Economics & Finance

Economics & Finance

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Finance Major

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Finance is broadly defined as the art and science of making decisions involving money in a variety of contexts.  People study Finance to learn how to allocate their scarce resources over time under conditions of uncertainty in the context of the financial system (i.e., financial markets and institutions) as well as economic organizations (i.e., corporations and governments) with the goal of wealth maximization.  Not only is finance exciting and challenging, it continues to evolve at a dizzying pace.  The Finance major provides the student with a broad background covering the areas of corporate finance, international finance, investments, and financial markets/institutions.  Students in the finance major prepare for careers in corporate treasury functions and in a variety of financial services firms including commercial banks, securities firms, investment bankers, money management firms, insurance companies, real estate companies, financial planners, etc as well as graduate programs in business.  Finance majors are employed by organizations of various size and focus including regional, national and multinational enterprises as well as nonprofit and government agencies.

In addition to the major in Finance, for student who desire to focus in a specialization area in Finance, the department offers three alternative specialization tracks including Financial PlanningInvestments and Corporate Finance.

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