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.
Related Student Organizations
Capital Management Club
Fantasy Sports & Finance Club
Finance & Investment Society
Investment Banking Club
Society of Personal Investments
Wealth Management Group
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.
A: Students must be admitted to the Wisconsin School of Business in order to declare a major in finance. Please visit our Admissions page for more information. Students indicate their intended major when they apply to the business school. If they are admitted, the major(s) indicated will be declared for them. Students may change their major by completing a Business Major Declaration Form. Turn completed forms in to the front desk in 3150 Grainger Hall.
A: Admitted business students may cancel their declared finance major by completing a Business Major Declaration Form. Turn completed forms in to the front desk in 3150 Grainger Hall.
A: Common parallel plans that lead to careers related to finance include economics (College of Letters & Science), mathematics (L&S), statistics (L&S), or personal finance (School of Human Ecology). Students are encouraged to contact the Cross College Advising Service (http://www.ccas.wisc.edu/) or the appropriate school/college for advising related to these or other majors.