Finance majors learn about managing an organization’s financial resources and capital structure, the functioning of capital markets and financial instruments and banking. Finance graduates find job opportunities in corporations, the investment and securities business, banks and other financial institutions. Students learn about: security analysis and valuation, security trading, government policy and financial markets, financial forecasting, capital structure, financial risk management, venture capital, security issuance and international finance.

A significant part of the coursework teaches you to understand risk and uncertainty, both at an intuitive level and at a technical level. More importantly, you learn to construct models of financial decisions, e.g. an investor’s portfolio choice problem, the issuance of securities by corporations and the structure of financial investments by banks.

Explore Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an excellent way to gain international experience that enhances your business education. Many students also consider a summer program or a short program embedded in a course. Students are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad section to learn more about study abroad opportunities and to meet with their academic advisor to discuss course planning. Students should complete Finance 300 prior to studying abroad for a semester. Please note that finance majors MUST have prerequisites for any finance courses they take abroad. Other common study abroad course options include core and breadth courses.

Because most investment-related internship recruiting happens in the spring semester of junior year, it is advisable that finance students considering these careers identify an alternate time to study abroad. These students are encouraged to speak with their academic or career advisor to help in the planning process.

Course Requirements

Students must be admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business to complete a major in Finance, Investment, and Banking.

The curriculum requirements for the Finance, Investment, and Banking major can be found on Guide.


Finance is the integration of time, returns and risk and how they are interrelated. Two pressing questions in finance are:

  • What do I invest in?
  • How do I pay for it?

Organizations that focus on finance include banks, credit card companies, insurance companies, consumer finance companies, corporations, stock brokerages, investment funds, government sponsored enterprises, education, and individuals.


Meet the academic and career advisors for Finance, Investment and Banking.

Zach Hershoff
Zach Hershoff
Finance Advisor
Brain Whitmore
Brian Whitmore
Career Coach

Please see your Student Center for academic advisor contact information.

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