadership, conflict resolution, hiring of part-time employees, retail management, consumer behavior and leveraging human capital to drive superior organizational performance.

Students may have opportunities to assist faculty members with research projects, providing real-world learning and opportunities. You can learn more about business faculty members’ areas of interest and specialization at http://www.alvernia.edu/academics/professional-programs/business/faculty/index.html.

The Honors Program
If you’re academically gifted and highly motivated, you may want to learn more about Alvernia’s Undergraduate Honors Program. Honors students have opportunities to take courses dealing with unusual topics and participate in a variety of activities. You can learn more about the Honors Program and how to apply at www.alvernia.edu/academics/honors/index.html.

In addition, Alvernia’s Business Department sponsors the Lambda Zeta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society through its accrediting body, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Program. Delta Mu Delta is an honors society for junior, seniors and graduate students, and is limited to the top 20 percent of students in those classes. You can learn more about Delta Mu Delta at http://deltamudelta.org.

Study Opportunities beyond Campus
Your college years are the perfect time to broaden your horizons and participate in experiences that can change your life. Alvernia offers some great opportunities for students who want to spend some time studying beyond its campus.

  • The Washington Center – The University’s O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service manages a relationship with The Washington Center, an organization that offers residential academic programs and internships in the nation’s capital. If you participate in The Washington Center program, you might be placed in an internship in a government agency or non-profit organization. You can learn more about the Washington Center and opportunities there at www.alvernia.edu/about/ethics-and-leadership/washington.html.
  • Study Abroad Programs – Alvernia’s Study Abroad Office works closely with students who want to spend one or more semesters in a different country. Students have studied and traveled in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, England, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Austria, Morocco, Palestine and China. You pay the regular Alvernia tuition while studying abroad, and continue to receive financial aid, if applicable. Credits earned count toward your Alvernia undergraduate degree. If you’re interested in studying in another country you should start planning early, as you’ll need to start the application process about a year in advance. You can get more information about these programs from the Study Abroad Office at www.alvernia.edu/studyabroad or by contacting studyabroad@alvernia.edu.
YOUR SERVICES

Alvernia is committed to serving the needs of its students. Whether you have questions or problems related to academics, life on campus, student activities, social activities or any other issue, there is someone available to help you. You can learn more about all student services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/student-services.

Educational Planning Center
The Educational Planning Center offers advice and support to help you with any problems or issues related to your Alvernia education. It also assists with career exploration and preparation. The office is open every day and can be contacted at 610-796-8266.

Career Services
Staff members at the Career Development office will help you with any questions you have about exploring or planning careers. They will also guide you about how to look for and apply to jobs as you get closer to graduation. The office also has a career resources library. You can learn more about career services at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/career-services, or by emailing career.services@alvernia.edu.

Financial Aid
The Financial Aid office is the place to contact with any questions you have about the cost of an Alvernia education and options for paying for it. Nearly all undergraduates at Alvernia get some type of financial aid, and everyone is encouraged to apply for it. You can learn more at www.alvernia.edu/financialaid/index.html or by emailing financialaid@alvernia.edu.

Admissions Office
If you’re interested in applying to the finance program at Alvernia, contact the Admissions Office at 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu or by visiting http://www.alvernia.edu/admissions/.

GET INVOLVED

There is so much more to college than classes, and business majors at Alvernia have some excellent opportunities to get involved in activities that are both enjoyable and provide beneficial, hands-on experience. Students who get involved and engaged in extra-curricular activities benefit both academically and socially, and open themselves to integral life lessons from beyond the classroom.

You’ll be encouraged to participate in a range of activities, including some rewarding and inspiring service projects. Some organizations and activities that are of particular interest to business students include:

  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL). This organization provides opportunities for you to develop vocational competencies for business positions. One of the top 10 organizations listed by the U.S. Department of Education, its goals are to promote competent, aggressive business leadership; provide an understanding of American business enterprise; establish career goals; encourage scholarship; promote sound financial management; and facilitate transition from school to work. Alvernia’s PBL chapter has received many awards on the state and national levels. The group regularly participates in state and national workshops and conferences, and is an active presence on campus.
  • Delta Mu Delta. Alvernia’s chapter of this national business honor society recognizes and encourages academic excellence of students. It provides a community that fosters the well-being of its members and the business community through life-time membership. You can learn more about the national Delta Mu Delta organization at www.dmd-ntl.org.
  • The Institute of Management Accounts (IMA). The IMA is the world’s largest organization devoted to management accountants, financial management and information management professionals. IMA student chapters promote careers in those areas, while also helping to develop leadership skills.
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The organization acquaints students seeking careers in management, human resource management or labor relations with current issues and trends in those fields. Alvernia’s SHRM is recognized by the Berks County SHRM Chapter, providing networking opportunities with professional chapter members during monthly meetings.
  • Sport Management Association (SMA). The SMA promotes sport and the field of sport management through a variety of programs and events. The organization, which is open to any undergraduate or graduate student, also works to enrich the lives of youth in Reading and surrounding areas through sports.
  • Alvernia also offers many organizations, clubs and activities outside of your major, and you’re encouraged to get involved. You can learn more about Alvernia’s Student Government Association, becoming a Student Ambassador, student trips and other activities at www.alvernia.edu/student-life/activities.
  • The Holleran Center for Community Engagement serves as a bridge between the University and the community. The Center partners with a variety of organizations to provide Alvernia students with opportunities to serve. You might help to formulate a financial plan for a local non-profit organization or help mentor youth at the Children’s Home of Reading. You can read more about volunteer opportunities at http://alvernia.edu/about/holleran-center.
AFTER AU

Jonathan Nied '04 worked for accounting firms Baker Tilly and Faren, Garcia and Garman before switching to cost accounting at AmeriGas and later joining Boston Beer where he brings his accounting and finance skills to one of the nation's top craft breweries. See what Jonathan is up to today!

Jennifer Krow ’03, M’11
A Reading Pa., native, Jennifer Krow graduated from Alvernia with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance in 2003 and a master’s degree in business in 2011. She began her finance career at Godiva Chocolates, and then moved west to work for Microsoft and then on to what is now known as the Disney Interactive Media Group. She has also held various finance roles at Walt Disney World, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Home Shopping Network. Read how Jennifer’s real-world experience at Alvernia helped pave the way to a successful career.






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