Finance | Undergraduate

The Finance Program, which offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, has three available concentrations: Finance, Risk Management and Insurance, and Actuarial Science.

The Finance program offers a comprehensive, intensive, and rigorous curriculum for students who wish to pursue careers in corporate finance, investments, investment banking, financial analysis, personal financial planning, and other areas of the global financial services industry. The Finance program offers students three concentrations within the major: Finance, Risk Management and Insurance, and Actuarial Science. The department is also affiliated with the two professional industry centers: the centers for Insurance Education (CIE) and the Center for Financial Services (CFS). 

Since 1970, over 35, 000 alumni have graduated from this department and represent the largest number of African Americans on Wall Street.  Furthermore, Howard University is the only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to offer an insurance major/concentration. 

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, the global association for investment professionals that awards the prestigious CFA designation, granted in May 2009 a CFA Program Partnership status to the undergraduate and graduate Finance Programs of School of Business, Howard University. CFA Institute partners with only a limited number of globally diverse, select institutions whose degree programs cover a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, including its ethical and professional standards.  This partnership provides various benefits including CFA exam scholarships. 

Program Details

  • Degree Classification: Undergraduate
  • Related Degrees: B.B.A.
  • Program Type: Major
  • Program Frequency: Full-Time
  • Format: In Person

Degree Requirements

Here are some of our featured courses:

  • Business Finance Policy and Decision
  • Financial Management 
  • Financial Modeling and Analysis 
  • Principles of Investments 

Center for Financial Services 

The Center for Financial Services is a vital resource for teaching, learning, and research, and it has been a showpiece for the School of Business. The activities of the Center enable faculty to integrate real-world perspectives into their courses and enhance the practical utility of education through experiential learning-by-doing for students. The Center has been instrumental in generating enthusiasm for the School of Business students among recruiters. In recent years, several leading firms have been attracted to hiring our well-prepared students, either for the first time or in larger numbers.


Center for Insurance Education

The Center for Insurance Education (CIE) was created in 1978 to accommodate the insurance industry’s need for better-educated employees in the field. The CIE is the portal through which the insurance industry accesses more than 1500 students in the School of Business each year. The Howard University Center for Insurance Education interacts with and secures financial support from many fine institutions and organizations that are dedicated to the fulfillment of the CIE purpose. Support has been provided by Aetna, AIG, Allstate, American Family, Aon, Chubb, CNA, HAI Group, Hartford, Marsh, Nationwide, Northwestern Mutual, Principal Financial, Prudential, State Farm, Towers Watson, Travelers, The American College, The Institutes, Society of Actuaries/Casualty Actuarial Society, International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA), Casualty Actuaries of the Mid-Atlantic Region (CAMAR), National African America Insurance Association (NAAIA), RIMS, CPCU Chapters, CLU/ChFC chapters, MDRT and many others.