The Finance program provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of financial theories and the ability to apply analysis of financial markets and operation of financial institutions. Additionally, students are provided with experience designed to equip them with the theoretical tools of investigation and promote critical thinking and analytical skills in business and finance.
Such knowledge will enable students to obtain the necessary skills for career opportunities into one of the following areas:
- Financial Institutions including banks, insurance companies, real estate firms and financial regulatory agencies. To work for financial institutions requires knowledge of money and capital markets, factors affecting interest rates and applicable regulations.
- Corporate Finance and the work ranges from making decisions regarding plant expansions to choosing what types of securities to issue when financing those expansions.
- Careers in Investments includes working for brokerage houses such as Merrill Lynch, as sales person or security analyst; banks, mutual funds, or insurance companies as portfolio analyst; financial consulting firms advising individual investors or pension funds; or financial planner helping individuals develop long-term financial goals.
Finance majors are required to complete 120 credit hours, of which 24 credit hours must be in the field of finance. A grade of "C" or better must be attained in all finance courses presented to fulfill the credit hour requirement in the major. Finance electives in specialized areas are available to advanced students.
The Finance program has concentrations in Risk Management and Insurance and Business Economics. The Risk Management and Insurance concentration consists of four Risk/Insurance courses (12 credit hours) that can be used to satisfy the four elective courses required in the Finance degree curriculum. The Business Economics concentration also consists of four economics courses (12 credit hours) that can be used to substitute the four elective course required in the Finance degree program.