Undergraduate Curriculum:

The Undergraduate Program in Finance, Insurance and Business Law (the Finance Department) offers significant coursework in accounting and finance, both of which are essential for success as a financial professional. Students learn the fundamental theory underlying the core areas of finance, the application of the various theoretical models in financial decision-making, and various analytical approaches for solving financial problems. The program maintains a strong focus on coursework that will help students apply their knowledge to realistic situations. The program also provides numerous opportunities for students to strengthen their oral and written communication skills and their skills with Excel.

Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business is a CFA Program Partner of CFA Institute, the global, non-profit professional association that administers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) curriculum and examination program. Please see link for details. Also check out the site:

The Pamplin College of Business is also fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the primary accreditation organization for university-level business schools in the United States.

University Requirements:

Finance majors are required to fulfill the core curriculum requirements of the university and the Pamplin College of Business in addition to the Finance Departments requirements. A student typically will not start taking courses from the Finance Department before they become a sophomore or junior. The freshman and sophomore years are primarily devoted to satisfying the university and Pamplin College of Business core curriculum requirements. Detailed checksheets, which provide the specific course requirements and recommended sequencing for Finance majors, as well as the university and Pamplin College of Business core curriculum requirements, are provided HERE.

Finance Department Core Courses:

Once a student has met all of the required freshman and sophomore-level course requirements at university and college level, they can be officially enrolled as a finance major (since the department does not offer finance as a minor.). The following are the requirements of the department.

  • FIN 2164: Survey of Finance and Career Planning (beginning for the Class of 2017)
  • FIN 3104: Introduction to Finance (also listed as college core course)
  • FIN 3134: Finance Concepts and Skills, prerequisite for FIN 3144 and FIN 3154
  • FIN 3144: Investments: Debt, Equity and Derivatives, prerequisite for all 42XX finance electives
  • FIN 3154: Corporate Finance, prerequisite for all 42XX finance electives
  • FIN 3054: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (also listed as college core course)
  • ACIS 3115: Financial Accounting or ACIS 4194: Analysis of Financial Statements

Finance Tracks:

In addition to taking the courses listed above, students majoring in finance are also required to choose one or more career track(s) from the following list and finish at least four finance electives to meet the requirements of their designated career track(s). For more information on Finance Tracks, please see your advisor.

      Investment Management and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Track
  • This track is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in investment management and is designed to prepare students to take Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examination upon graduation.
    Corporate Financial Management Track
  • This track is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in corporate finance.
    Financial Services Management Track
  • This track is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in commercial banking.
    Financial Accounting Track
  • This track is designed for students who want to double-major in finance and accounting.
    Certified Financial Planner Certification Education Track
  • This track is designed for students who want to pursue a career in financial planning and wealth management. It is also designed to prepare students to take the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) examination upon graduation.
    General Finance Track
  • This track is for students whose career goals dont fit into the previously described categories.

Finance Electives:

The Finance Department offers a variety of electives for its students, which are designed to prepare them for the various career paths available to finance majors. The electives required for each track within the undergraduate finance program are outlined on the departments checksheet, which can be accessed HERE.

  • FIN 4144: International Financial Management
  • FIN 4154: Real Estate Finance
  • FIN 4224: Fixed Income Securities
  • FIN 4234: Venture Capital and Investment Banking
  • FIN 4244: Asset Valuation and Corporate Governance
  • FIN 4254: Bank Management and Financial Services
  • FIN 4264: Managing Risk with Derivatives
  • FIN 4274: Equity Securities
  • FIN 4984: Financial Modeling in Excel
  • ACIS 3116: Financial Accounting II
  • ACIS 3314: Tax Impact on Decisions
  • ACIS 3215: Cost Accounting
  • ACIS 4214: Cost Planning and Control

Finance Free Electives:

In addition to the courses listed above, the Finance Department offers additional finance and business law free electives, which are listed below:

  • FIN 3164: Finance Career Strategies
  • FIN 3954: Finance Study Abroad
  • FIN 4004: Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • FIN 4014: Internet Law
  • FIN 4284: Free Markets and Economic Welfare
  • FIN 4974: Independent Study
  • Minors in Business:

    Within the Pamplin College of Business, there are a number of minors that are available to finance majors. A list of them, with links to their respective pages, are provided below:

  • Applied Business Computing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Multicultural Diversity Management
  • Professional Sales
  • Real Estate
  • For more information on these minors, including the required coursework, click HERE.