The field of finance looks at how individuals and firms allocate their resources over time. Both companies and people make financial decisions every day. Businesses evaluate projects, investments, financing, risk, valuation, and markets on a daily basis. Investment firms and individual investors assess their risk position, investment portfolio, and investment strategies to maximize their returns and meet their financial objectives.

Whether you choose to concentrate in corporate finance or investment finance at the Lubar College, you will gain an understanding of business and the economy, the functions of financial institutions and capital markets, and investment and borrowing instruments. You’ll learn how to use data and technology as tools to evaluate and make the best financial decisions. And you’ll think “big picture” to evaluate investment decisions that serve the long-term objectives of your company or client – not just their short-run interests.

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$59,400 average starting salary for finance majors
Great Access to
Professional Internships
Focus on Corporate orInvestment Finance
Over$1,000,000in annual scholarship awards
for Lubar students

Finance Degree Coursework (21 credits)

Required Courses (9 credits)

BUS ADM 450 Intermediate Finance
BUS ADM 451 Investment Finance
BUS ADM 455 Financial Institutions

Finance Elective Courses (12 credits)

Students choose at least four of the following:
BUS ADM 301 Intermediate Accounting
BUS ADM 305 Personal Investing and Financial Planning
BUS ADM 452 Applied Portfolio Management
BUS ADM 453 Corporate Finance Seminar
BUS ADM 454 Analysis of Options and Futures
BUS ADM 456 International Financial Management
BUS ADM 457 Financial Modeling
BUS ADM 458 Venture Finance
BSU ADM 459 Finance Professional Internship
BUS ADM 481 Real Estate Finance
BUS ADM 551 International Investments

Students pursuing the Finance Major will also take Business Foundation Courses and Business Core courses as part of the undergraduate degree.

Additional degree requirements and course descriptions for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Program Checklists and 4-Year Plans can be found on the Undergraduate Student Services MyLubar Resources page.

You may also be interested in:
Investment Management Certificate
Real Estate Certificate

With an undergraduate degree in Finance, you’ll have the professional tools to begin your business career in a small or large corporation, investment services firm, bank, or other organization, where you’ll be able to assist in making decisions by applying your understanding of financial data and analysis.

Job titles of recent Lubar BBA-Finance graduates:

Financial Consultant
Commercial Banking Representative
Personal Banker
Portfolio Manager
Retail Broker
Financial Analyst
Credit Analyst
Equity Research Analyst
Financial/Pricing Analyst
Commercial Sales Specialist
Business Analyst

Companies that have hired recent Lubar BBA-Finance graduates:

Bank Mutual
BMO Harris Bank
Charter Automotive
GE Healthcare
Jockey International
Johnson Controls
MGI Electronics
Milwaukee Tool
Moore Oil Co.
North Star Asset Management
Northwestern Mutual
PNC Bank
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Rockwell Automation
Schneider National
UMB Fund Services
Wells Fargo

Finance faculty in the Lubar College of Business offer a scope of expertise that includes financial market and investment analysis, corporate finance, managerial economics, international finance, and real estate investment. Accomplished academic researchers and great classroom teachers, the faculty guide students in applying academic theory to the real-world challenges that are ever-present in the complex global marketplace.

Kenneth Conrad
  • Teaching Faculty, Finance
michael farrell
  • Assistant Professor, Finance
Yianni Floros
  • Associate Professor, Finance
  • Dean's Research Fellow
Xiaoting Hang
  • Teaching Faculty, Finance
John Huck
  • Assistant Professor, Finance
Yong-Cheol Kim
  • Associate Professor, Finance
giorgo sertsios
  • Sheldon B. Lubar Associate Professor of Finance, Finance
Valeriy Sibilkov
  • Associate Professor, Finance
G. Kevin Spellman
  • Professor of Practice, Finance
  • David O. Nicholas Director, Investment Management
  • Teaching Professor, Real Estate
  • Director, Real Estate Program
Jiadi Xu
  • Assistant Professor, Finance
Undergraduate Student Services
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