As a Finance major, you will learn to understand the issues inherent in obtaining and using monetary and financial resources. You will develop analytical skills and effective communication skills. You may select courses preparing you for work in fields such as:
- International financial management
- Corporate finance
- Personal financial planning
Opportunity to Innovate
The Finance major is flexible, allowing you to take International Financial Management, and Financial Institutions and Markets courses offered in locations such as London and New York City.
You may join the Financial Management Association (FMA), which develops a mock equity portfolio to practice tracking and analyzing securities. The student-led organization also sponsors investment seminars, guest speakers and annual trips to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank.
Certifications for Finance Majors
A number of professional certifications and qualification exams exist for finance professionals. Bradley graduates excel in these exams. Some of the designations are listed below:
- CFA Chartered Financial Analyst
- CFP Chartered Financial Planner
- CLU Chartered Life Underwriter
- CPCU Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter
- FRM Financial Risk Manager
Impact the World
Some of the firms and companies that employ our finance students are:
- RLI Corp.
- Caterpillar Inc.
- Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
- Federal Reserve Bank
Students interested in corporate finance select courses providing a background in the various financial elements of corporate activities. Typically, financial management decisions involve capital budgeting and financing decisions as well as the daily activities associated with allocating and obtaining funds. A variety of optimization and modeling techniques are studied. The ability to develop a sound financial analysis of an opportunity is emphasized.
Students interested in the securities area select courses that will develop their skills in analyzing and selecting investment opportunities. Portfolio analysis as well as identification of individual security characteristics are stressed. The markets for securities of all types, domestic and international, are studied to provide an understanding of their opportunities and constraints. Implications of market efficiency are considered. The ability to develop a worthwhile and unique analysis of investments is emphasized.
Markets and Institutions
Students interested in financial institutions such as insurance companies, banks, pension funds and finance companies select courses that will prepare them for positions in these organizations. Modern technology, globalization and newer ideas associated with managing financial institutions are of particular importance. The decision-making ability needed for proper management of progressive organizations is developed through a variety of rigorous courses.
The curriculum structure is suitable for students planning graduate study or entrepreneurial activities. Many past students now own and operate their own businesses. Due to the highly quantitative nature of many areas of finance, the entering student is advised to have a strong mathematics background. Three years of algebra, one year of geometry and a semester of trigonometry are recommended.
Required Courses - 18 or 19 hrs.
- FIN 322 Business Finance - 3 hrs.
- FIN 325 Investment Analysis - 3 hrs.
- FIN 328 Financial Institutions and Markets - 3 hrs.
- Q M 260 Quantitative Methods in Finance - 3 hrs.
or MTH 122 Calculus II - 4 hrs.
- FIN 494 Financial Strategy - 3 hrs.
Elective Courses (choose one) - 3 hrs.
FIN 323 International Financial Management - 3 hrs.
FIN 327 Derivative Securities - 3 hrs.
FIN 330 Financial Institutions and Markets - 3 hrs.
FIN 423 Advanced Business Finance - 3 hrs.
FIN 424 Capital Budgeting - 3 hrs.
FIN 426 Financial Research and Modeling - 3 hrs.
FIN 623 Multinational Financial Management - 3 hrs.
FIN 627 Financial Risk Management - 3 hrs.
QM 326 Business Forecasting - 3 hrs.
QM 364 Decision Support Systems - 3 hrs.
Elective Tools Courses (choose one) - 3 hrs.
- Q M 326 Business Forecasting - 3 hrs.
- Q M 364 Decision Support Systems - 3 hrs.
- ECO 319 Introduction to Econometrics - 3 hrs.
- ECO 418 Mathematical Economics - 3 hrs.
Elective Functional Area International Courses (choose one) - 3 hrs.
- FIN 323 International Financial Management - 3 hrs.
Note: FIN 323 also counts as part of the required 24 hours in finance.
- ECO 390 International Monetary Economics - 3 hrs.
- ECO 391 International Trade - 3 hrs.
Courses Beyond ATG 157 & ATG 158 (choose one) - 3 hrs.
- ATG 301 Intermediate Accounting - 3 hrs.
- ATG 314 Cost Accounting - 3 hrs.
Freshman - Fall Semester (17 hours)
- MTH 115 Brief Calculus With Applications I — 4
or 121 Calculus I — 4
- ATG 157 Accounting Principles-Financial — 3
- BUS 100 Contemporary Business — 3
- Core Courses — 6
- EHS 120 University Experience — 1
Freshman - Spring Semester (15 hours)
- ATG 158 Accounting Principles — Managerial — 3
- MIS 173 Information Systems and Business Applications — 3
- Core Courses — 9
Sophomore - Fall Semester (15 hours)
- ECO 221 Microeconomics — 3
- Q M 262 Quantitative Analysis I — 3
- Q M 260 Quantitative Methods in Finance — 3
- Elective — 3
- Core Course— 3
Sophomore - Spring Semester (15 hours)
- FIN 322 Business Finance — 3
- Q M 263 Quantitative Analysis II — 3
- ECO 222 Macroeconomics — 3
- MTG 315 Principles of Marketing — 3
- Core Course — 3
Junior - Fall Semester (16 hours)
- Financial Tools Course — 3
- FIN 325 Investment Analysis — 3
- M L 250 Interpersonal Effectiveness — 2
- M L 350 Managing for Results in Organizations — 2
- ENG 306 Business Communication — 3
- Finance Elective — 3
Junior - Spring Semester (16 hours)
- Finance International Course — 3
- FIN 328 Financial Institutions and Markets — 3
- BLW 342 Legal Environment of Business — 3
- ATG 201 Accounting Principles-Techniques — 1
- ATG 301 Intermediate Accounting I — 3
or ATG 314 Cost Accounting — 3
- Business Elective — 3
Senior - Fall Semester (15 hours)
- Senior Finance Elective — 3
- Business Elective — 2
- M L 452 Strategic Management in Organizations — 2
- BUS 400 Client Consulting Project — 2
- Electives — 6
Senior - Spring Semester (15 hours)
- FIN 494 Financial Strategy — 3
- Electives — 12
Course sequence information is provided for sample purposes only. Students should consult with their academic advisor about their individual plan for course registration and completion of program requirements.