Build a Career-Ready Portfolio

You'll step right into a finance career with the real-world skills you gain at Susquehanna to work as an analyst, in investor relations or as a financial adviser.

We have a state-of-the-art investment research lab with 11 Bloomberg terminals, an exception for a school our size. Bloomberg terminals allow you to analyze financial market in real time. You'll also learn about placing and tracking trades by investing real university funds in the stock market through the River Hawk Investment Fund.

Less than 4% of business schools worldwide are recognized as a CFA Institute Affiliated University. As one of those few institutions, Susquehanna provides scholarships to help you cover the costly CFA® Level 1 exam. Because we cover nearly three-quarters of test material in class, you'll be ready to take the exam right out of the gate after graduation or even in your senior year!

You also have a chance to participate in the CFA Institute's research challenge, a global competition that gives our students intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics.

Our graduates achieve, with rewarding careers with brokerages or investment advisory firms, banks, insurance companies, manufacturing and service organizations. In addition to offering our students jobs, these companies help our students with internships.

Because our bold curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts, you will develop essential skills that employers seek, like writing, teamwork, presentation delivery, critical thinking, interpersonal relationships and leadership.

The Susquehanna Difference

Our Sigmund Weis School of Business is accredited by AACSB International. Only about 5% of the 15,000+ business programs worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation, making our program part of an elite group. For you, it means top companies will recognize the high quality of your degree, often offering higher, more competitive salaries.

You'll be assured intercultural experiences and even an international internship through our nationally recognized Global Opportunities program. Adding one of our interdisciplinary minors, like leadership, helps you gain a better understanding of important topics in today's world.

Ninety-eight percent of Susquehanna graduates have jobs within six months of graduation.

Recent graduates are employed:

Black Rock
Ernst & Young
Farleigh Dickinson University
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Hershey Co.
Highmark Blue Shield
JPMorgan Chase
Lockheed Martin
Merck & Co.
Newell Rubbermaid
Ross Stores
State Street Global Advisors
Zurich Financial Services

Requirements for the Majors offered by the Finance and Analytics Department. Students complete the business foundation courses and a major in Business Data Science or Finance. No grade below C- will be accepted to fulfill major requirements or in any foundation course.

Double-counting restriction: no student may have more than one major in the Sigmund Weis School of Business.

Semester Hours View Full Course Catalog >>

Business Foundation Courses

Year 1

4 ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics
4 ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics
4 MGMT-202 Business Statistics
or MATH-108 Introduction to Statistics
or MATH-109 Statistics for Social Sciences
or MATH-180 Statistical Methods
or PSYC-123 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Year 2

4 INFS-174 Database Data Collection and Modeling
4 ACCT-200 Financial Accounting
4 ACCT-210 Legal Environment
2 INFS-233 Data Driven Decision Making
4 MGMT-240 Principles of Management
4 MKTG-280 Marketing
2 MGMT-105 Introduction to Professional Development

Year 3

4 ACCT-330 Cost Management
4 FINC-340 Corporate Financial Management

Year 4

4 INFS-472 Data Insight and Visualization
4 MGMT-400 Business Policy and Strategy
4 MGMT-404 Global Business Ethics

No grade below a C- will be accepted toward graduation for foundation courses; upon earning a grade below C- in a foundation course, the student must retake the course the next semester in which it is offered. The course descriptions listed later in the catalog identify prerequisites, and these suggest a certain degree of order in completing the foundation. In addition to the foundation, first-semester business students enroll in MGMT-102 Global Business Perspectives (four semester hours), which provides an introduction to liberal studies and college life, as well as an overview of business functional areas, career opportunities and the Sigmund Weis School curriculum. This course satisfies the Perspectives requirement of the Central Curriculum.

Finance Major. The finance major prepares students for positions in all areas of finance, including asset management, corporate financial management, commercial and investment banks in an international context, investment advisory services, mutual funds, brokerages, and insurance. The major includes an optional CFA track that provides in-depth coverage of key areas tested on the CFA Level I examination.

Students will be offered the opportunity to participate in the Susquehanna University Student Investment Program (SUSIP). SUSIP is a student-managed investment fund that focuses on sustainability investment.

The finance major requires completion of the business foundation and the following courses, as follows:

4 FINC-300 Financial Statement Analysis
4 FINC-342 Investment Analysis
4 FINC-345 International Financial Management

And 8 semester hours selected from the following courses:

4 FINC-344 Financial Institutions and Markets
4 FINC-441 Advanced Corporate Financial Management
4 FINC-442 Portfolio Management
4 FINC-443 Equity Asset Analysis and Valuation
4 FINC-445 Financial Modeling and Fixed Income Analysis
2-4 FINC-446 Topics in Finance
2 ACCT-220 Introduction to Taxation

Students planning careers in investments are encouraged to take the following CFA track. This track is designed to provide in-depth coverage of CFA Level I examination topics, including CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

4 FINC-442 Portfolio Management
4 FINC-443 Equity Asset Analysis and Valuation
4 FINC-445 Financial Modeling and Fixed Income Analysis

Students participating in the Susquehanna University Student Investment Program (SUSIP) must enroll in FINC-442 and FINC-443.

Shan Yan, Ph.D.

Department: Finance and Analytics
Associate Professor of Finance and Analytics

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4499

Ali H.M. Zadeh, Ph.D.

Department: Finance and Analytics
Professor of Finance and Analytics

Pat Polwitoon, Ph.D.

Department: Finance and Analytics
Associate Professor of Finance and Analytics

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4749

James J. Pomykalski, Ph.D.

Department: Finance and Analytics
Associate Professor of Finance and Analytics

Peter Dadalt, Ph.D.

Department: Finance and Analytics
Assistant Professor of Finance and Analytics

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4524

Anjee Gorkhali

Department: Finance and Analytics
Assistant Professor of Finance and Analytics

Trade Like a Pro

Gain practical experience for your business career in a fun, interactive setting — our trading room features 11 Bloomberg terminals with specialized keyboards, double-screen displays and professional investment software. 

Using the same technology as the world’s leading banks, corporations and government agencies, you’ll learn to utilize leading indicators, research and news in real time. You’ll evaluate economic scenarios and place trades while you gain insight into how financial markets impact the global economy.  

By earning a coveted Bloomberg Certification through your coursework, you’ll have a huge advantage over your peers when you search for undergraduate internships and employment after college.

Student investment center

Hear what our students and alumni think

Josh Hanemann

Class of 2017

"I ultimately feel like I made a great decision to come to Susquehanna. The university and the Sigmund Weis School of Business have been great incubators for what I have done so far, and what I hope to do in the future."

Erin Byrne

Class of 2017

"With the help of my peers and professors I came in with many of the technical skills I need to be successful (in my internship)."

James Baublitz

Class of 2008

"Susquehanna was a good fit for me in that I could focus on a very specific educational direction or something very broad.

"I valued the writing and thinking skills that were needed in both majors and thought it was a great way to round out a more technical degree like finance."

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Shan Yan, department head 

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