Department of Finance

Finance Major

The Finance Major provides basic professional competence and skills for students intending to seek employment in the financial departments of industrial and commercial enterprises, banks, savings and loan associations, real estate firms, insurance companies, other financial institutions, and government and public agencies. Students study the assessment of- and accounting for risk, the efficient management of funds, the selection of alternative sources of financing, the financial adaptation of the firm and the individual to a dynamic environment, the fundamental and technical valuation of various types of securities, and the determination of appropriate investment policies for the firm and the individual. Most courses include international finance topics.


The faculty are well recognized outside the University for their expertise, while the department is known nationally and internationally as a leading center for research in real estate—most notably in the area of real estate investment. In 2004 alone, one faculty member was selected a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach in Central Europe; a second faculty member was awarded a grant from the State of South Carolina to work on Medicare reform; and a third was appointed to the National Distinguished Fellows Program of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. In addition, many are active in their professional service.

Requirements for Admission to Major

  • Successful completion of all Lower Division requirements
  • Students must declare a major and meet the departmental requirements in order to be admitted into their major field.  A College academic advisor can assist you with this process.


Students may choose from four areas of specialization:

  • Management of Financial Institutions
  • Investment and Security Management
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Financial Management

Internships and Co-op’s

Students may combine academic study with practical work experience within cooperating firms. For more information, contact the Finance Department at 216.687.4716.

Certified Financial Advisor (CFA) Preparation

Learn how to prepare for the CFA exam with the Stalla review course.

Financial Assistance

Scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, and part-time employment are just some of the ways you can help pay for college costs at CSU. For more information on financing your education, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 216.687.3764, or by email at:

The Real Estate Research Center has close ties with the real estate community; several scholarships are awarded annually to Finance Majors. For more information, please contact the Department Office at 216.687.4716.

Major Requirements

Before declaring a Finance major, all Lower Division requirements must be completed. 

A minimum grade of “C” or higher is required in all Finance courses. Students must take a minimum of 24 semester hours of Finance courses beyond FIN 351.  This consists of two Finance core courses (FIN 353 and FIN 360) and a minimum of 20 credit hours in Finance electives at the 300/400 level.  In addition, the major requires completion of one accounting course at the 300 level or higher, an elective from Finance, Accounting, or Economics, along with the Upper Division Core.

Finance Major Core Requirements (8 credit hours)

  • FIN 353 Introduction to Investments
  • FIN 360 Financial Markets & Institutions

Finance Electives

Click the Undergraduate Catalog for a full listing of Finance electives. 

  • Please note that FIN 201 is not an approved elective for the major.

Recommended Program for Finance

The following sequence of courses was developed by the Finance faculty. If you enroll in courses as indicated, you will have the proper prerequisites and background for maximum benefit from these courses. We encourage you to meet with a faculty advisor prior to registering.


Semester Credits
Fifth Semester  
FIN 351 Introduction to Financial Management * 4
IST 305 Information Technology 3
MKT 301 Introduction to Marketing 3
MKT 351 Business, Society, and Government (W) 3
MLR 321 Organizational Behavior 3
Total 16
Sixth Semester Credits
FIN 353 Introduction to Investments 4
FIN 360 Financial Markets and Institutions 4
ECN 302 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
BLW 411 Business Law and Ethics (W) 3
Accounting Elective (300/400 level) 3
Total 17
Seventh Semester Credits
OSM 311 Introduction to Operations Management 3
Finance Elective 4
Finance Elective 4
Finance Elective 4
Total 15
Eighth Semester Credits
MLR 465 Management Strategy and Policy (W) 3
Finance Elective 4
Finance Elective 4
FIN, ACT, or ECN Elective ^ 3-4
Total 14-15


* FIN 351 prerequisites are ACT 221, ACT 222, ECN 201, and ECN 202.

^ Courses recommended include ECN 322 (Statistics & Econometrics), ECN 330 (Managerial Economics), ECN 355 (Money & Banking), ACT 321 (Cost Accounting I), or ACT 331 (Intermediate Accounting I).

Students who elect to double-count Arts & Humanities courses with other Gen Ed requirements on the Lower Division checklist will need to take additional elective credit hours in these slots to reach the minimum 128 credits for graduation.

(W) Counts as a Writing Across the Curriculum course for university requirements (only if taken at CSU).  Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in order to receive Writing Across the Curriculum credit.

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration
Department of Finance, Rm. 321
2121 Euclid Avenue
BU 321
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Campus Location
Marilyn Leadbetter
Monte Ahuja Hall, Rm. 321
1860 East 18th Street
Phone: 216.687.4716
Fax: 216.875.9725

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