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Why Join the Pamplin Undergraduate Program

Why Choose the Finance Program?

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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.

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 can be found under the "Checksheets/Forms" heading on this page.

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 3054: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (also listed as college core course)
  • FIN 3104: Introduction to Finance (also listed as college core course)
  • FIN 3134: Financial Analytics, prerequisite for FIN 3144, FIN 3154 and FIN 4154
  • FIN 3144: Investments: Debt, Equity and Derivatives, prerequisite for all 42XX finance electives
  • FIN 3154: Corporate Finance, prerequisite for all 42XX finance electives
  • ACIS 3115: Financial Accounting or ACIS 4194: Analysis of Financial Statements

For students graduating in 2017 please see the information below.
For students graduating in 2018 please see the information at this link.

Finance Tracks (For Students Graduating in 2017)

In addition to taking the courses listed above, students majoring in finance are also required to choose one or more career tracks 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 adviser.

Investment Management and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Track

Corporate Financial Management Track

Financial Services Management Track

Financial Accounting Track

Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Certification Education Track

General Finance Track


Finance Options (For Students Graduating in 2018)

In addition to taking the University required course, College required courses, and Finance core courses, students majoring in finance are also required to choose a Finance Option.  For more information on Finance Options, please see your adviser.

Investment Management and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Option (FCFA)

Corporate Financial Management Option (FCFM)

Banking & Financial Institutions Management Option (FBFI)

Financial Accounting Option (FFAC)

Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Certification Education Option (FCFP)



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.

  • 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
  • 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 3174: 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 4214: Financial Modeling in Excel

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
  • Professional Sales
  • Real Estate

For more information on these minors, including the required coursework, click HERE.

Virginia Tech's Title IV Code required on the FAFSA: 003754.

For detailed information on financial aid, please contact

Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid (MC 0222)

Student Services Building, Suite 200, Virginia Tech

800 Washington Street SW, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.fa

Contact Information

Undergraduate Checksheets:

Checksheets are an excellent way to help students chart their academic processes. A checksheet, combined with advisor meetings and a DARS* report will help a student stay on track for graduation.

Checksheets are in line with the year the student is planned to graduate. They are also available for Finance majors in the department office at Pamplin 1016.

*You must apply for your degree at the beginning of your junior year. Approximately 2-3 business days after applying for your degree, you will be able to request your DARS report through Hokie SPA.

Following are the links to the checksheets of the graduating years:

2019 Option Checksheets:

2020 / 2019 / 2018 / 2017 / 2016 / 2015201420132012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007 / 2006 / 2005 / 2004 / 2003 / 2002

Other Forms

Graduation Requirements (Checksheets) - Registrar Site

The Department of Finance offers a wide range of courses that help to prepare students for their chosen career track(s). The following is a list of available courses and the course schedules.


2016-2017 2017-2018 
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Summer I Summer I Summer 1
Summer II Summer II Summer 2
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Summer IISummer IISummer II Summer II Summer II

Advising at Virginia Tech is a collaborative process between student and advisor leading to the exchange of information for making responsible academic and career decisions. All Pamplin Students are advised through our Undergraduate Advising Office.


  • BASIS: George Morgan
  • SEED: Randy BIllingsley, John Pinkerton
  • CFA® Program: Brian Hart
  • CFP® Program: Derek Klock
  • BB&T Program on Capitalism: Douglas Patterson
  • Finance Club: Wally Newton
  • Pre-Law Advisor: Janine Hiller
  • UG Career/Placement: Mike Kender

Advice from Students

Statement of Advisor Responsibility

The advisor shares the responsibility for developing an advising partnership with undergraduate students. This is achieved through the advisor:

  • Communicating with students and delivering individualized and accurate information in a professional sincere manner;
  • Being informed of, and providing accurate information about current academic policies and procedures;
  • Keeping appointments and being available for assistance;
  • Providing appropriate referrals, contacts, and information;
  • Doing appropriate follow-up with students; and
  • Seeking out and taking advantage of opportunities for professional development.

Statement of Student Responsibility

The student shares the responsibility for developing an advising partnership with the advisor. Over time, the partnership results in increased responsibility for the student. The student will:

  • Communicate goals, needs, wants, and concerns to the advisor in a respectful and sincere manner;
  • Keep abreast of their own academic progress and requirements related to their academic program;
  • Make, keeping, and being prepared for appointments with advisor;
  • Inform the advisor of changes in plans and/or circumstances that might impact academic performance;
  • Know departmental procedures for changing advisors; and
  • Bring concerns regarding quality of advising to the attention of the advisor.

For the most updated versions of the statements of responsibility please visit:

International Programs

The Pamplin College of Business provides many international opportunities for its students. It offers a number of faculty-led study abroad programs and supports exchange and internship programs around the world.

What is your Return On Investment (ROI) on studying abroad?

Study abroad means a variety of opportunities for you to learn, live and travel in another country or region of the world.

  • Travel with VT faculty to exotic destinations in Europe and Latin America.
  • Take VT or other university courses at an overseas campus.
  • Study at another university through an exchange program. Take classes in English and the local language alongside other international students.
  • Attend another university and gain internship experience while taking regular classes.

International Business Minor information is here.


Work for a company overseas. There are full and part time positions available in several countries. Earn real money and/or class credit while learning how business is conducted in another country. Combine internships with regular coursework at several universities around the world. Some positions require only English while others require some level of fluency in another language. These are a wonderful way to build your resume; work experience, language proficiency, international living.

Dual degrees

You can earn a bachelor and masters degree in 5 years through these unique programs. You will also develop fluency in another language, have an internship and prepare yourself for new career opportunities.

International business minor

International Business Minor information is here.

You might also want to earn the global business minor as part of your international studies.

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