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Majors & Minors

The Department of Finance offers the Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) degree as well as a minor for students within four main areas of study. Courses are focused on preparing undergraduates with a solid foundation in the finance field.

Actuarial Science (BSB)

Students who are interested in applied mathematics and statistics in a business context should consider the major in Actuarial Science.  Employers are seeking Actuarial Science students who have completed at least two certification exams as evidence of preparation for top internship opportunities.  The Actuarial Science program at DePaul University will prepare you to achieve at that level. 

Students who may be interested in majoring in Actuarial Science should prepare for the major by taking MAT 150 Calculus I, 151 Calculus II and 152 Calculus III in the freshman year.  

Students interested in pursuing a major in Actuarial Science should seek advice from the faculty of the finance department in addition to the academic advising offered by professional staff of the college.  Please visit us in DePaul Center Suite 5500 to discuss your plans and review opportunities.

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Finance (BSB)

Students who are interested in money management, financial services and corporate finance should consider the Finance major.  Employers are seeking students for internship opportunities as early as the sophomore year.  To be prepared for the many professional and academic opportunities in the field of finance, majors should prepare for enrollment in FIN 310 Introduction to Finance at the earliest opportunity.  

We recommend that students take FIN 310 Introduction to Finance and FIN 250 Career Exploration & Professional Development early in the sophomore year, preferably in the fall.  Students should then take FIN 311 Corporate Finance and ACC 304 Financial Reporting I in the next subsequent term.  In the third term in sequence students should take FIN 333 Financial Statement Analysis.  Regardless of the term in which students start FIN 310, those who follow this sequence will be best positioned for success.

The table below shows the optimal course sequence for starting the finance major.  Students who are able to accomplish this sequence in the sophomore year will be best prepared for all of the opportunities that will become available.

First Term in Sequence Second Term in Sequence Third Term in Sequence
FIN 310 Introduction to Finance FIN 311 Corporate Finance FIN 333 Finance Statement Analysis
FIN 250 Career Exploration & Professional Development ACC 304 Financial Reporting I

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Finance Honors Program

Students with a minimum GPA of 3.3 may qualify for admission to 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.

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Students interested in pursuing a major in finance should seek advice from faculty of the Finance Department in addition to the academic advising offered by professional staff of the college.  Please visit us in DePaul Center Suite 5500 to discuss your plans and review opportunities.

Finance Minors

The Department of Finance offers a finance minor for students who wish to round on their course of study and gain an in-depth understanding of the field. Minors are offered for both business students and non-business students.

Internship Program

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.