School of Business
Finance - Major

Professional focus
In virtually every business, from the bank to the boardroom, financial skills are in demand. The School of Business finance major emphasizes fundamental accounting and finance concepts, theories, and practice to promote well-informed financial decision-making. Outside of the core business and liberal arts core classes, the major has a set of core courses that every finance student must take including:

  • ACCT 361 Financial Accounting II
  • BUSI 205 Student Managed Investment Fund
  • BUSI 206 Student Managed Investment Fund Lab
  • FIN 306 SMIF Advanced Lab
  • FIN 310 Personal Financial Planning
  • FIN 454 Security Analysis
  • FIN 455 Business Financial Decisions
  • FIN 458 International Financial Management
  • FIN 460 Seminar In Finance
  • ECON 331 Money & Banking

Real-world experience
A unique feature of the finance major is participation in a Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) which provides students with the real-world experience they need to build a successful career.

Exceptional environment
Both inside and outside the classroom, the School of Business provides an enriched learning experience. Thanks to the generosity of AU trustee Jeffery Maurer and his wife Wendy, a stock trading room was added to the Franklin W. Olin Building. The room includes tote boards, financial news displays, and a commodity exchange quote board that allows quick, easy access to electronic source of financial and investment data. Students can also

  • Use the latest software.
  • Attend professional meetings.
  • Meet with financial professionals.
  • Take advantage of leadership opportunities.
  • Participate in study tours.
  • Work with clients.

Student success
Students in the University's finance program are actively sought by corporate recruiters who know they have been well prepared for the world of contemporary finance. Our graduates can

  • Use of the language of finance, both in written and oral form, based on knowledge and understanding of finance theory and practice.
  • Think critically and develop a logical ordered approach to business and financial problem solving.
  • Apply financial analysis to a wide range of personal and business finance issues.
  • Transition into the workforce or further their professional education.
  • Evaluate personal and business financial decisions within the context of ethical and moral principles.

Interested in becoming an finance major? Check out our major form and meet with your advisor today!

Have an interest in finance but not for a major? Make it your minor!