Weishen Wang, Chair
About the Department
Bachelor of Science in Finance
The mission of the Department of Finance is to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction in finance in support of the School of Business. Building on the strengths of liberal arts education, the Department provides students a broad exposure to concepts, theories, analytical techniques and applications in finance. It tailors the curriculum to the real world to educate and graduate ready-to-work students.
The Department is home to the School of Business Investment Program and the Carter Real Estate Center (CREC). In the Investment Program, students have the opportunity to manage real money. The Carter Real Estate Center builds relationships with the Charleston real estate community to support our students’ professional development.
The Department of Finance is responsible for the finance major, finance and real estate minors, and real estate concentrations.
After graduation, the students in finance can choose from an array of careers. They can carry a variety of job titles such as compensation officer in human recourse department, account managers in investment firms, property managers, portfolio managers, financial advisors, loan officers, financial analysts, insurance underwriters, CFO, and others.
The finance program fulfills three primary objectives by providing students a broad exposure to concepts, theories, analytical techniques and applications.
- The content of the curriculum will provide students the opportunity to examine all facets of a financial system, either in part or whole.
- Students will be exposed to theories and concepts and will learn how to apply in realistic financial environments.
- Majors receive a solid foundation for graduate study of professional certification programs in finance.
A degree in finance will prepare students for work in business, financial institutions, financial markets, and international finance, as well as in government agencies, educational institutions, and consulting organizations. Those working in the financial industry provide valuable assistance in analyzing and interpreting firm cash flows and values, market cycles, government policies and international developments on currencies, financial systems and financial conditions. Such analysts and interpretations are vital to the successful operation of business firms. The Finance Department also offers a concentration with the Business Administration major.
Real Estate Concentration and Minor
Elaine Worzala, Director, Carter Real Estate Center (843.953.8121)
The real estate concentration and minor at the College of Charleston prepares students for career positions in the commercial real estate industry, including: investment opportunity analysis, investment and leasing brokerage, development, banking, valuation and appraisal, market analysis and asset management. The concentration requires 18 credit hours to complete.
In addition to coursework, the program sponsors an active Real Estate Club that offers numerous out-of-classroom learning experiences to give students opportunities to enhance their “real world” knowledge. The program also offers access and exposure to many of software packages currently used to make real estate valuation decisions including ARGUS and CoStar.
Also, see notes under section for School of Business.