Finance is the cornerstone of the enterprise system and is vitally important to the economic health of business firms and non-profit institutions. Finance is concerned with maximizing the value of the firm through the effective application of economic principles. This dynamic field is characterized by continuous change in response to shifts in economic conditions making the study of finance stimulating and challenging. Students learn to develop, analyze and interpret financial statements, learn to invest in financial assets and learn to create and evaluate plans to achieve long-term financial success. The finance major is comprised of courses in economics, accounting, finance and quantitative methods. A finance major may find employment in financial institutions or in financial management departments of non-financial institutions, in corporations or non-profits, as financial analysts or in other investment-related activities. The proximity of Manhattanville College to leading financial institutions and corporate headquarters offering a wide range of internships and employment opportunities makes this major particularly attractive.