Finance Major.

Enter the world of finance and investing.

Are you ready for a career in finance and investing? To pursue a career expected to be one of the fastest-growing careers over the next decade? Then consider Nichols Finance major . . .

Nichols Finance program gives you the tools to understand and take on a role in money management within business organizations and to make sound financial decisions. The finance program covers the major areas of financial analysis and planning:

How do we prepare you to do this? By providing you with access to . . .

Instruction from professors with real-world experience

Impressive Internships

Internships are encouraged and provide you with the real-world experience and contacts you need to land a job in this highly competitive field.

Emily Widdison

Class of 2013: Emily Widdison
Major: Finance & Accounting
Position:Interned at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and starts full-time employment there upon graduation in the Financial Leadership Program

I first learned about the internship 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 they offered me a job to begin once I graduate!

Some of our recent internship locations include:

Career Opportunities

Finance alumni are employed at prestigious companies and organizations, including:

Career Success

Keith Anderson

Keith Anderson
Position: Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Anderson Global Macro LLC

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.


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:

FIN 325
Corporate Finance
3 Hours, 1 Semester

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
3 Hours, 1 Semester

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 and the Economy
3 Hours, 1 Semester

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 222

ACCT 402
Federal Taxes
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course is intended to make the student aware of the major tax issues that influence decision-making by businesses and investors. 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
3 Hours, 1 Semester

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
3 Hours, 1 Semester

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 understand, evaluate, and solve real world business problems.  
Prerequisites: FIN 325 and FIN 330


College Catalog

Review or download the college catalog for additional details and information about courses and requirements.

Key Faculty
William Lasher
  • William Lasher
  • Program Chair

Questions about the Finance Program? Contact Professor William Lasher, Program Chair, at or 508-213-2258.