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 Finance Plan of Study  and the welcome to the department File Welcome to the Department of Finance and Marketing.docx. Carefully review WWU's Finance Degree as well. 

For help with planning your courses, please see your faculty advisor or the department office



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, 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 including:

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

Coursework is offered in all these areas and will prepare you for a successful career in finance and related fields.


A graduate with a concentration in finance may work in a variety of positions including:

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

This is not an exhaustive list of where a concentration in finance can take you, but it should provide you a good idea of what is possible.