The Bachelor of Science in Finance programme is intended to address the needs of Guyana by creating a new group of graduates who (1) understand the evolving nature of finance in a global marketplace, (2) understand the need for accountability and compliance in a globally connected financial system; (3) can identify and adopt the appropriate tools to address issues of financing options; and (4) can provide sound financial advice to individual, public, and private sector clients. The programme is unique in a number of ways. One unique feature of the programme is its emphasis on a strong general/liberal arts education. This focus is intended to help these students to see the link between other areas of study and overall success in the private, public, and non-governmental sectors. Another feature is the focus on practical experiences. Through internships, students will not only employ many of the tools used in their classes, but will also get a better understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. In essence, our students will begin to see the adjustments needed to manage organizations efficiently and effectively, using tools and methodologies that cannot be acquired in the classroom. These students will gather practical exposure to the issues confronting business entities.
Finance majors will also be permitted to seek either a second major or minor while enrolled in this programme. For those interested in a second major, they must first meet the requirements of the other programme. If that other programme is within the School of Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation, the students will be required to take the major courses in the other area, as well as any necessary prerequisites not covered by the finance major. For example, a student with a double major in Finance and Entrepreneurship will be required to complete all requirements for the Finance major as well as the major courses for the Entrepreneurship programme and the necessary prerequisites. Classes completed as core courses for one major which are also required for the other major do not have to be repeated. Hence, a student double majoring in Finance& Entrepreneurship will be required to complete 18 additional credits, as one practicum will be double counted. Students seeking a double major outside of SEBI MUST apply to the other faculty for permission and meet all the requirements of that programme.
Students may also pursue a minor. Students minoring within SEBI will be required to complete 9 additional credits in the minor area, not including any prerequisites. Students minoring outside of SEBI, MUST apply to the other faculty for permission and meet all the requirements of that programme.
The duration of the programme is Four Years (eight semesters).
This programme has four goals in mind:
1. Provide students with the technical and professional knowledge needed for entry-level positions in all areas of finance.
2. Develop and enhance the skills needed for success in finance careers.
3. Provide students with exposure to global, political, social, legal, regulatory, ethical and environmental issues as they relate to finance.
4. Offer a well-rounded business education and financing foundation sufficient for future career growth and further educational development.
The objectives of the Finance program are to:
1. Provide students with a broad functional knowledge of basic theory and practice of finance.
2. Provide students with an understanding of the global financial environment, its markets, regulatory bodies, and how they affect financing decisions.
3. Employ experiential learning tools to demonstrate the ethical and social responsibilities of different financial transactions, in an environment where new and unique financing tools are being developed.
4. Graduate students in finance with a thoroughly knowledge of the field and a sense of social and ethical responsibility.