Finance Major

Finance is broadly divided into two topics: valuation, estimating what something is worth, and corporate, financial activities of a business. This major provides a finance foundation through course offerings covering corporate finance, financial institutions, and investments. In addition to a variety of elective course offerings, this degree offers an investment practicum which allows students to manage and trade a real portfolio. Finance prepares the student to think critically while providing the tools necessary to immediately add value to the industry.

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About This Degree

In the finance degree, students learn to manage the monetary resources of organizations, countries, and individuals. They also gain the knowledge and preparation necessary to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst exam after they graduate.

The CFA is the most internationally recognized and credible credential for financial professionals and is earned by passing a series of analytically rigorous exams. To become a CFA, candidates must pass each of the three, six-hour exams, possess a bachelors’ degree, and have 48 months of qualified, professional work experience.

Becoming a CFA can help individuals become elite in the profession. The Economics and Finance Department is committed to providing the necessary background to enable undergraduate students to successfully pass the level 1 CFA exam through integrating CFA topics into the curriculum. The department also offers competitive scholarships to help cover the cost of taking the level 1 exam and provides access to curriculum materials to help students prepare for the exam.

The oldest business school west of the Mississippi, USU has offered business degrees since 1894 and has long held prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and continues to be on the forefront of advanced business education.

Career Options

With a degree in finance, students can pursue the following careers:

  • Loan officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Credit manager
  • Financial officer
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Claims adjuster
  • Actuary
  • Financial planner
  • Risk manager
  • Asset management
  • Appraiser
  • Economic consultant
  • Economic loss specialist
  • Statistical analyst