Finance

What Is It?:

The field of Finance is primarily concerned with the acquisition and management of funds by business firms, governments, and individuals. A business seeks financial advice when considering the purchase of new equipment, the expansion of present facilities, or the raising of additional funds. Determining the value of financial and real assets and derivatives is a key activity in Finance. Finance is designed to provide students with both the theoretical background and the analytical tools required to make effective judgments in these situations.

For more information, please visit the Department of Finance.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • Pre-College of Business Coursework
    • ECON 102—Microeconomics Principles
    • ECON 103—Macroeconomics Principles
    • MATH Sequence (see website for options)
    • CS 105—Introduction to Computing: Non-Tech

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Corporate and/or Public Finance
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Money Management
  • Investment Banking
  • Analyst
  • Security Sales and Trading

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Account Executive
  • Account/Branch Manager
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Credit Advisor
  • Employee Benefits
  • Financial Auditor
  • Financial Planner
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Manager
  • Researcher
  • Sales
  • Stockbroker

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • ASCEND Student Chapter: Promotes the development of leadership skills in Asian and Pacific Islander students interested in pursing a career in accounting, finance and other business related professions.
    • Personal Finance Club: Works together as an organization to achieve an elevated level of professionalism.

Related Skills:

  • Active listening
  • Writing & Speaking skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer skills
  • Mathematics
  • Prepare/organize records
  • Plan & Administer budgets

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Finance, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Finance.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Finance.  These organizations include American Finance Association and Financial Management Association.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Finance, visit Undergraduate Programs.