Finance is a broad field, and therefore we have tailored three different major programs in order to accommodate the interests and career plans of various students. There is the pure finance major, which provides an excellent background across the range of corporate finance and investment topics, a combined major with the Economics Department that provides increased focus on the dynamics of market forces in the economy, and another combined major with the Accountancy Department that emphasizes the close relation between finance and accountancy in the corporate setting.
Finance is the study of the purchase and sale of assets by individuals and institutions and the methods used to fund these transactions. The markets in which these transactions occur and the pricing of the financial instruments are integral to the study of finance.
Through the Finance degree, you will develop a broad array of analytical skills, attain a thorough understanding of the finance function in different kinds of organizations, and gain a global perspective of the institutions and markets in which finance operates.
Required courses focus on the financial environment of business, the decision-making process of corporations, the key principles underlying the investment process, and the expanding international context of financial analysis, portfolio construction, and trading. You will focus on the applications of information processing technology in financial analysis and risk management.
You also will spend much time outside of the classroom in the Hughey Center for Financial Services, where you will access real-time financial data and witness markets at work
Our Economics-Finance major integrates the disciplines of economics and finance. Each of these disciplines has a natural relationship with the other, making them an outstanding combination within a degree program.
Economics provides the fundamental analytical tools to study business programs and issues. It analyzes the forces which determine the factors of vital importance to business such as employment, inflation, interest rates, investments, business fluctuations, and international economic issues.
Finance examines capital and money markets and provides the tools of analysis to deal with financial charges arising from an ever changing economy.
This major provides a solid grounding in economics and financial institutions and a conceptual framework that can be applied to industry, banking or government. The major is ideally suited for students who wish to enter the financial services field, as it provides a strong base in both economics and financial analysis.
Past graduates have taken positions in both management and financial training programs, banking services, and government. The degree is also an excellent preparation for graduate study. Internship opportunities are available for qualified students.
Our Corporate Finance and Accounting degree is carefully designed to provide you with the skills to begin a successful career in corporate finance, which is closely integrated with the accounting function.
The widespread application of information technology by companies nationally and internationally has dramatically changed the nature of corporate finance. Numerous studies show that professionals have experienced dramatic reductions in the time they spend processing transactions, while giving increased attention to cost and profitability analysis, strategic planning, process improvement and performance evaluation.
Through this major, you will learn how to integrate technology into corporate finance and accounting practices. You also will gain familiarity with enterprise resource planning software — built into several courses — to better understand the integrated IT systems most major national and international companies use to:
- Process transactions
- Prepare statutory and management reports
- Evaluate operations throughout the organization
You will graduate with a solid understanding of finance and accounting concepts and methodologies, advanced course work in communication, and exposure to the information technology systems used by leading corporations.