Why Choose Nazareth for Finance?

Job growth is strong in the finance field, with the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 reporting that careers in finance have anticipated growth of up to 30% through 2018. The finance degree program at Nazareth College helps students gain an understanding of the flow of financial resources and the important role financial management plays in every organization.

Coursework teaches students how to access, utilize, and interpret financial information through the use of analytical and software tools. Finance majors develop a framework for evaluating capital investment decisions based on risk, cash flow, cost of capital, and required return on investment (ROI) as well as an understanding of the mechanics of financial markets, investments, and portfolio theory.

 Program Highlights

  • Small, seminar-style classes offer individual mentoring from professors.
  • Internship opportunities.
  • Instruction on the use of analytical tools and software tools for accessing, utilizing, and interpreting financial information.
  • A foundation in the mechanics of financial markets, investments, and portfolio theory.
  • Emphasis on developing competency in professional written and oral communications.
  • Complementary coursework in writing, critical thinking, communication, technology, and current events.

Typical Class Schedule


Contact Information

Cathy A. Leverone

Cathy A. Leverone

Visiting Assistant Professor in Management, School of
Smyth Hall 147H
Mary West, alumna of the finance degree program, finance major at Nazareth College Rochester, NY

Alumni Spotlight: Mary Beth West '84

Mary Beth West, M.B.A., (management) is currently the executive vice president and chief category and marketing officer of Mondelez International, Inc., formerly Kraft Foods, Inc. Responsible for consumer insights and strategy, integrated marketing communications, consumer services, sustainability, and corporate and government affairs, she also leads the company’s global category teams for brands such as Triscuit, Dentyne, and Toblerone.

Example Careers

  • Financial manager
  • Loan officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial adviser  

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Merrill Lynch
  • Wells Fargo
  • The Rochester Group, Inc.