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College of Business and Economics

  • Chair: James P. Dow, Jr.
  • Department of Finance, Financial Planning, and Insurance
  • Juniper Hall (JH) 3125
  • (818) 677-2459
  • www.csun.edu/finance


Degree Programs

The Major

The Department of Finance, Real Estate and Insurance, in conjunction with the other departments in the College of Business and Economics, offers curricula leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with options in Real Estate or Insurance and Financial Services (listed separately). Students majoring outside of the department of Finance, Real Estate and Insurance may complete a Minor in Finance. The study of Finance consists of three interrelated areas:

  1. 1. capital markets, which deals with securities markets and financial intermediaries;
  2. 2. investments, which concerns the decisions of individual and business investors; and
  3. 3. financial management, which focuses on the actual management of firms. The major in Finance emphasizes both theoretical and practical approaches to these areas. As part of the curriculum, the Department offers elective courses in futures and options, real estate, insurance, risk management, international finance and an honors section of FIN 437, The Student Portfolio Management Class, where a small number of students manage a stock portfolio for the University Corporation.


The major in Finance helps prepare our graduates for a wide range of career opportunities in all industries and sectors of the economy. Among the finance career fields are consulting, financial planning, financial management analysis, financial budget analysis and investments. Students graduating with a major in Finance receive among the highest average starting salaries of business graduates.

Academic Advisement

All Lower Division program advisement is through the College Student Services Center in JH 2113. Upon completion of BUS 302/L, students are encouraged to seek advisement through faculty mentors from the department of their major.

Business Majors

A Business Major is any student majoring in Accountancy; Finance; Information Systems; Management; Marketing; or Business Administration with an option in either Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Insurance and Financial Services, Real Estate or Systems and Operations Management. All Business majors share 27 units of common Lower Division core courses and 19 units of common Upper Division core courses.

Double Major Requirements

Students seeking a double major in the College of Business and Economics must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA and be able to complete both majors within a maximum of 140 units.

Special Grade Requirements

Transfer students should be aware that no grade lower than a ā€œCā€ will be accepted on transfer from another institution to satisfy College of Business and Economics requirements.

Residency Requirement

At least 50 percent of the business and economics course credit units and 50 percent of the specialized major credit units required for the Bachelor of Science degrees in Accountancy, Business Administration, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics must be completed in residence at CSUN.

Admission to the Finance Major

Finance is an impacted program. Students seeking a major in Finance may initially declare a major in Pre-Finance while working to satisfy supplemental criteria, which requires completion of at least 60 units and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students must qualify by the time they earn 90 units. Additionally, a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher in FIN 303 is a prerequisite for all 400-level Finance (FIN) courses and selected 300-level Finance courses.