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 the Finance program in Stonehill's Meehan School of Business, 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.
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.
Organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities continually cite Stonehill as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place. See full list of accolades.
Class of 2022 Outcomes by the Numbers
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Stonehill’s Actuarial Mathematics major – offered through the May School of Arts & Sciences – draws on the College’s strengths in the academic fields of finance, data science, economics and mathematics. Combined with Stonehill’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's Meehan School of Business 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. Read about industry leaders presenting at our annual Fintech Speaker Series.
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.
Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is a nonprofit international honorary and service organization for accounting students at AACSB-accredited universities. Its primary objective is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.