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center for entrepreneurship economics and finance

Our newly designed Center for Entrepreneurship, Economics & Finance (CEEF) provides introductory and advanced courses for students along with the opportunity to apply foundation concepts to explore and learn real-world critical thinking skills in entrepreneurship, economics and finance. 

Students taking WMA’s Finance courses will learn key financial concepts, investment tools and the foundations to building an investment portfolio, all while increasing their knowledge in financial literacy and global economics.

Entrepreneurship courses teach students how to think and act like entrepreneurs. Through their coursework, they will plan, implement and evaluate real programs including for profit and non-profit organizations.

Students enrolled in CEEF courses will utilize the state-of-the-art Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center, as well as WMA’s computer lab to embark on active research in their journey to understanding the global financial environment. WMA’s showcase facility houses 16 computer stations with monitor displays, two 65-inch LCD monitors, LED dynamic stock ticker and Morningstar™ Financial Data, as well as video conferencing capabilities.


Opportunities through CEEF

Four girls smiling at NASDAQ

"I was able to meet and speak with incredible people who are actually actively involved in the field ... I had a once in a lifetime experience.''

- Beren H. '24, a future global business major at Fordham University, about a Student Investment Seminar class that visited the NASDAQ MarketSite with alumni in New York City.

Leadership and Extracurricular

The Finance, Entrepreneurship & Business Society (FEB) is a student-run organization which promotes financial literacy, business, economics and entrepreneurship among students, faculty and members of WMA and the local community.

Students attending WMA also have opportunities to attend speaker series, visit colleges and university programs and participate in business and finance competitions.

CEEF Diploma Certificate

WMA will award Center for Entrepreneurship, Economics & Finance Certificates to students who successfully complete at least three electives offered by the Department, in addition to participating in at least one Student Investment Seminar class and presentation.


Student Investment Seminar 

(1 credit)
Trimester- Fall and Spring
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Department permission
This is an evening class (6:30 - 8 p.m.) on Thursday

Are you interested in being part of a student-centered investment team that will be accentuated by the proposition of trading stocks with real money and real risk? Working as a team to select a specific stock among the 11 stock sectors is a central component of this credit class that will teach students the skills involved in buying  stocks using a fundamental analysis approach to investing. The culminating experience is an end-of-trimester presentation to an Investment Advisory Committee. Buy recommendations and investment rationale will be presented and defended at the presentation to the committee.

All CEEF Course Descriptions

Meet our CEEF Faculty

Jim Irzyk

Chair, CEEF Department, Faculty (Mathematics, CEEF), Director of Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center, Assistant Coach, Varsity Football

Gayle Hsiao

Faculty (CEEF), Director of International Student Program, Director of Summer Programs