Business Management

Finance minor

Prof. Hui-Ju Tsai, Director

Students pursuing the Finance Minor learn how to make the financial decisions critical to the sustainability of corporations. The acquisition of foundational knowledge related to the financial analysis of firms as well as an understanding of risk and return allows students to pursue advanced finance concepts, both from the internal view of the corporation, and the external evaluation of investors. Throughout, students will consider the significant ethical dimension of financial analysis, practices, and choices. 

This minor is designed to prepare students for employment or further study at the graduate level. While internships are not required for the minor, they are strongly encouraged. Please contact the Director of the Minor or the chair of the Department of Business Management for information regarding earning academic credit for internships.

While internships are not required for the minor, they are strongly encouraged. Please contact the Director of the Minor or the Chair of the Department of Business Management for information regarding earning academic credit for internships.

4 Core Courses

  • ECN 111. Introduction to Macroeconomics, or ECN 112. Introduction to Microeconomics
  • BUS 109. Managerial Statistics, or ECN 215. Data Analysis, or equivalent course
  • BUS 112. Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • BUS 209. Financial Analysis

4 Elective Courses

At least three elective courses must be BUS courses.

  • BUS 355. Corporate Finance
  • BUS 356. Multinational Financial Management
  • BUS 440. Investments
  • BUS 455. Financial Derivatives
  • ECN 314. Money and Banking
  • ECN 411. International Finance

Special topic elective courses are also offered from time to time.

With the prior permission of the director of the Finance Minor or the chair of the Department of Business Management, relevant special topic courses from other Washington College departments or taken at study-abroad partners may also be counted for the minor. See the catalog entry for the Business Management major for more information regarding study-abroad partners offering business-related courses.

Student Opportunities

Brown Advisory Student-Managed Investment Fund Program

Students from any major can participate in the Brown Advisory Student-Managed Investment Fund Program and help manage an equity fund valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. Under the mentorship of Richard Bookbinder P’10, founder and manager of TerraVerde Capital Management and Bookbinder Capital Management, LLC, students learn to analyze and report on stocks, and then determine trades worth tens of thousands of dollars. The program includes career preparation, talks by visiting business leaders, and intensive work over the semester that will help prepare students for a career in the investment field.

Networking events and special opportunities such as attendance at shareholder meetings allow students to acquire valuable real world knowledge and experience.

Students interested in participating in this program are required to submit applications for review by the Finance Minor Director and the Distinguished Executive-In-Residence for the program.