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Finance 

Dr. Dan Fox, Chair
Dauch College of Business & Economics
401 College Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805
Office: Dauch 248
419.289.6331
dfox@ashland.edu

Curriculum

2021-2022 Academic Year
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Asset Mgmt. Track Four-Year Guide
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Corporate Track Four-Year Guide
College of Business and Economics Course Rotation
2020-2021 Academic Year
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Asset Mgmt. Track Four-Year Guide
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Corporate Track Four-Year Guide
College of Business and Economics Course Rotation
2019-2020 Academic Year
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Asset Mgmt. Track Four-Year Guide
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Corporate Track Four-Year Guide
College of Business and Economics Course Rotation
2017-2018 Academic Year
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Asset Mgmt. Track Four-Year Guide
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Corporate Track Four-Year Guide
College of Business and Economics Course Rotation
2016-2017 Academic Year
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Asset Mgmt. Track Four-Year Guide
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Corporate Track Four-Year Guide

Faculty

Dr. Nikita Lopatin
Dr. Nikita Lopatin
Assistant Professor of Finance
247, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.289.5234 / nlopatin@ashland.edu
Dr. Mark Nadler
Dr. Mark Nadler
Associate Professor of Economics, A.L. Garber Family Chair in Economics
208, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.289.5912 / mnadler@ashland.edu
Dr. Dennis Witherspoon
Dr. Dennis Witherspoon
Assistant Professor of Finance
242, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.207.6344 / dwither4@ashland.edu

Dean's Scholarship

Dean’s Scholarship for Finance Majors

The Dean’s Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the finance major in the College of Business and Economics. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 that can be “stacked” on top of other merit awards received. Students also participate in unique opportunities, such as the student-managed investment fund – the Eagle Investment Group, career-related events, attending special lecture series or acting as a COBE scholar ambassador.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum high school or transfer GPA of 3.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years, with participation in the Eagle Investment Group in the fourth year. The Eagle Investment Group experience provides Bloomberg Market Concepts certification, preparation for the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam and investment portfolio management experience that gives graduates an advantage when seeking employment.

Scholarship Sponsor: Dennis R. Witherspoon, Ph.D., CFP® - Assistant Professor of Finance; Director, Eagle Investment Group

Minimum Required High School/Transfer GPA: 3.5

Scholarship Amount: $1,500

Application: Submit a formal application (the link to the application will be in your portal), essay and interview.

Renewal Criteria: AU GPA of 3.0 or higher, maintain a finance major in the College of Business and Economics; senior year students are eligible to be admitted to the Eagle Investment Group course in fall and spring semesters.

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until all scholarships have been awarded. The deadline for priority consideration is March 1, 2022.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Finance 

Dr. Dan Fox, Chair
Dauch College of Business & Economics
401 College Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805
Office: Dauch 248
419.289.6331
dfox@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Curriculum

2021-2022 Academic Year
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Asset Mgmt. Track Four-Year Guide
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Corporate Track Four-Year Guide
College of Business and Economics Course Rotation
2020-2021 Academic Year
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Asset Mgmt. Track Four-Year Guide
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Corporate Track Four-Year Guide
College of Business and Economics Course Rotation
2019-2020 Academic Year
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Asset Mgmt. Track Four-Year Guide
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Corporate Track Four-Year Guide
College of Business and Economics Course Rotation
2017-2018 Academic Year
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Asset Mgmt. Track Four-Year Guide
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Corporate Track Four-Year Guide
College of Business and Economics Course Rotation
2016-2017 Academic Year
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Asset Mgmt. Track Four-Year Guide
B.S.B.A. in Finance - Corporate Track Four-Year Guide

Faculty

Faculty

Dr. Nikita Lopatin
Dr. Nikita Lopatin
Assistant Professor of Finance
247, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.289.5234 / nlopatin@ashland.edu
Dr. Mark Nadler
Dr. Mark Nadler
Associate Professor of Economics, A.L. Garber Family Chair in Economics
208, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.289.5912 / mnadler@ashland.edu
Dr. Dennis Witherspoon
Dr. Dennis Witherspoon
Assistant Professor of Finance
242, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.207.6344 / dwither4@ashland.edu

Dean's Scholarship

Dean's Scholarship

Dean’s Scholarship for Finance Majors

The Dean’s Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the finance major in the College of Business and Economics. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 that can be “stacked” on top of other merit awards received. Students also participate in unique opportunities, such as the student-managed investment fund – the Eagle Investment Group, career-related events, attending special lecture series or acting as a COBE scholar ambassador.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum high school or transfer GPA of 3.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years, with participation in the Eagle Investment Group in the fourth year. The Eagle Investment Group experience provides Bloomberg Market Concepts certification, preparation for the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam and investment portfolio management experience that gives graduates an advantage when seeking employment.

Scholarship Sponsor: Dennis R. Witherspoon, Ph.D., CFP® - Assistant Professor of Finance; Director, Eagle Investment Group

Minimum Required High School/Transfer GPA: 3.5

Scholarship Amount: $1,500

Application: Submit a formal application (the link to the application will be in your portal), essay and interview.

Renewal Criteria: AU GPA of 3.0 or higher, maintain a finance major in the College of Business and Economics; senior year students are eligible to be admitted to the Eagle Investment Group course in fall and spring semesters.

Application Deadline: The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until all scholarships have been awarded. The deadline for priority consideration is March 1, 2022.

Finance Program
Furthering Your Financial Future

Are you an analytical problem solver, deep thinker, quick learner, or forward-thinking individual? Ashland University’s Finance program might be for you.

  • The College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, ensuring high-quality academic outcomes.
  • According to the Education Advisory Board, recent employer demand for finance graduates grew faster than demand for all bachelors’ degrees overall. Financial manager positions are projected to grow 11.67% in Ohio and 15.08% in the U.S. through 2031.
  • AU's finance program teaches skills that are priorities for employers, such as auditing, analytical skills, investments, risk management and corporate finance.
  • Participation in the Eagle Investment Group provides actual investment experience and Bloomberg Market Concepts certification.
  • Prepares students to take the CFA, CFP and FINRA exams after graduation

What to Expect in the Finance Program

Majoring in finance at Ashland University prepares you for a career in finance by giving you the opportunity to develop the money management and leadership skills you need to succeed in the business world. How? Specialized programs like the Eagle Investment Group and on-campus trading room give you the opportunity to invest and manage real money in real markets.

Finance Program Benefits:

In this program, you will:

  • Gain real-world experience by managing $1.4 million in endowment in the Eagle Investment Group
  • Learn in small class sizes with individualized attention
  • Study a wide range of critical topics to prepare you for your future, including corporate and global finance, security analysis, and investment portfolio management
  • Hone your teamwork skills and build close relationships with faculty and fellow finance majors in ways that will extend past the classroom

Core Curriculum

The Finance program at Ashland University allows you to choose from two different content tracks depending on your specific career goals:

  • Asset management. This track is made for students seeking a career in financial planning or a related field. It includes prerequisite knowledge and learning outcomes relating to the CFP® designations and will prepare you for NASD securities exams.
  • Corporate finance. This track prepares you to evaluate and provide strategic leadership and projections to companies.

Sample classes include:

  • Principles of Investment. Learn to analyze investments in financial assets, both in an individual and a portfolio context, including the characteristics and evaluation of specific investment vehicles.
  • Global Finance. Study the global environment with emphasis on business operations, including multinational finance, foreign exchange risk management and the financing of foreign operations.
  • Business Law II. Discover legal principles, including the Uniform Commercial Code, labor and other employment law, consumer protection, product liability and administrative agency law.

Student Involvement

Finance Career Outlook

Average Career Salary

$45,000 - $119,000

Anticipated Career Growth

Exceeds 20 percent through 2020

Career Opportunities

  • Appraiser
  • Bond Manager
  • Business Credit/Loan Specialist
  • Commodities Trader
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Economist
  • Hedge Fund Analyst/Manager
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Investment Advisor
  • Management Broker
  • Pension Fund Manager
  • Personal Banker
  • Portfolio Analyst/Manager
  • Real Estate Developer
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