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The Financial Management track of the Finance major focuses on managing the finances of an organization as opposed to individuals. Examples of duties include analyzing financial information and competitor data, making recommendations based on the financial information, and monitoring outcomes. Employers hiring Financial Management track students include banks, investment companies, insurance companies, financial institutions, and publicly traded and privately held companies.

career opportunities

Financial Managers can be found in nearly all firms, government agencies, and organizations spending a great deal of time developing strategies to help the organization realize its long-term goals. Financial Managers supervise the preparation of financial reports, guide investment activities, and execute cash-management strategies.

All business majors are strongly encouraged to complete internships. Internships are career-related work experiences that enable students to apply their knowledge and skills in an organizational setting. In the WCBA, internships that are approved for academic credit must be paid. Completing a career-related internship increases a student's job opportunities upon graduation.   

student experiences

Finance students at Youngstown State University have the opportunity to build their leadership skills through various WCBA student organizations. Housed in the Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance are the Student Investment Fund, the Institute of Management Accountants, and Beta Alpha Psi, the professional business organization for accounting, finance and information system majors

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics requirement (MATH 1552 required - see business tool courses)
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.) PHIL 2628 Business Ethics required for the major satisfies 3SH of Arts & Humanities
PHIL 2628Business Ethics (required for major)3
Arts and Humanities elective3
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab)7
Social Science (6 s.h.) Met through ECON 2610 and ECON 2630 - see Business Tool)
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
Business Tool courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or better and CANNOT be take Credit/No Credit.
BUS 1500Exploring Business3
BUS 2600Business Applications of Microsoft Excel3
MATH 1552Applied Mathematics for Management4
ECON 2610Principles 1: Microeconomics3
ECON 2630Principles 2: Macroeconomics3
MGT 2604Legal Environment of Business 13
ACCT 2602Financial Accounting3
ACCT 2603Managerial Accounting3
ENGL 3742Business Writing3
ECON 3788Statistics for Business and Economics 13
To enroll in upper level business courses students must have successfully completed ENGL 1549 or 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545, all Business Tool courses AND have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.
Upper level business courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and CANNOT be taken credit/no credit.
BUS 3715Principles of International Business3
BUS 3700Business Analytics3
FIN 3720Business Finance3
MKTG 3702Business Professionalism1
MKTG 3703Marketing Concepts and Practice3
MGT 3725Fundamentals of Management3
MGT 3761Management Information Systems3
MGT 3789Operations Management3
MGT 4850Strategic Management and Leadership3
FIN 3715Planning Your Financial Future3
FIN 3730Investment Planning4
FIN 4835Advanced Business Finance4
FIN 4853Financial Analysis4
ACCT 3701Intermediate Accounting 14
or ACCT 4813 Federal Taxation 1
Select 8 semester hours of upper level finance courses. Students should consider at least one internship.
Select 8 SH of upper level business courses (ACCT, ADV, BUS, ENT, FIN, MGT, MKTG)
Total Semester Hours120-122
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
MGT 2604 Legal Environment of Business 1 3
ECON 2610 Principles 1: Microeconomics 3
BUS 2600 Business Applications of Microsoft Excel 3
GE: Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
BUS 1500 Exploring Business 3
MATH 1552 Applied Mathematics for Management 4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
GE: Social & Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours17-19
Year 2
ACCT 2603 Managerial Accounting 3
MKTG 3702 Business Professionalism 1
ECON 3788 Statistics for Business and Economics 1 3
GE: Lab Science 4
GE: Social and Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours14
ACCT 2602 Financial Accounting 3
ENGL 3742 Business Writing 3
PHIL 2628 Business Ethics 3
ECON 2630 Principles 2: Macroeconomics 3
GE: Natural Science 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
FIN 3730 Investment Planning 4
FIN 4835 Advanced Business Finance 4
BUS 3715 Principles of International Business 3
MGT 3761 Management Information Systems 3
Upper Level Business Course Internship Recommended 3
 Semester Hours17
FIN 3715 Planning Your Financial Future (formerly FIN 2615) 3
FIN 3720 Business Finance 3
MKTG 3703 Marketing Concepts and Practice 3
MGT 3725 Fundamentals of Management 3
BUS 3700 Business Analytics 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
MGT 4850 Strategic Management and Leadership 3
Upper Level Finance Course 4
Upper Level Business Course 3
Upper Level Business Course 3
 Semester Hours13
ACCT 3701
Intermediate Accounting 1
or Federal Taxation 1
FIN 4853 Financial Analysis 4
MGT 3789 Operations Management 3
Upper Level Finance Course 3
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120-122

ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, Business Tool and upper level business courses (ACCT, ADV, BUS, ENT, FIN, MGT, MKTG) must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.

To enroll in upper level Business courses students must have successfully completed ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545, all Business Tool courses AND have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for majors within the Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance are as follows:

  • Students will be able to identify, formulate, and solve discipline-specific problems within the context of business, ethical, and societal constraints;
  • Students will learn to function and communicate (in writing and orally) both individually and within multidisciplinary teams;
  • Students will develop enhanced technology skills by being exposed to assignments requiring advanced computer/spreadsheet knowledge, expanded presentation activity (e.g. PowerPoint  in the oral-intensive courses), and required analysis of financial statements;
  • Students will be given opportunities to work with and be exposed to the business community and professionals through internship opportunities, student organizations, and social functions;
  • Students will obtain an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a recognition of and an appreciation for the need to engage in life-long learning.