Why Choose Nazareth for Finance?

Finance majors at Nazareth College benefit from:

  • Engaging with faculty who are committed to student success
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • Exposure to various industry professionals
  • Strong alumni connections who provide multiple internship opportunities and jobs
  • 55+ study abroad opportunities, including programs with classes taught in English in China, Germany, France and South Korea.

 Program Highlights

  • Gain a foundation in the mechanics of corporate finance, financial markets, investments, and portfolio theory
  • Use financial industry data platforms in Nazareth's state-of-the-art finance lab
  • Apply analytical and software tools to real-life problems and decisions
  • Invest part of Nazareth's endowment portfolio through the student-managed Golden Flyer Investment Fund
  • Get mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis through the global Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge
  • Gain experience in research, patience, and independent thinking through the Adirondack Cup small-cap fund competition
  • Add the financial planning minor — the only local program for bachelor's degree students that's certified by the Certified Financial Planning Board — and you'll be prepared to take and pass the Certified Financial Planning (CFP) exam.
  • Build your connections and resume through one or more paid and/or credit-bearing internships
  • Take seminar-style classes and receive individualized mentoring from professors

Job outlook

Careers in finance are expected to grow up to 30% through 2024, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-2017 edition.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

Hannah Brackley, alum of the finance degree program, finance major at Nazareth College

Alumni Spotlight: Hannah Brackley '15

Majors: finance and economics

Research assistant, Manning & Napier investment firm

"What sticks out most about my Nazareth experience is the coaching and mentoring from my professors and the internships I did each summer, starting my freshman year. I interned at an investment firm for my finance major and at a hospital for my human resource minor. At the start of my senior year, Nazareth's internship director connected me with a specific recruiter for an informational interview that turned into a job interview. During the interview I stood out because of my internships — which helped lead to a job offer six months before I graduated. At Manning & Napier, I like the challenge of researching a variety of different companies and enjoy continuous learning, coaching, and mentoring from my colleagues."

Example Careers

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

Internships and Employers

  • Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Manning & Napier
  • LVW Advisors
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Principal Financial
  • B&P — Harris Corporation
  • Capstone Real Estate Development
  • ESL Federal Credit Union
  • Nazareth Controller's Office
  • CSC Generation
  • Pyramid Brokerage Company
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