The finance major offers four (2) finance related concentrations. The finance major includes a core of courses that covers all aspects of the theory and practice of financial management and investments. Following this core, students can select from two concentrations: investments and business analytics.
For students selecting an investments concentration, the curriculum includes a concentration in more investments specific courses like quantitative finance, fintech, fixed income securities analysis, and the analysis of corporate financial information. This concentration closely mirrors the candidate body of knowledge (CBOK) required to prepare for the Chartered Financial Analysts exams and is part of the University Affiliation Program of the CFA Institute ® for containing more than 70% of the requisite body of knowledge. Graduates pursuing this concentration can look forward to various positions in investment management including: securities analyst, portfolio management, relationship manager, trust officer among others.
For students selecting a concentration in business analytics, the curriculum includes a general finance curriculum including financial management, investing, international finance, and accounting courses in addition to courses in business analytics that include: Introduction to Quantitative Finance, Econometrics, Forecasting, Introduction to Business Data, Data Visualization for Business and other data analytics courses. Students with this concentration could look forward to jobs such as: data analyst, credit analyst, research analyst or perhaps quantitative securities trader.
There is a general finance path for the student who would like to design their own finance concentration and students should work with the department to discuss this possibility.
Students with an interest in both finance and accounting may wish to consider a dual major in finance and accounting. Interested students should contact an academic advisor.
Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify whether you will be majoring in finance.
If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in finance.
Program Learning Outcomes
LO1. Apply fundamental concepts, theories, and analytical techniques of financial management, investments.
LO2. Exhibit critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills in the field of finance
LO3. Exhibit effective oral and written communication skills
LO4. Understand and effectively apply various financial computer applications to decision-making.
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