Major in Business Economics and Finance

Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Business and Justice Studies

Business Economics and Finance Major


Utica College's business and economics and finance faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their scholarly accomplishments as well as for their real-world business experience. Collectively they represent a wide range of expertise and research interests, including health care financing, public school aid formulas, banking, and managing change.

At the same time, at Utica College, teaching is the faculty's first priority. Small classes provide opportunities for close interaction between and among faculty and students, and the relationships students form with their professors often last a lifetime.

The overwhelming majority of faculty are doctorally trained; several additionally hold an M.B.A. Faculty regularly share their expertise by serving as members of professional organizations, presenting at scholarly conferences, and consulting with local businesses and government agencies. These connections help faculty develop internship opportunities for students, and also serve as networking resources for UC graduates seeking employment.

The faculty's scholarly accomplishments, professional experiences, and academic credentials combine to provide students majoring in business and economics programs with a dynamic and fulfilling learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.

Dr. Zhaodan Huang , Ph.D.

Professor of Finance

Associate Professor of Finance
Phone: (315) 792-3247
Office: 181 Genesee Street, Suite 504


Zhaodan Huang, Professor of Finance and Director of Research, faculty advisor to the Utica College Investment Club, received his Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. He also earned the CFA designation in 2012. He finished his undergraduate education from Renmin University of China in 1997, and received his MA in economics from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. His research interests are in the areas of investments, asset pricing, and emerging financial markets. His latest working paper is one of the semifinalists to compete for the best paper award by the Financial Management Association 2017 Annual Conference. He received the Best Paper Award from Journal of Financial Research in 2012 and the AAII Best Paper Award from the Southwestern Finance Association 2004 Annual Conference. He has been published in the Journal of Banking & Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Quarterly Review of Economics & Finance, Journal of Economics & Business, and Global Economy Journal. He also served as referee for numerous academic journals, including Journal of Financial Research and Journal of Banking and Finance. His teaching interests include Corporate Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, and Investments.

His recent working papers are:

  • Fenner, Rick, Yufeng Han, and Zhaodan Huang, 2017, “Idiosyncratic Risk Shock, Behavior Bias, and Cross-sectional Stock Returns.”
  • Han, Yufeng and Zhaodan Huang, 2017, “The Long Term Implication of Liquidity Shocks and the Business Fundamentals”.


Richard G. Fenner, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business & Justice Studies
181 Genesee Street
Suite 115A

(315) 792-3112
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