Major Description

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.

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • Pre-College of Business Coursework
    • Composition I requirement (Can be met through RHET 105, CMN 111/112, ESL 111/112, ESL 115, or 32+ for English ACT or 690+ for English SAT)
    • ECON 102—Microeconomics Principles (Can also be met through ACE 100—Agri Cons and Resource Econ)
    • ECON 103—Macroeconomics Principles
    • MATH 234 - Calculus for Business or STAT 100 - Statistics

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

Possible Career Opportunities:

As the study of finance is designed to provide the student with both the theoretical background and the analytic tools required to make effective judgments in finance, many students select careers in business financial management, commercial and investment banking, investments, government finance, insurance, and real estate.

  • Active listening
  • Writing & Speaking skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer skills
  • Mathematics
  • Prepare/organize records
  • Plan & Administer budgets
  • Account Executive
  • Account/Branch Manager
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Credit Advisor
  • Employee Benefits
  • Financial Auditor
  • Financial Planner
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Manager
  • Researcher
  • Sales
  • Stockbroker

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
  • 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.
Further Information:

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.