Degree Programs

 

Finance Concentration

Providing Tools for Contextual Decision Making

As a Finance student in Western's College of Business and Economics (CBE), you will obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and be in a position to excel in your field. The curriculum will prepare you with theories, concepts, and skills to help organize information and make educated decisions.

 

Finance Overview

Welcome to Finance! Please read the documents below for more information about our department, requirements, and courses.

PDF icon Welcome to the Department of Finance and Marketing 2019.pdf

PDF icon FIN Plan of Study 2019-20.pdf

It is also important to review the Finance Concentration's section of the Western Washington University catalog. For help with advising, course planning, and career discernment, please see your faculty advisor. You may also contact the Department Manager with questions. 

 

Why Finance?

Managing finances requires you to answer intricate questions like: Can we afford to give employees a raise? Is it better to rent or buy office space? How should we finance our business? Typically, a student who pursues a concentration in Finance is good with math and money, inherently a problem solver, and well organized. Students can also choose a Financial Economics major which includes an emphasis in finance, economics, and accounting. A Financial Economics major is intended for students who want to become financial analysts someday.

 

Lessons learned in your finance coursework can be applied to a variety of fields. Coursework is offered in all of the following areas and will prepare you for a successful career in finance and related fields:

  • Investments
  • Corporate Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Options and Futures
  • Multinational Finance
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Banking

 

A graduate with a concentration in Finance may work in a variety of positions. While we can't provide an exhaustive list of career opportunities, graduates often work in positions with titles like: 

  • Financial Analyst
  • Loan Officer
  • Business Financial Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Stock Broker