Finance Program/ Finance Major

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Program Overview

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The finance program at the Dolan School of Business is designed to develop individual competency in the financial tools and analysis that help organizations stay informed and make wise fiscal decisions. Through the use of case studies and computer-based problem solving, finance majors blends theory and practice.

The finance program at the Dolan School is a member of the CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program (UAP)This certification acknowledges that the Dolan School's finance programs incorporates a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and places emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. 

Coursework covers business organization, production and operations, marketing, information systems, business law, and ethics. Students perform financial analysis and learn to manage portfolios of stocks, bonds, and options.

Fairfield is located in a region with the highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation, a short train ride from New York City - the world’s financial services capital. For this reason, you are given the extraordinary opportunity to intern and carry out team projects with members of the business community who are on the forefront of the financial world. This work gives you a realistic view of the role finance plays in business, along with essential, hands-on professional experiences.

Upon graduation, you will have a strong sense of the place finance has in the global business world, and will be well prepared to move on to graduate school or start your career in the financial field.

Hear from alumnus Emmanuel Ephie '10, a finance and accounting double major, about his professional career path.

Fairfield Dolan Rankings

Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance in Connecticut
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Best Colleges for Business in Connecticut
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Top 15%
Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance in America
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Undergraduate Finance
- 2021 U.S. News and World Report


Finance Major

Finance majors study the theory and practice of financial management and investments. Additionally, they analyze actual case histories of the financial operations of several different companies. The courses included in this major area prepare students to enter into financial management positions with corporate or governmental organizations.

For an 18-credit major in finance, students complete:

  • Principles of Investments
  • Financial Management
  • Case Studies in Finance
  • Any 3* courses from the following:

    • Global Capital Markets
    • Working Capital Management
    • International Finance
    • Portfolio Analysis
    • Futures and Options Markets
    • Financial Modeling

*At least one elective must be a 300-level course.

Finance Minor

This minor offers students the opportunity to complement their major by studying financial theory and its application to decision-making. The investment and financing decisions of organizations are emphasized.

For a 15-credit minor in finance, students complete:

  • Introduction to Finance
  • Principles of Investments
  • Financial Management
  • 2 finance courses selected from the following:

    • Global Capital Markets
    • Working Capital Management
    • International Finance
    • Portfolio Analysis
    • Futures and Options Markets
    • FI 320 Financial Modeling


Course Of Study

See Finance course descriptions from our catalog for more information. 

Introduction to Finance
Personal Finance
Global Capital Markets
Principles of Investments
Financial Management
Working Capital Management
International Finance
Portfolio Analysis
Futures and Options Markets
Financial Modeling
Case Studies in Finance
Finance Internship
Seminar in Finance


If you've ever wondered if a particular career is a good fit for you, internships are a terrific way to find out. Hands-on, professional experience is available to Fairfield students at leading companies in every field - including banking and commerce, arts and communications, science and medicine, education, engineering and high technology, and philanthropy and service.

With nearly one-third of all Fortune 500 companies headquartered between Fairfield and New York City, as well as thousands of small- to mid-sized companies and non-profit organizations in the area, unique internship opportunities abound for Fairfield students looking to discover if a dream job is the right path for their future.

Check out what it is like to intern at Revelry Agency and view some photos!


There are two types of internships students can attain: internships for academic credit and non-credit internships. Internships for academic credit must be approved by faculty and are connected to an academic course. Some departments have lists of available for-credit internships and some may approve internships that you find on your own as well.

 For-credit Internships

The requirements and processes for securing an internship for credit vary by school and by department so it's best to start with your school or particular major:

Dolan School of Business: Students should visit the Dolan School of Business internships page.

College of Arts and Sciences: Students are strongly encouraged to visit their major's website first to see if there is more detailed information on the internship process. Students can then contact the internship coordinator for their major with any questions they still have. Please note you can only complete internships for credit in your own major.

School of Engineering: Students should speak with their academic adviser or department chair.

School of Nursing: Nursing students complete clinical experience during the academic year. Students are able to complete an internship, generally during the summer between junior and senior years.  Students have the option of having this count for college credit.  The School of Nursing provides information on internships as available, or the students may find their own internship experience.

 City of Bridgeport Internship Program:

Students from any school or college interested in interning for the City of Bridgeport should contact Dr. Brian Walker, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Learn more information about the internship program.

 Non-Credit Internships

The Career Services provides resources and support to assist Fairfield students in identifying internships including non-credit positions. A great place to start is the Internship FAQs site which includes information on how to find an internship.

In addition, the Summer Internship Recruiting Program at Fairfield offers students the opportunity to gain meaningful career related experience in an area related to their occupational goals. Typically these are available to full-time undergraduate students during their junior year. On occasion employers do open their opportunity to sophomores.

On-campus recruiting for summer internships takes place during the fall and spring. We are committed to working with you to help you as you begin the internship search process.

The Fairfield University Academic and Career Development utilizes Stags4Hire to coordinate the campus recruiting process. All students have an account that they can logon to from my.fairfield.

  • To sign into Stags4Hire, students log on to my.fairfield and click on the Stags4Hire icon on the main page. We will be communicating with you about events and program additions or changes through this system.
  • Once you are in Stags4Hire you will have access to upload your resume and apply for jobs and internships. All interview schedules are handled through the system for on-campus recruiting (OCR). Employers can also access your resume through our Resume Book and directly e-mail you if they wish to interview you for a position. Information about employers who will be hosting information sessions will be available on the calendar tab on your personal homepage. Announcements will be posted in your news feed.
  • Stags4Hire allows you access 24/7 so you can find out about up-to-the-minute changes.

Students are encouraged to call (203) 254-4081 to schedule an appointment with Career, Leadership and Professional Development if they have any questions about the internship process or Stags4Hire.

Academic Success

Recent graduates in finance have started their careers as:

  • Global financial management trainee
  • Financial analyst
  • Operations analyst
  • Commodities floor clerk
  • Finance and control associate
  • Underwriter
  • Billing/premium consultant

They have begun these careers in such firms as:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • GE
  • J.P. Morgan
  • UPS
  • IBM
  • Lehman Bros.
  • Merrill Lynch

Those seeking graduate education have gained admission to:

  • Fairfield
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Wharton
  • Georgetown
  • Boston College
  • Ohio State
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Learn more about how Fairfield Dolan’s Career Development Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.


Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business boasts experienced faculty who teach students the fundamentals, ethics, and new developments in business on a local and global scale, supported by our amazing administration. Meet the Finance faculty.

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