Aiming High: Robert Rivers ’86 Makes Good On Goal Set as Student
During his senior year at Stonehill, Robert Rivers '86 was asked to develop a “business plan” for his life after college. The idea was to aim high and he did--setting a goal of becoming the president of the largest bank headquartered in Boston by the time he was 40 years of age.
There are finance textbooks that define the subject of finance as an area of study that deals with the acquisition, allocation and management of funds. But in reality, finance is so much more. Simply put, finance is about problem solving. It is dynamic, challenging and extremely interesting.
Our Finance program emphasizes both theory and practice with a global perspective so our students are best prepared for a challenging and ever-changing world.
Students have the opportunity to develop a broad base of skills and knowledge that will be extremely valuable no matter what direction life takes you. This program in particular leverages the underpinnings of a Stonehill College liberal arts education — the development of analytical reasoning, good verbal and written communication skills and a broad awareness of the world around us.
For those students with attention to detail, the ability to react to a changing environment and have solid quantitative skills, majoring in finance can be a very rewarding education.
Finance majors can choose a curriculum that broadly surveys the field or one that focuses on specific areas of interest such as:
- Global Corporate Finance
- Investment Management
- Banking and Financial Institutions
Importantly, the curriculum provides plenty of flexibility for students to pursue a wide range of academic and post graduate opportunities.
Inside the Classroom
Finance majors get the opportunity for hands-on application very early in their education. Students will quickly discover that the Stonehill College Finance Program builds on the core courses offered in the Business Administration Department. In particular, it leverages the principles of accounting, statistics, quantitative methods and the basic knowledge of economic systems, all taken during a student’s first two years.
The Finance Program emphasizes the development of analytical, conceptual and problem-solving abilities through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, classroom discussions, case analyses and presentation, problem-solving (including computer-based exercises) and research reports.
Finance majors have plenty of opportunity to discover what interests them. Students can take a general pathway in the discipline, or pursue specific interests. Minoring in economics, philosophy, or other subjects in the liberal arts is very common.
Global Corporate Finance
Students pursuing a course of study with an emphasis on corporate finance focus more on the decision-making process of the firm. Sensitivity to risk management from a global perspective is a key part of this course work.
Students interested in this area have the opportunity early in their college careers to participate in an Intercultural Communications/Corporate Finance Learning Community that offers a mid-semester study trip to China as part of its coursework. At the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, participants hear lectures on such topics as corporate finance, international markets, global money flow systems and the challenges of emerging international corporations.
Outside the classroom, Stonehill’s geographic location within a 30-minute drive to either downtown Boston or the city of Providence offers finance majors numerous internship opportunities with leading international and regional corporations and financial service firms.
Investment Management is another potential area of focus for Finance majors. Students learn about the complexities of the global capital markets, modern portfolio theory and the concept of risk management. Emphasis is placed on the role of financial assets in the world economy, valuation metrics and the application of these concepts in a real world, real-time setting.
Discover the intricacies of the investment research process and the ins and outs of portfolio management. Students interested in careers in investment analysis and portfolio management have typically pursued post-graduate certifications such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and/or Certified Fund Specialist (CFS) designations. Hands-on financial analysis and portfolio management skills are an important aspect of the senior level coursework.
Stonehill College Investment Finance Initiative
Stonehill students have a unique opportunity to participate in the Stonehill College Investment Finance Initiative. The finance program is pleased to offer to all eligible students at Stonehill College the opportunity to participate in a unique academic and professional development program in the field of investment finance.
One of the numerous features of the program for student participants includes management of the Mary Herlihy Opportunity Fund, a student-run fund with current assets in excess of $100,000. That is real money, with real purpose.