Department of Finance and Financial Services

Bachelor of Science in Business, Financial Services Major

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Why Choose Financial Services?

A financial services degree will give you the analytical skills needed to deliver advice and financial products to individuals and institutions. Our curriculum gives you a strong foundation in all aspects of personal financial management and is designed to meet the growing need for graduates who are knowledgeable in all relevant areas.

The financial services program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board and nearly every graduate of the program is placed in an appropriate internship or job opportunity after graduation.

Careers

Organizations and companies of all sizes and industries employ financial services professionals, making our graduates in demand in a variety of industries and jobs. You will find that finance professionals are in demand as individuals and institutions navigate a constantly changing financial market. If you graduate from this program, you will be eligible to sit for the comprehensive Certified Financial Planner (CFP)® examination. Our students pass the comprehensive CFP® exam with a long run 75 percent pass rate well above the national average. 

Our graduates work as:

  • Financial planner
  • Stockbroker
  • Insurance agent
  • Real estate broker
  • Loan officer
  • Trust officer

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Real World Experience

In your financial services coursework, you will learn from qualified professionals who are active in financial services issues and work on projects that allow you to apply theoretical concepts to real-world situations. Our investing class allows students to manage a real portfolio worth $1.2 million in our award-winning Soin Trading Center. Qualified finance and financial services majors can gain real-world experience through an internship or cooperative education experience, and through a capstone course where you develop a comprehensive financial plan for an individual or business. Internships are one-time work arrangement that gives you a chance to put your classroom knowledge to work in a business setting while cooperative education experiences allow you to alternate periods of work and school—both give you experience that will help you in your career goals. Contact the Department of Finance and Financial Services for more information.

Our finance club is active and hosts guest speakers, field trips to Chicago and New York City, and networking opportunities with employers and alumni. Our Leading Innovation in Finance Today and Tomorrow (LIFT2) symposium brings experts to discuss the most pressing issues in the world of finance and financial services today.

Academics and Curriculum

View Bachelor of Science in Business, Financial Services program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the University Catalog. View business core course requirements.

Admission

Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify whether you will be majoring in financial services.

If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major.  If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in financial services.

Program Outcomes

If you complete the program, you will graduate with a Bachelor in Business with a major in financial services. Core coursework focuses on all areas of personal financial management, including investments, insurance, tax planning, retirement planning, real estate, estate planning, and personal financial planning. If you complete the financial services major and the relevant elective classes, you will be eligible to sit for the CFP exam.

 


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