Finance majors at Northwest focus on four areas: financial services, financial computing, corporate finance, and finance management.
Financial Services concentrates on the design and delivery of advice and financial products to individuals, business and government;
Financial Computing combines information from finance and computer science while focusing on the decision-making models constructed and manipulated with computer technology;
Corporate Finance requires additional focus in accounting and prepares students for exams like the CFA (certified financial analyst), CPA (certified public accountant) and CMA (certified manufacturing analyst); and
Financial Management combines the knowledge of finance and management to make managerial decisions with an understanding of finance.
More than 95% of students who graduated with a degree in finance obtained employment or continued their education within six months after graduation.
The following is a listing of common positions for graduates with a finance major:
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Appraiser
*Based on self-reported data in recent years.
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
New Venture Pitch Competition is designed for ambitious students and aspiring entrepreneurs to present ideas to business professionals, small business owners and potential investors. Students present their ideas to judges who in the future could represent their boss or client.
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions. Students from the business school have recently traveled and studied in China, Africa and Eastern Europe including Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
Although internships are not required in the finance major, they are highly encouraged to gain real-world experiences.
Option One: Financial Services, 24 hours
ECON 52352 Money, Credit, and Banking FIN 53320 Insurance and Risk FIN 53325 Investment Principles FIN 53326 Investment Management FIN 53327 Intermediate Financial Management FIN 53420 Financial Institutions MKTG 55430 Sales and Sales Management
3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Choose 3 hours from electives
ACCT 51303 Tax Accounting I ACCT 51304 Tax Accounting II ACCT 51408 Managerial Accounting FIN 53422 Real Estate Management
3 3 3 3
Option Two: Financial Computing, 24 hours Required Courses
FIN 53325 Investment Principles FIN 53327 Intermediate Financial Management FIN 53420 Financial Institutions FIN 53421 Selected Cases in Finance CSIS 44211 Spreadsheet Applications CSIS 44212 Advanced Spreadsheets and Charting CSIS 44346 Database Applications CSIS 44144 Web Development I CSIS 44334 Web Development II Approved electives in Finance or Computer Science
3 3 3 3 1 1 1 3 3 3
Option Three: Corporate Finance, 24 hours Required Courses
FIN 53325 Investment Principles FIN 53326 Investment Management FIN 53327 Intermediate Financial Management FIN 53421 Selected Cases in Finance ACCT 51301 Cost Accounting ACCT 51306 Intermediate Accounting I ACCT 51402 Advanced Cost Accounting Approved electives in Finance or Accounting
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Option Four: Financial Management, 24 hours Required Courses
FIN 53325 Investment Principles FIN 53327 Intermediate Financial Management FIN 53420 Financial Institutions FIN 53421 Selected Cases in Finance MGMT 54314 Human Resource Management MGMT 54316 Organizational Behavior and Theory MGMT 54318 Entrepreneurship OR MGMT 54320 Negotiations Approved electives in Finance or Management
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3