Finance Major

Finance graduates have many career choices

Careers in Finance allow graduates to choose which of today's market sectors will define tomorrow's economies. Every decision a company makes has financial implications that directly or indirectly involve banks, financial institutions and securities markets. An institution's capital is only valuable when it is effectively managed—regardless of how much capital there is. This realm of finance analyzes valuation, incorporating risk as it applies to both certainty and uncertainty—ultimately making every venture less of an adventure. Students will learn how corporate decisions involve, for example, capital structure choices and payout policies, and the effects of market imperfections on such decisions. Training in this area will prepare students for fast-paced careers in corporate finance. An entry-level position might be as a financial analyst in a corporate controller’s office or as a chartered financial analyst. Promotions could lead to capital budgeting manager, controller, chief financial officer or even chief executive officer. This career path is for cautious-minded, forward-thinking students.

At the same time, we understand that for some students, domestic markets and ventures aren't enough. Therefore, we offer International Finance for students serious about finance but drawn to how the world does business. Studying International Finance gives students a useful institutional background to pursue a career within the international financial markets, to prepare for research-oriented jobs in government agencies and international organizations. International Finance is for students with a broad interest in global investing. 

Investments grow with their investors. Classes in Investments and Portfolio Management equip students to succeed in investment management, which includes financial-statement analysis, debt securities, equity securities, derivative instruments, portfolio management and financial risk management. Large financial services firms such as commercial banks, investment banks, and large funds like state retirement systems and mutual fund families, continue to need well-equipped professionals to meet their management needs. The financial derivatives area, now over $500 trillion in size, is also labor-intensive and requires professionals with quantitative skills.

A major in finance can prepare you for careers in:

  • finance analysis

  • investment banking

  • corporate finance

  • general management

  • retail financial services

  • banker

Learn about our other majors: Accounting • General Business • Information Systems • Management • Marketing


This page was last updated on: July 19, 2017