Nichols’ finance program prepares you to be a leader in money management.

The program covers the major areas of financial analysis and planning, including corporate financial analysis, capital markets and securities, investing, banking operations, and personal finance.
Our instructors have real-world financing experience. Our network of finance alumni provide vital internship and employment opportunities.

Finance is a highly competitive field. Let Nichols set you ahead of the pack.

Leading the Way

Emily Widdison ’13 The Hartford Financial Services Group, Financial Analyst

I first learned about the internship at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc from my accounting professor. The accounting and finance aspects appealed to me, and I wanted to see if it was a good fit. While there, I worked on the external financial statement reporting for the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission). It did turn out to be a good fit since I am now working their full-time.

Keith Anderson ’81 Anderson Global Macro LLC, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer

My passion is investing and studying the ways economies work and markets operate. While at Nichols, the relationships with my professors helped me to build the foundation I needed for my professional career. That is the benefit of a small school like Nichols-- the access to the faculty. I found it far and away the most important aspect of my time there. I notice that many of my former professors are still teaching at Nichols. In this world where so many things are constantly changing, I find it refreshing.

Courses & Requirements

Finance majors must complete 121 credit hours (approximately 40 courses), including courses from the foundation and business core curricula, focused electives and these required specialization courses:

Required Courses

FIN 325 Corporate Finance

Analysis of long-term corporate financial decisions, including capital budgeting, cost of capital, leverage, dividend policy, debt and equity financing, working capital management, and business combinations.

Prerequisite: FIN-203.

FIN 330 Investments

A study of investment principles and techniques including the investment environment, evaluation of securities, current practices in the securities/investments industry, and the formulation of investment objectives.

Prerequisite: FIN-203.

ECON 307 Money, Banking & the Economy

An examination of the role that money, interest rates, and financial intermediaries play in the operation of the U.S. economy. The goal of the course is to give students an overview of the U.S. financial system and an understanding of the theory and practice of monetary policy. The topics blend institutional analysis with theoretical modeling and empirical/historical perspectives.

Prerequisites: ECON-221, and ECON-222.

ACCT 402 Federal Taxes

This course is intended to make the student aware of the major tax issues that influence decision-making by businesses and individuals. Specific topics include tax planning, income determination, capital vs. ordinary income, the deductibility of expenses, and the tax implications of various forms of business entities.

Prerequisite: FIN-203.

FIN 432 Financial Planning

An introduction to the financial issues that impact the lives of average people every day. The course covers money management, the rudiments of investing, personal tax, the fundamentals of life, health and property insurance, the tradeoffs between risk and return in investing, home ownership and mortgages, the pitfalls of consumer debt, retirement planning, and estate planning.

Prerequisite: FIN-203.

FIN 480 Problems in Business Finance

A capstone course which expands upon corporate finance and investment concepts. Includes exposure to advanced financial theory. The case method of instruction challenges student teams to nderstand, evaluate, and solve real world business problems.

Prerequisites: FIN-325, and FIN-330. FIN-203 Required


Finance offers no elective courses.


  • Christine Beaudin

    Christine Beaudin
    Assistant Professor of Finance / Finance Program Chair

  • Kalpana Khanal

    Kalpana Khanal
    Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance

  • Karin Curran

    Karin Curran
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance

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    Bryant Richards
    Associate Professor Accounting and Finance