Economics and Finance

West Chester University

Contact Info
Office: 309C Anderson Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-3331
Email: Department Chair


Mission Statements

West Chester University Business Program

West Chester University provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate business education to students from Pennsylvania and the broader region. The program also provides the business and non-profit community with consulting, continuing education, and other outreach services.

West Chester University Undergraduate Business Program

West Chester University provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate business education to students from Pennsylvania and the broader region. The program also provides the business and non-profit community with consulting, continuing education, and other outreach services.

The undergraduate program offers students the knowledge, skills, and values consistent with success in a dynamic global community. Knowledgeable, accessible faculty members provide student-centered learning experiences. Faculty engage in scholarly activities related to teaching, their field, and/or community issues. The undergraduate degree program provides Pennsylvania businesses and non-profit organizations with employees who are able to:

* Critically analyze a business problem and develop a defensible solution;
* Use quantitative methods and technology to analyze business problems;
* Effectively communicate information of a business nature through written and oral presentation;
* Effectively interact with others as part of a team;
* Demonstrate an understanding of basic business concepts; and
* Understand the importance of ethical decision-making.

B.S. Finance

The Finance program seeks to develop communication skills, problem-solving skills, technological skills, and an understanding of practical and theoretical concepts in finance. Faculty members employ a variety of teaching methods to attain this mission. Graduates of the Finance program should be well prepared for a career in the field of finance or for the pursuit of graduate students in a variety of fields.

Learning objectives for students in the program include:

* Critically analyze an economic or financial issue and develop a clearly supportable position on the issue.

* Use quantitative methods to analyze problems.

* Effectively communicate information of a financial or policy nature through written and oral presentation to business associates, the public, and/or clients.

* Critically analyze complex problems and media communication with an understanding of multiple perspectives and an appreciation for how different assumptions (and biases) lead to different conclusions. Students must recognize their own assumptions, express them clearly, and develop conclusions that reasonably flow from their assumptions.

* Effectively use technology.

* Manage time effectively to produce high quality work while meeting deadlines.

* Behave ethically and accept responsibility for their actions.

* Interact with others, work in a team, and form cooperative relationships to enhance a successful career.

*Understand basic, theoretical, and practical financial concepts in the areas of:
     *International finance
     * Financial markets
     * Investments
     * Corporate finance Policy