Finance Program

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.

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Plan of Study

For students entering the Finance Concentration major Fall 2023 or later, use the below linked Plan of Study for your planning document.

For students who entered the Finance Concentration program between Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, use the below linked Plan of Study for your planning document.


For students who entered the major before Fall 2022, please use the document below.


For help with advising, course planning, and career discernment, please see your faculty advisor.

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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