Finance Major

Chair: Shelly Howton, PhD.
Associate Chair: Amy Kratchman
Associate Chair: Caitlin Dannhauser, PhD.
Office: 2019 Bartley Hall
Telephone: 610-519-7395


Today’s financial and non-financial corporations are actively seeking bright individuals with the right knowledge for making sound financial decisions. As a finance major at VSB, you will learn finance theory alongside of technology, quantitative methods and communication, while also developing an understanding of global and ethical issues. A minor will supplement any business degree by providing greater financial acumen and critical thinking skills that enable you to add value to any organization.

Major in Finance leads to a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration.

PRIMARY MAJOR (125 Credits)

125 credits are required to complete Finance as the primary major and the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. For students seeking the Bachelor of Business Administration, Honors degree and Finance as the primary major, 126 credits are required.

Finance Major Courses (18 Credits)

Finance major requires six (6) unique FIN courses. 

Note: FIN 2360, FIN 3350, FIN 3360, and FIN 3470 (6 cr.) do not count toward Finance elective courses.

Plus three (3) Finance elective courses  +
Sub-Total Credits

Core Curriculum Requirements


Degree Credit Summary

  • Major Course Requirements: 18 Credits
  • Core Curriculum Requirements: 89 Credits
    • Liberal Arts & Sciences Curriculum (44 cr.)
    • Business Core Requirements (45 cr.)
  • Elective Requirements: 18 Credits
  • Total Credits: 125 Credits

Additional Information

  • All Arts and Sciences core courses, business core courses (except VSB 0099 – 0 cr. and VSB 1000 – 1 cr.), major courses, minor courses, and concentration courses must be taken for a letter grade. 
  • One credit courses {except ACC 2020, COM 5300, EGEN 2100 (for Engineering EENT or EESI minor), FIN 2121, VSB 1000, VSB 2000, VSB 2121, and VSB 3000} may not satisfy degree requirements, including free electives. 
    • Three ACC 2020 (1 cr.) on the following topics may satisfy a free elective requirement:
      • Introduction to Forensics for Accountants
      • Introduction to Deals Advisory for Accountants
      • Introduction to Digital & Cyber-security for Accountants
    • Three COM 5300 (1 cr.) on different topics may satisfy a non-business or a free elective requirement.
  • An “S/U” grade (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option) is only permitted for a non-business elective or free electives. See the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option section for more information.  
  • A course that fulfills a major and co-major requirement can satisfy a maximum of two requirements - no triple dipping. For example, MGT 3170 cannot fulfill a Management majora Business Analytics co-major, AND a Free Elective.


Students who declare Finance as a secondary major must complete all finance major courses to earn this major. Secondary finance major courses may fulfill the free elective requirements. 

Total Credits:


The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Summer 2024 and beyond. Please consult the appropriate archived catalog available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 




Bachelor of Business Administration

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