Majors and Minors


The Finance curriculum at Cleveland State University introduces business students to theories, concepts, practices, and advances in financial analysis and financial management. Topics covered include risk estimation and solutions, efficient management of funds, selection of alternative sources of financing, the financial adaptation of the firm and the individual investor to a dynamic economic and political environment, the fundamental and technical valuation of various types of assets, and the determination of appropriate investment policies for the firm and the individual within the U.S. as well as the international environment. The Finance faculty is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise and scholarship in corporate finance and investments. The Center for Real Estate Research is especially well- known throughout the world, most notably in the area of real estate investments.

Students may choose from four areas of specialization:

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

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The Finance Major within the BBA degree program at Cleveland State University prepares students with a broad foundation of business knowledge, management skills and proficiency in finance for professional careers in the financial departments of industrial, commercial and financial institutions, investment firms, real estate firms, insurance companies, and government and public agencies.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Finance major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

Finance majors are strongly encouraged to gain practical experience by participating in professional internship opportunities offered by area firms and financial institutions. In most instances, internships can be arranged to grant academic credit toward the major field elective requirements stated below. For more information, please contact the Finance Department or the Career Services representative for the College of Business, located in the Undergraduate Advising Office in BU 219.

For more information, contact:
Department of Finance
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, BU 215
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.4716

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