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The Finance Honors Track is a new track within the Roosevelt Honors Program. This two-year program provides undergraduate students interested in finance the resources, tools and guidance needed to successfully reach their career goals. It is a cohort-based two-year lock-step program. Each fall, a cohort of ten students will be accepted into the Finance Honors Track – starting in Fall 2018. The first three cohorts of the program, a total of 30 students (10 students x 3 = 30), will be funded through a gift of $1.04 million from the Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation (CCCF) and will be known as CCCF Fellows. The program is pledge-bound to the donors to have, on the average, no less than 40% of each cohort representing women, first-generation college students, and students from underrepresented population groups during this funding period.

This track entails a total of 18 credit hours in finance. In addition to taking a select number of finance courses, which are already offered under the existing BSBA in finance, the honors track students are required to take an honors thesis course and write a thesis to fulfill the academic requirements of the program.  All the finance courses required in the program already exist under the current BSBA program except for one.  The only new course is on research methods.

Under the current funding, students accepted in the first three cohorts of the Finance Honors Track will receive a cash stipend (on top of their financial-aid package) of total $10,000, paid opportunities to attend professional development workshops and seminars, paid corporate visits - within and/or outside the U.S., and opportunities to get involved in research with faculty members and present work at relevant conferences over the two-year period. The students are expected to take a preset sequence of courses in finance, write a thesis under faculty guidance and obtain an internship within the two-year period of the program. Each student accepted in the program will be assigned two mentors – one academic mentor and one executive (industry professional) mentor - for the duration of the program. Students are expected to be active participants of the FMA Student Chapter at RU and are required to participate in experiential learning projects like Financial Literacy Programs, IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, etc., over the two-year period.

Apply now to join the Finance Honors Track.

Program Contacts

Dr. Tanweer Hasan, Executive Director, CCCF Fellows Program
312-281-3267 | thasan@roosevelt.edu

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Curriculum

The Finance Honors Track is open to all juniors, irrespective of their majors, with no less than 60 credit hours and no more the 75 credit hours at the start date of each cohort (fall semester) with an overall GPA of 3.0 or more, as long as the students commit to go through the following course work in finance offered in a preset sequence (lock-step), during their junior and senior years, which includes writing a thesis.[1]  A student with less than 60 hours may be considered for honors track if the student, if selected, commits to fulfilling additional honors course requirements dictated by the RU Honors guidelines, per a sliding scale listed here - http://catalog.roosevelt.edu/undergraduate/honors-program/#requirementstext, within the two-year duration (the same GPA requirement applies).[2]

  • FIN 311 (3 credits): Principles of Finance – HCB Honors Section
  • FIN 312 (3 credits): Corporate Finance – HCB Honors Section
  • FIN 321 (3 credits): Investments – HCB Honors Section
  • FIN 387 (3 credits): Derivatives – HCB Honors Section
  • FIN XXX/Special Topics (3 credits) Research Methods in Finance – HCB Honors Section
  • HON 399 (3 credits): Thesis – RU Honors Section
  • TOTAL: (18 credits)

FIN majors can most easily fit into the Finance Honors Track and use the 18 credit hours earned towards fulfilling the requirements of FIN major. Other business majors with FIN minor are currently required to complete 12 credit hours of coursework in finance. That means, for FIN minors (with BUS majors) only two additional (after counting FIN 311, required for all business majors) FIN courses are needed to fulfill the requirements of the Finance Honors Track. Given the 18 credit hours requirement the FIN minors accepted in the program should be advised about the option of upgrading from minor to a second/double major in finance.

Students with majors outside of HCB cannot double major with HCB disciplines. However, students can do a minor in finance where the total business requirements (FIN and non-FIN courses) are 21 credit hours. Students outside HCB with minor in FIN should note that participation in the Finance Honors Track would result in completing 27 credit hours of total business requirements.  Non-HCB majors are welcome to apply to the Finance Honors Track but they must reserve six additional credits in their general electives to complete the requirements of the program otherwise it would push them beyond the required 120 credit for undergraduate degree.

Students accepted in the program must declare a major or minor in FIN at the beginning of the two-year CCCF Finance Honors Track program.  All courses in the CCCF Finance Honors Track will offered face-to-face in Chicago campus.

[1] Please note that existing RU Honors students who are business majors do not automatically qualify to enter this program.

[2] Different requirements may apply to existing RU honors students accepted into the Finance Honors Track.  Please consult with the RU Honors Program Office and the executive director of the Finance Honors Track for further clarifications.

Honors Diploma Designation

Students are enrolled in the finance honors track during their junior year only, with no less than 60 credit hours and no more than 75 credit hours completed.  Upon completion of 18 semester hours required in the program, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or more, the students will get “Honors Program” on their diploma.  An existing RU honors students accepted into the Finance Honors Track may need to complete more than the 18 credit hours mandated by the program to get “Honors Program” on their diploma, depending on the time the student originally entered the RU Honors Program per a per a sliding scale.

Also, a student with less than 60 credit hours may be considered for the Finance Honors Track if the student, if selected, commits to fulfilling additional honors course requirements dictated by the RU Honors guidelines, per a sliding scale, within the two-year duration (the same minimum overall 3.0 GPA is requirement applies to earn the honors designation).

Advising

Assistant Dean at the Heller College of Business will be the primary advisor for the Finance Honors Track students. Students accepted into the track are also required to see the RU Honors Staff once a semester for brief advising, to ensure their progress toward completing the RU Honors Program.

Tentative Academic Calendar

(From fall 2018 through spring 2022)

  1. Internship requirement can be fulfilled any time over the 2-year period of the program
  2. Professional Development Workshops take place every semester throughout the duration of the Program
  3. Frequency and duration of Experiential Learning Projects will be decided at a later point in time.
Semester Cohort 1: 2018-2019 Cohort 2: 2019-2020 Cohort 3: 2020-2021
  N = 10 N = 20 N = 20
Fall 2018 FIN 311: Principles of Finance – Hons.
Professional development workshops
Bloomberg training
Experiential learning project
Apply for internships
   
Spring 2019 FIN 312: Corporate Finance – Hons.
FIN XXX: Research Methods in Finance – Hons.
Corporate site visit (Spring Break)
Experiential learning project
Professional development workshops
Internships, if applicable
   
Summer 2019 Internship (designated)
Fall 2019 FIN 321: Investments – Hons.
HON 399: Honors Thesis
Professional Development Workshops
Experiential learning project
Internships, if applicable
Submission to conferences, if applicable
FIN 311: Principles of Finance – Hons.
Professional development workshops
Bloomberg training
Experiential learning project
Internships, if applicable
 
Spring 2020 FIN 387: Derivatives – Hons.
Submission of research to conferences
Corporate site visit (Spring Break)
Presentation of Honors Thesis
Submission to conferences
Presentation at conferences
Professional development workshops
Experiential learning project
FIN 312: Corporate Finance – Hons.
FIN XXX: Research Methods in Finance - Hons
Corporate site visit (Spring Break)
Experiential learning project
Professional Development Workshops
Internships, if applicable
 
Summer 2020 Internships (Designated)
Fall 2020   FIN 321: Investments – Hons.
HON 399: Honors Thesis
Professional development workshops
Experiential learning project
Internships, if applicable
Submission to conferences, if applicable
FIN 311: Principles of Finance – Hons.
Professional Development Workshops
Bloomberg training
Experiential learning project
Internships, if applicable

Standard pre-requisites apply for each course unless exception is made by the executive director (in consultation with the department chair)