Department Chair

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



The Department of Finance is dedicated to teaching our 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, we provide our students with the educational framework necessary to become well-rounded, ethical, and innovative thinkers. 

What Does it Mean to Major in Finance?

Majoring in Finance is a process, which gives graduates an understanding of the financial environment, provides skills, knowledge, and wisdom to solve real problems in the financial community, and prepares students to make and implement realistic financial decisions

The Advantages of Majoring in Finance at Siena

At Siena, Finance students take a strong liberal arts curriculum and a series of quantitative and accounting prerequisite courses as a foundation for their ten Finance course major. This allows us to provide students with highly specialized electives, as a bridge to professional careers. In addition, through integrating the use of the Hickey Financial Center into our curriculum, we provide students access to and experience with many of the data sources they will utilize in their careers.  

Occupations that Finance Majors Enter

Through a strong curriculum that includes both Finance and Accounting courses, a student through focusing their electives would be prepared to enter a wide range of employment opportunities within the following areas:

  • Corporate Finance - Working in the areas of Financial Analysis & Reporting, Corporate Financial & Tax Planning, Credit Management, General Accounting & Auditing, Cash Control & Risk Management, Capital Budgeting, etc.
  • Securities Industry - Working in the areas of Securities & Portfolio Analyst, Securities Brokers, Pension Fund Management, Investor Relations, Portfolio Manager, Hedge Fund Management, etc.
  • Banking and Financial Institutions - Working in the areas of Bank Management and Control, Lending, Marketing, Credit Policy, Financial Analysis, Trusts, Customer Services, etc.
  • Real Estate and Insurance - Working in Corporate and RetailRisk Management, Mortgage Analysis, Underwriting, Appraisal, Brokers and Agents, etc.

In addition, a strong grounding in Finance prepares students for success in Graduate School as well as many other careers.

Hickey Financial Technology Center

With the resources available in the HFTC, faculty are able to augment traditional classroom lecture with hands-on activities designed to merge both the theoretical and practical aspects of finance and accounting. Simulations using real or fictitious stocks and bonds as well as hands on projects and exercises help enrich the learning experience and give our students the valuable skills necessary for today’s job market.