Stonehill's Finance major incorporates the study of the acquisition, allocation and management of funds into a program that emphasizes theory and practice.
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.
Through Stonehill’s Finance program, students develop a broad base of skills that leverage the underpinnings of our liberal arts education through experiential learning and cross-disciplinary opportunities. The result is students well versed in analytical reasoning, skilled in verbal and written communication, and possessing a broad awareness of the world around us.
Pathways of Study
Finance majors can choose a curriculum that broadly surveys the field or one that focuses on specific areas of interest. We offer three suggestions for students to create personal pathways while at Stonehill: Investment Finance, Corporate Finance and Public Finance.
Students interested in investment finance learn to think dynamically about the world, translating macro and micro events through financial modeling and a deep understanding of valuation. In doing so, they develop strong analytical, communication and Excel skills.
While careers in the global investment industry are varied, dynamic and competitive, these careers are diverse and rewarding and include analysis, trading, portfolio management, venture capital and wealth management. Students interested in these fields may consider becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst holder sponsored by the CFA Institute. The Department offers a limited number of scholarships for those interested in taking the Level I exam following graduation.
The Stonehill College Inspire Finance Initiatives offers a great opportunity for students to apply to the Skyhawk Investment Group, an experiential program where students research, analyze value and present equity investment ideas for the Mary Herlihy Opportunity Fund.
Students interested in corporate finance will develop strong analytical, Excel and communication skills as well as a better understanding of accounting and accounting systems.
Corporate finance careers include positions such as analysts, finance managers, account managers, treasury and risk managers. Opportunities vary from industry to industry but are generally dynamic and very rewarding. Students interested in corporate finance should consider taking the two parts of the Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) Exam.
Students interested in public finance will develop strong analytical, Excel and communication skills. Students should also combine finance courses with electives offered in political science and economics.
Government finance opportunities continue to grow both at the federal, state and local levels. After graduation, students can pursue the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) designation sponsored by the AGA. A local chapter offers student the opportunity to join while at Stonehill. Students are also encouraged to get involved with the Martin Institute for Law & Society.
SCIFI's Skyhawk Investment Group is a year-long, comprehensive, academic and professional development course of study designed to enhance the critical thinking and financial analytical skills of participants through hands-on academic and security analysis experience.
Students are charged with the management of the Mary Herlihy Opportunity Fund. This program combines an interesting and challenging course of study with internships, mentoring and the management of real-money to represent a truly differentiated learning experience for Stonehill students.
LAUNCH: Mentoring Women in Finance is a women's business mentoring initiative started in 2018. The program incorporates aspects of networking, mentor-mentee relationships and corporate site visits that connect female finance students in their first or second year with successful Stonehill alumnae.
As part of Launch, students:
- meet regularly as a group for career development preparation
- have informational interviews with more than one alumna
- conduct site visits at local companies
- complete job shadow days
ENGAGE is SCIFI's financial leaders program that enables participants to expand on their early academic experience and broaden their professional development and leadership skills. Students that successfully complete the requirements for the program will earn a Certificate of Accomplishment under the SCIFI platform.
Class of 2018 Outcomes by the Numbers
New Major in Actuarial Mathematics Draws on Strength of Finance Program
The new Actuarial Mathematics major draws on Stonehill’s strengths in the academic fields of data science, economics, finance and mathematics. Combined with the College’s emphasis on liberal arts and leadership development, students are prepared for careers in industries that include insurance, accounting and managerial consulting.
Connecting Students With Emerging Careers in FinTech
Stonehill is one of only a few schools in the nation offering financial technology programming to undergraduate students in an effort to better prepare them to lead in a global market and to take advantage of an explosive new field. FinTech is useful to nearly every major with the curriculum touching on fields such as finance, business and marketing, computer science, criminology, psychology, and political science.
Stonehill's chapter of Financial Management Association (FMA) International offers all Stonehill students the opportunity to enhance their academic experience and gain a great understanding of the finance industry and its professional possibilities.
Our Stonehill FMA has been recognized by the FMA International as a 'Superior Chapter’ for seven years running. Each year, the honor puts us in the top 10% of all chapters worldwide.
Distributed Education Clubs of America (DECA) is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management, and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service.
Enactus, which stands for Enterprise, Action and Us, works to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the use of business principles and business models.
Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is the international honor society recognizing business excellence. It is for students enrolled in business and management programs accredited by the AACSB.
Women in Finance is a club open to all students in all majors with an interest in exploring careers in finance.