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Mission Statement

Our mission is to equip students with the academic knowledge, professional skills, tools and networks needed to achieve their personal and professional goals and to prepare our graduates to be leading members of public, private, government and nonprofit organizations.

About the Department

The Department of Finance, Financial Planning, and Insurance, in conjunction with the other departments in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, offers curricula leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Students who major outside of the Department of Finance, Financial Planning, and Insurance may complete a minor in Finance.

Academic Advisement

Programs in the Department of Finance, Financial Planning, and Insurance are impacted. All lower division program advisement is through the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics Student Services Center/EOP in BB 2113. Upper division students who are currently enrolled in or have completed BUS 302/L are encouraged to seek advisement through upper division mentors from the department of their major.


The major in Finance helps prepare graduates for a wide range of career opportunities in all industries and sectors of the economy. Students graduating with a major in Finance receive among the highest average starting salaries of business graduates.

The option in Financial Analysis prepares graduates for the fields in investment, portfolio management, corporate financial analysis and general finance.

The option in Financial Planning prepares graduates for the fields in consulting and financial advising and for a solid foundation for a career in personal financial planning.

The option in Insurance prepares graduates for a wide variety of analytical, managerial or underwriting careers in the insurance and risk management industry.


The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved AACSB International accreditation.


The Business Honors Program is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated high academic standards and to encourage these students to continue their record of excellence as business and economics majors at CSUN. The program is open to students who are declared majors in Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, or Business Administration with an option in either Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Real Estate, or Systems and Operations Management; who meet all Business Honors Program admissions criteria; and who apply and are selected for admission to the program. The Business Honors Program offers rigorous courses that emphasize communication, critical reasoning, complex problem solving and teamwork skills. Students accepted into the program are offered a variety of benefits, including Business Honors-designated courses, small class size, priority enrollment, Honors Mentorship, specialized Business Honors Seminars and other special events. For more information, call (818) 677-3100 or visit the Business Honors Program website.

Clubs and Societies

  • Student Finance Association

Career Education and Professional Development Center

The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics offers students the opportunity to gain real-life work experience by completing an approved internship. Internships are available in a wide variety of organizations and cover all business disciplines. Not only does an internship provide students with an opportunity to obtain experience, but in many cases the internship leads to employment with that organization. For more information, please call (818) 677-4697 or visit the Career Education and Professional Development website.


Department of Finance, Financial Planning, and Insurance
Chair: Zhong-Guo Zhou
Bookstein Hall (BB) 3125
(818) 677-2459