Department of Finance


The Department of Finance offers two majors:  (1) the Finance major and (2) the Financial Planning major.  The new Financial Planning major is effective beginning in the Fall 2014 semester (new webpage under construction).

The Finance major focuses on learning how to make the best decisions about raising and using resources under risk. Finance addresses many questions regarding value: How much is a product worth? Is a stock worth investing in? Will expanding a business produce a sufficient return on investment? Deciding what to do with the opportunities and resources you have or can obtain today, balanced with your business needs for tomorrow---that's what Finance is all about.

The undergraduate program in finance prepares students to assume leadership positions at all levels of financial management for careers in business, industry, government, and public or private corporations.

The Lerner College provides an extensive computer lab, located in our building, and features IBM-compatible computers equipped with the latest software packages. Lerner College buildings have WI-FI wireless internet connectivity, as do many other UD locations.

Need more specific information? Click the appropriate link below to find out more.

  • Courses offered in the Finance Department, with sample syllabi. This also contains some special notes on particular classes to help you with registration decisions.
  • Registrar's page showing Finance Classes and Seat Availability for each semester. Enter "FINC" in the "Course Number" box, choose the calendar term of interest to you, then click "Search".
  • Is the finance major for you? An introductory discussion.
  • We are proud to announce that the undergraduate finance program has been recognized by the CFA Institute as having embedded a significant portion of the CFA Exam Material (Candidate Body Of Knowledge - CBOK) into the curricula.  For information regarding the CFA Exam, please visit CFA Institute.  For current students who wish to apply for an exam scholarship, please contact Fred Bereskin ( or Rich Jakotowicz ( ).
  • Study Abroad Opportunity: The Finance Department offers several study abroad opportunities . Contact Professor Fields , Mr. Detwiler or Professor Laux for information.
  • Dual Majors and Minors. Strong students majoring in Finance often pursue a second major (often Accounting) or a minor in international business, management information systems (MIS) or Economics.
  • Business Organizations, The Blue Hen Investment Club and the Student Financial Management Association are of special interest to finance majors.
  • The Advisor for Junior and Senior Finance majors is Mr. Detwiler.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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