An interest area
Banking continues to be a hot topic in the aftermath of the economic downturn, when some fled the profession while others saw opportunity.
At Bryant, you will learn strategies to reduce risk and add value in a world of deregulation, enhanced technology, and globalization. Courses are focused on the real world, and you can run your own bank using the Probanker simulation program utilized by numerous financial institutions. This experience allows you to hit the ground running from your very first day on the job.
The pillars of the banking classes include bank safety and compliance management. Other key topics are credit risk, interest rate risk, and the tools to mitigate those risks.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
Students with experience in banking are prepared to enter a number of fields, including: investments, insurance, and portfolio management, among others.
Banking faculty members include a former federal banking regulator with extensive expertise in bank safety and soundness as well as compliance issues. Faculty have published research in top-tier banking journals. They also help students to apply for jobs in numerous financial service firms and regulatory agencies.
SHINING IN SEATTLE
Ashley Hicks ’12
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
A “Management of Banking Institutions” course with Professor Peter Nigro changed the way Hicks looked at finance. It showed her that the field is more than portfolio management and loan maturities.
Nigro, whom Hicks describes as a “phenomenal” professor, told her about a job opening on the West Coast. She is now an assistant national bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Seattle.
“I am able to use everything I learned in that class in my career,” she says.
COMMITTED TO TEACHING
Peter J. Nigro, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Sarkisian Chair in Financial Services
His use of The Wall Street Journal in the classroom gives Nigro’s students insight into current events. He emphasizes communication and writing skills, often choosing students at random and asks them to explain an article they just read.
“Being able to present yourself in a clear and concise manner is key,” he told Bloomberg Businessweek magazine when he was profiled as one of 20 favorite professors in undergraduate business education.
For more than a decade, Nigro worked as a senior financial economist with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Reporters frequently seek him out as a business and finance expert.