Finance is the study of money and asset management, which can be broadly grouped into different fields such as corporate finance, asset valuation, personal finance, banking, and international finance. A finance major will learn essential skills that can also be applied across disciplines. The two most important skills are analytical thinking and computational skills. A finance major can choose to focus on modeling skills with a Financial Analysis concentration or to improve programming skills with a Financial Technology concentration.
The B.S. in Finance has 30 credit hours of free electives, giving finance majors the flexibility to easily add a minor, concentration or double major. A finance major will also have opportunities to practice solving real-world problems through activities outside of the classroom such as the CFA Research Challenge and the Southeastern Hedge Fund Competition.
Job prospects for careers in finance are quite promising. Based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), about 41,000 openings for financial analysts are projected each year over the decade (2020-2030) with a median annual pay (2021) of $81,410. Our students intern and work with established firms such as Goldman Sachs, Truist, NCR, and Invesco.
The finance program also prepares students for graduate school. Our scholarly-active professors are ready to mentor undergraduate research with students and help guide them on a path to academic and career success.