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Financial & Investor Communications Emphasis

Financial communications is one of the fastest-growing communications specializations.

The Newhouse School’s Financial and Investor Communications Emphasis prepares students for communications careers in the financial sector, including financial services, investor relations or corporate communications. Through specialized coursework and experience, students learn how to effectively communicate the valuation, business and financial story of a company to members of the Wall Street community, including the news media, financial analysts and shareholders.

The program is open to all Newhouse students who have declared a dual major or minor in finance in the Whitman School of Management. Students majoring in public relations, broadcast and digital journalism, magazine or newspaper and online journalism are particularly well-suited for the program.

The program is also open to Whitman School students wishing to take public relations or journalism courses in the Newhouse School, and students from the College of Arts and Sciences who are majoring in economics, mathematics or related fields and who have taken at least one public relations or journalism course. Graduate students who have taken finance or economic courses at the undergraduate level may also be eligible.


  • Complete a major or minor in finance, economics, mathematics or related fields
  • Complete PRL 206 Public Relations Principles and Concepts; NEW 205 News Writing; and BDJ 200/NEW 200 or BDJ 204 News in a Multimedia World
  • Participate in the Financial Communications Benchmark Trip to New York City, or spend a semester in the city through the Newhouse in New York program and participate in coordinated visits to financial services-related corporations
  • Complete an internship in financial communications or investor relations
  • Complete an e-portfolio related to financial communications

Select three additional electives from the following list:

  • PRL 530 Special Topics in Public Relations: Financial Communications (1-3 credits) 

  • PRL 530 Special Topics in Public Relations: Investor Relations (1-3 credits) 

  • PRL 530 Special Topics in Public Relations: Writing for Financial Communications (1-3 

  • PRL 530 Special Topics in Public Relations: Corporate Communications (1-3 credits) 

  • NEW 530 Topics in Specialized Reporting: (Financial/Business Journalism)
  • BDJ 500 Selected Topics (Financial/Business Journalism)
  • BDJ 510 Topics in Specialized Practices (Financial/Business Journalism)
  • BDJ 530 Topics in Specialized Reporting II (Financial/Business Journalism)

For more information about the emphasis or to pre-register, contact Anthony D'Angelo or email your name, year and major to nhfice@syr.edu.