The Department of Finance offers an undergraduate major, the Bachelor of Science in Business, as well a minor for students within four main areas of study. Courses are focused on preparing undergraduates with a solid foundation in the financial field.
Actuarial Science (BSB)
Finance Minor — for students in the College of Business only
Finance Minor — for students with majors in other colleges
Depending on career goals, students can choose their electives in a manner that would emphasize selected fields, including the following:
- Corporate Financial Management: This emphasis prepares students for careers in the financial management area in any type of business or corporation.
- Investment Analysis/Management: This emphasis is for students interested in financial markets, investment banking and portfolio management.
- Banking and Financial Services: This emphasis prepares students for careers in banking and in the financial services industry in general. These include commercial and consumer lending, credit analysis, leasing and personal financial planning.
- Risk Management: This emphasis prepares students for a career in the dynamic field of derivatives and risk management.
Finance majors find practical experience through the department's internship program, which places students at leading firms including:
- Merrill Lynch
- Salomon Smith Barney
- William Blair
- Charles Schwab
- Harris & Associates
- Chicago Mercantile Exchange
- Chicago Board Options Exchange
Many students hold part-time jobs at investment firms, banks, research organizations, as well as at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank and the Chicago Board of Trade.
Students with a minimum GPA of 3.3 may qualify for admission into the Honors Program in Finance. Students admitted to this program are characterized by outstanding academic performance, leadership capability and promise of meaningful professional contributions. Honors students in finance proceed through the program together in a cohort system with peers who have similar exceptional abilities. Courses reserved for honors students are advanced in nature, student-oriented and small. Students in the program are afforded the opportunity to interact with leaders from finance and business communities in small settings.