Finance is an analytical discipline focusing on critical decisions faced by individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. It integrates disciplines drawing on economics as the basis of its theory, accounting as the basis for understanding the information used in the decision making process, and the tools of quantitative analysis for the analytical work. An understanding of financial theory and practice evolves to serve as a basis for either entering a financial position in the work force or continuing with graduate studies.
The finance major begins with the valuation of real and financial assets. An opportunity to focus on specific areas of finance is developed leading to a capstone of applying gained knowledge and skills to reach financial decisions.
Finance graduates are prepared to work in the broad areas of financial institutions and markets, investments, and corporate finance. Titles such as credit analyst, credit manager, treasury analyst, cash manager, capital budgeting analyst, and internal auditor exist in the corporate finance area. Opportunities in the investments area are securities analyst, stock broker, securities trader, currency trader, investment banker, and portfolio manager. Positions in the financial institutions and markets include credit analyst, loan officer, securities analyst, trust officer, branch manager, money desk manager, currency trader, corporate services representative, bank examiner, operations officer, cashier, and internal auditor.
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