Finance - B.S.

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

The Finance bachelor's degree program prepares students for the wide range of career opportunities available to finance professionals. Students in the program receive a solid foundation in financial statement interpretation and decision making, as well as in the areas of business, communications and general studies.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply the major concepts, skills and values of the finance profession.
  • Communicate effectively to diverse audiences, purposes and situations through a variety of professional methods required in the field of finance.
  • Use decision-support tools to solve problems and facilitate organizational processes.
  • Identify and analyze ethical issues related to financial decisions and recommend ethical responses and solutions.
  • Utilizing critical thinking and decision-making skills, apply common finance theories and concepts to changing global financial issues.

The finance curriculum is designed to meet the needs of some of the most prestigious industry certifications. As finance majors, students gain exposure to a broad range of financial practices with studies focusing on areas leading to positions in investment analysis, corporate finance, risk management and financial planning.

Students who maintain a grade point average of at least 2.75 may also have the opportunity to participate in a finance internship to gain experiential education by completing a work experience in their area of interest. Additional options are also available for foreign travel through the study abroad program.


A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Business Foundations
ACCT1210Financial Accounting4.5
ACCT1220Managerial Accounting4.5
FIT1040Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions4.5
LAW2001The Legal Environment of Business I4.5
MGMT1001Contemporary Business Management I4.5
MGMT2001Human Resource Management4.5
MRKT1001Principles of Marketing4.5
Major Courses
ACCT2021Intermediate Accounting I4.5
ACCT2022Intermediate Accounting II4.5
FISV2012Introduction to Financial Institutions4.5
FISV3005International Finance4.5
FISV3040Money and Capital Markets4.5
FISV3080Financial Statement Analysis4.5
FISV3199Experiential Education Projects in Financial Modeling and Valuation4.5
FISV4020Risk Management and Insurance4.5
FISV4025Corporate Finance4.5
FISV4080Finance Seminar4.5
Major Electives
Choose three of the following: *13.5
Credit Risk Analysis and Management
Fundamentals of Financial Planning
Bank Management
Fundamentals of Estate Planning
Real Estate
Futures and Options
Portfolio Management and Analysis
Fixed Income Analysis
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses 13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level.
Arts and Humanities 9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, or REL
Quantitative Analysis I (or higher, based on student's placement) **
One course from BIO^, CHM±, PHY° or SCI
Social Sciences 9
One course from ANTH°°, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
13.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university. 13.5
Total Credits180.0

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‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.