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Engler College of Business
Finance
  • B.B.A. - Finance
  • Finance Minor
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The new economy has brought with it the need for professionals who understand all of the nuances of corporate finance. In an extremely volatile economic environment, along with social demands for ethical decision making and sustainability, corporations have never had so many demands placed on them for responsible fiscal management.

And that’s why the job market for finance graduates is so strong. Balancing all of these demands is no small task, and those who choose this path will be called upon to demonstrate their command of mathematics, statistical analysis, and technology, all the while doing so in an ethically responsible way. Critical thinking, say hello to problem solving skills.

Along the way, you’ll be immersed in the fundamentals, including cash flows, capital budgeting, cost of capital, investments, business valuation, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, and payout policies. It’s no small task, but these are the demands place upon modern financiers.

At the international level, you’ll learn about how monetary and macroeconomic policy affect corporate relations, along with exchange rates, foreign direct investment, balance of payments, and all the other factors you hear on the evening news. Blend in political differences and the prospects for global conflict, and the need for competent financial analysts has never been higher.

Because this isn’t your grandfather’s economy anymore. It takes special people with special skills to captain this ship, and our finance major will prepare you to take the helm.

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B.B.A. - Finance

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MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (2021-2022 Academic Catalog)
  • FIN 4311 - Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • FIN 4320 - Investments
  • FIN 4323 - International Finance
  • FIN 4326 - Financial Management, FIN 4365 - Case Studies in Financial Planning, or FIN 4370 - Health Care Finance
  • 12 Hours of FIN Advanced Electives
  • 6 Hours of Accounting, Economics, or Finance Advanced Electives
For more details about courses required for this degree see the Advising Services Degree Checklist Page.
Finance Minor

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MINOR REQUIREMENTS
  • FIN Elective
  • FIN Elective
  • FIN Elective
  • FIN Advanced Elective
  • FIN Advanced Elective
  • FIN Advanced Elective

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Corporate and Public Finance
  • Cash and credit management
  • Budget analysis
  • Investment management
  • Investor relations
  • Financial reporting
  • Mergers and acquisitions
Banking
  • Credit analysis
  • Commercial and industrial lending
  • Trust and private wealth management
  • Bank operations
  • Cash management
Insurance
  • Sales
  • Claims analysis
  • Underwriting
  • Risk management
  • Customer Service
Personal Financial Planning
  • Sales
  • Financial advising
  • Insurance advising
  • Portfolio management
  • Customer Service
Real Estate
  • Residential brokerage
  • Commercial sales appraisals
  • Property management
  • Real estate portfolio management
Money Management
  • Research bonds and equities
  • Derivatives analysis
  • Tax analysis
  • Trading
  • Business valuation

For more information about Finance Careers and Salaries, visit http://wtamu.myplan.com.

PROGRAM COSTS

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BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

The Accounting and Finance Association is a club that supports networking and career exploration for careers in the accounting and finance professions.

Through the Student-Managed Investment Fund, finance majors explore applied investing. Students manage a portfolio of funds and decide on stocks to purchase and sell with a goal of long-term growth. They learn investment fundamentals, valuation techniques, and technical analysis. All finance majors explore one or more investment opportunities, which are forwarded to the student portfolio managers for consideration. Portfolio managers attempt to meet the dual objectives of increasing the long-run value of the portfolio combined with the short-run objective of providing student scholarships. Portfolio managers attend the annual Hodges Investment Forum in Dallas, Texas

Enactus is a student organization in the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business. Enactus uses a business mindset and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living of people in need and help businesses achieve profitability.

As an AACSB accredited business school, the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business is eligible to pursue Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honors Society for Business students) and Beta Alpha Psi (International Honors Society for Financial Information Professionals with degrees in accounting, finance, or computer information systems).

The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business supports an annual summer study abroad trip, which focuses on business and cross-cultural issues. Locations include Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Cananda.

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