The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in finance.
The Finance Program provides the knowledge and training finance experts need to make and
implement decisions regarding managing, investing, and distributing financial resources for
businesses and individuals.
Coursework includes a required core of business courses plus one of the following concentrations:
Financial Analysis and Investment Management Concentration (General Finance): The understanding and
management of the financial interests of businesses, non-profit organizations, and individual investments is fundamental
to the growth and success of the world's economy. Study in the finance program provides the knowledge and training financial
experts need to make and implement decisions regarding managing, investing, and distributing financial resources within
businesses and on individual levels.
Financial Planning Concentration: The financial planning concentration will provide an approved, practical, and
theoretical approach to personal financial planning. The curriculum will satisfy the CFP Board requirements for education and
prepare the students to take the CFP Board Examination. The concentration will provide students with the information and
analytical skills in financial planning, insurance, investments, portfolio management, employee and retirement benefits,
tax planning, estate planning and a case-based capstone course.
In addition, students complete the University's Foundational Studies Program, which provides the
knowledge students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication
The University's Finance Program is taught by professors who are qualified academic and financial
professionals. Small classes encourage close interaction between faculty and students and ensure an
education where classroom learning is combined with practical experiences to provide the latest training
in technology to access and analyze information.
Practical field experiences, including internships that earn college credit, can lead to
full-time jobs after graduation. Recent internship sites have included Conseco, Eli Lilly and Co.,
Northwest Airlines, Crane Naval Base, and Lockheed Martin. Upper-level students (juniors and seniors)
also have opportunities to conduct research with faculty as part of the classroom experience.
Student may join the Financial Management Association and the Investment Club. These organizations
provide opportunities to interact with the business community through field trips, guest professional
speakers, and social activities. Included among these activities are annual visits to
financial markets in Chicago, Illinois.
Finance majors also may be invited to join the business honorary, Beta Gamma Sigma, or the professional business fraternities,
Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Kappa Psi. These organizations also provide professional
learning and networking opportunities and social activities where students meet other
finance majors, business students, and faculty.
Our graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of financial and non-financial
institutions. The program is excellent preparation for certification and/or licensure in
specified areas of financial expertise and for advanced study in finance or business.
With experience, a degree in finance can lead to positions such as: cash manager, financial analyst,
financial manager, loan officer, and portfolio manager.
Finance Program advisers encourage graduates to pursue certification as a chartered financial analyst
if their career goal is portfolio management. Graduates interested in careers in financial planning are
urged to add the professional designation of certified financial planner to their credentials.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Scott College of Business offers a number of scholarships and financial
awards designated specifically for finance majors, including the Leadership and Academic Achievement in
Investment Award, the Leadership and Academic Achievement in Finance Award, the Outstanding Finance Major
Award, the Financial Executives Institute for Juniors and Seniors Scholarship, and the Ferreira Award in
For more information about these awards, contact the Finance Program.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.