Department Chair

  • James P. Murtagh
    Associate Professor of Finance
    Colbeth Hall 216
    (518) 782-6776

Mission and Learning Goals

Our Mission

The Department of Finance is dedicated to teaching students the nature and practice of financial decision making. The curriculum and methods of instruction are designed to develop the student's ability to identify financial problems, analyze their impact, and design solutions  which will withstand critical examination. To accomplish this, the student is provided with the educational framework necessary to become well-rounded, ethical, and innovative thinkers. This prepares students for fulfilling and successful careers in finance and provides the necessary academic foundations for graduate studies.


Learning Goals

In addition to achieving each of the School of Business’ Learning Goals, each Finance major will attain the following outcomes:

Problem solving: Identify financial problems, analyze their impact, and design solutions that will withstand critical examination within the areas of Investments, International Finance, and Corporate Finance.

Communication: Communicate clearly and effectively in written and oral form.

Moral Consideration: Recognize ethical issues and evaluate the ethical implications of their recommendations.

Specialized Knowledge: will attain specialized training through their selection of finance electives.