Valparaiso University’s College of Business prepares students to hit the ground running in the professional world. Finance majors at Valpo often pursue careers as financial or investment managers, as investment bankers, or in similar fields. Students study key elements and tools in financial management and develop analytical and communication skills.

 

All College of Business’s majors begin with two core groups of courses:

The course requirements for the major in finance ensure that students have a solid understanding of the issues and methods related to managing money.

Major Requirements for Finance
IDS 110 Business Spreadsheet Applications 1 credit
IDS 340 Statistics for Decision Making 3 credits
FIN 330 Management of Financial Institutions 3 credits
FIN 410 Theory of Corporate Finance 3 credits
FIN 420 Investment Management 3 credits
FIN 430 International Finance 3 credits
FIN 470 Financial Strategy and Policy 3 credits
Total 19 credits
Major Field Requirement 6 credits
Two non-core business courses numbered higher than 300
Free Electives 6 credits
Grand Total (all courses) 125 credits

In addition to the required courses outlined below, each student in the BSBA program is required to complete one of the following:

  • A Cooperative Education experience combining full-time professional, paid work experience with academic coursework, or
  • An Internship

 
 Course descriptions

 

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“There is a distinct culture that blends achievement and service at Valpo that cannot be replicated elsewhere,” says Paul Yox, a double major in finance and economics who hails from Mt. Pleasant, Texas.