Can you major in this program? Yes
Can you minor in this program? Yes
Emphasis within the major: business finance, investments, corporate financial management
Popular second majors: international business, management, accounting, sport management
This program's student-managed fund has won awards annually since 2001.
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If you're interested in managing money, majoring in finance may be the right path for you. A finance degree can lead to careers in areas such as portfolio management, financial planning, financial service and financial management. It is also excellent training for those planning to own their own business.
A Distinctive Program
The nationally recognized Roland George Investments Program is a two-semester program in portfolio management that is available to select students. The students in this program manage an actual portfolio valued at approximately $3 million (as of 2013). Find out more at the program's website.
Our student-managed fund is one of the oldest and is considered to be one of the best student-managed programs in the United States. Roland George Investments Program students have won either first or second place at the nationally recognized RISE and GAME competitions since 2001.
Graduates have gone on to success as financial analysts and money managers, as well as to further graduate training in finance, economics, mathematical finance and law.
Academics and Research
Facilities and opportunities
Housed within the Department of Finance at the state-of-the-art Eugene M. and Christine Lynn Business Center is the Roland George Investments Program "trading room," a financial database lab with real-time pricing from Orion Telemet for the World Indexes, New York Stock Exchange, Dow Jones, S&P 500, American Stock Exchange and OPRA. The research engines in this "trading room" include Bloomberg, Morningstar and Baseline.
Preparation for graduate study
This department prepares students for further graduate training, including master and doctoral programs, as well as for professional designations such as the Series 7 and 63 licenses and Chartered Financial Analyst (C.F.A.) and Certified Financial Planner (C.F.P.) designations.
Awards and Recognition
Our faculty take pride in a mentoring approach to education. We work with our students as advisors, teachers, and career counselors. Our faculty have published research in professional journals for economics, finance, and quantitative methods, and several are on editorial boards. Most have taught classes abroad in Innsbruck, Italy, China, Poland and New Zealand.
- Giovanni Fernandez, Ph.D., Florida International University; bankruptcy, mutual fund performance and microstructure
- Jennifer Foo, Ph.D., Northeastern University; international financial and banking systems, transitional financial development
- Matthew Hurst, Ph.D., University of Central Florida, real estate and investments as they relate to taxes, executive compensation, mutual funds, real estate investment trusts and corporate governance
- K. C. Ma, Ph.D., CFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; financial and quantitative research, portfolio management, investment management, hedge fund management
- James Mallett, Ph.D., Wayne State University; investments, financial planning, the economic environment, socially responsible investing
- Stuart Michelson, Ph.D., University of Kansas; behavioral finance, tax efficiency in retirement accounts, use of alpha to increase portfolio returns, use of technology in education, mutual funds, portfolio risk budgeting, academic honesty
- Chris Tobler, Ph.D., University of Arkansas; corporate governance, acquisition theories, asset valuation, derivative instruments
Undergraduate awards and honors
The finance department and the Roland George Investments Program award the School of Business Foundation Eugene M. Lynn Merit Award for Finance, Roland George Investments Program Merit Scholars, Financial Executives International Distinguished Student Award and two Financial Executives International scholarships.
Beyond the Classroom
Students have internship opportunities with banking institutions, government offices, brokerage and asset management firms, and in areas such as financial analysis. Some of the businesses at which Stetson University students have interned include Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, KCM Asset Management, Brown & Brown and Siemens Corporation.
Finance students have gone on to successful careers in brokerage and financial services, financial analysis, and asset management with well-known companies such as Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Kennedy Capital Management, Dean Witter, Waterstreet Capital Management, Siemens Corp., Raymond James & Associates, Knights of London, Raytheon Corp., Delta Airlines Corporate Finance, University of Florida Law School and Stetson University College of Law.