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Finance Concentration - Business Administration Major

Finance is about more than managing a company’s assets. It’s about securing an organization’s financial health. Grand View's B.S. in Business Administration Major - Finance Concentration prepares students for a variety of finance positions in the public and private sectors. You’ll gain experience through hands-on activities both inside and outside the classroom to help you connect finance theory to the real world and find the right place to use your skills. Among the many topics you’ll study are global finance, investments theory, macroeconomics, portfolio management, and budgeting. With this knowledge, you’ll be prepared to solve finance-related business problems for a wide variety of organizations.

Finance is a growing field! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, finance positions are growing faster than the average for employment in the United States. Using a blend of intermediate finance and investments, this concentration incorporates some flexibility so students are able to tailor their program to the wide variety of career opportunities.

Finance may be the right career for you if you enjoy problem solving, have a strict attention to detail, or find that you enjoy watching the stock market and making predictions about investments. Finance students will need to have strong math skills and be able to work with complex data sets.

Why Grand View?

  • Personal attention from faculty with real world business experience and expertise
  • Powerful internship program to gain real world experience
  • Rigorous academic preparation
  • Ability to customize your degree to fit your career goals
  • Available completely online!
Career Options

Many job opportunities exist for finance degree holders. Possible job titles include:

  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investor Relations Associate
  • Budget Analyst
  • Actuary
  • Credit Analyst
  • Attorney
  • Business Teacher

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS MAJOR?

Course Requirements

Prerequisites

These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major.

ACCT 211 Financial Accounting 3 credits
BSAD 145 Fundamentals of Information Systems 3 credits
ECON 101 Principles of Macro Economics 3 credits
MATH 116 Finite Mathematics 3 credits

Requirements (48 credits)

ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting 3 credits
BSAD 310 Principles of Management 3 credits
BSAD 311 Operations Management 3 credits
BSAD 315 Marketing 3 credits
BSAD 340 Business Law I 3 credits
BSAD 352 Corporate Finance 3 credits
BSAD 399 Internship 3 credits
BSAD 450 Business Capstone Seminar 3 credits
ECON 102 Principles of Micro Economics 3 credits
ENGL 309 Writing for Business 3 credits
STAT 241
or
BSAD 239
Principles of Statistics
or
Statistics for Social Sciences
4 credits
or
3 credits

Finance Concentration (15 hours)

BSAD 420 Investments 3 credits
BSAD 422 Intermediate Corporate Finance 3 credits

3 Courses From the Following

ACCT 411 Income Tax 3 credits
BSAD 252 Introduction to Personal Finance 3 credits
BSAD 341 Business Law II 3 credits
BSAD 350 Insurance and Risk Management 3 credits
BSAD 378 Real Estate Finance 3 credits
BSAD 418 Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation 3 credits
BSAD 426 Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investments 3 credits
ECON 315 Money, Banking and Financial Markets 3 credits
ECON 415 International Finance 3 credits
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Krumm Business Center

Named after college benefactor and former Maytag CEO, Daniel J. Krumm, this academic building houses general-purpose classrooms for business students, a large lecture hall, computer lab for all students, and faculty/staff offices.The university's information technology department is also based out of the Krumm Center.

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Is Finance Right for Me?

Finance is an exciting major with plenty of career opportunities. Contrary to popular belief, it’s also a major that requires both analytical skills and a healthy dose of creativity. Above all, it will help you develop multiple skill sets at once, offering you a great chance of success in several industries after graduation.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding if a finance major is right for you:

  • Am I interested in math and statistics?
  • Am I a creative problem-solver who is able to overcome challenges by coming up with innovative solutions?
  • Am I interested in figuring out how to help companies increase their revenue?
  • Am I a good communicator who is able to express my ideas clearly and effectively?

If you responded “Yes” to all of the above, then being a finance major might just be for you.

What do Finance Majors Earn?

The salaries of finance majors vary widely depending on the careers you choose to pursue. While accountants earn an average salary of $63,000 per year, management consultants earn an average of $86,000 and investment bankers can earn upwards of $250,000. 

It is important to note that industry and years of experience are factors that will impact salary. This should give you confidence in your future earning potential as you progress within your career.

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