Finance is an integral part of decision making in all areas and levels of management. A career in finance entails analysis of the current economic and business conditions, as well as the uncertainties and risks the future holds. Whether working for an investment bank on Wall Street, a family business on main street or a multinational company in Shanghai, the profession offers opportunities that can be both intellectually and professionally rewarding. The need for finance professionals is rising rapidly. Employment of financial analysts is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations (Financial Analyst Job Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Choices in Courses and Careers
Our undergraduate finance program provides you with an overall understanding of the various aspects of finance: raising capital and making investment decisions, valuing securities and businesses, managing investment portfolios and understanding the global nature of finance. Along with a theoretical background, our students are well equipped with computing, mathematics and communication skills. Our comprehensive, timely curriculum includes course offerings in all aspects of corporate finance and investments. Our students move on to work as financial analysts, investment bankers, asset managers, traders and financial advisors.
The Whitman academic experience is enriched by the availability of the same technology and tools used by seasoned financial professionals. Whitman’s Ballentine Investment Institute offers a state-of-the-art trading room where you’ll have personal access to current market data, live news feeds, software for analysis and other resources used by professionals in the field, including 11 Bloomberg terminals. These resources, coupled with required internships, field trips and opportunities to engage with leading companies and accomplished alumni in nearby New York City, will give you a decided edge over your peers in the marketplace.
Clubs and Connections
Whitman offers many clubs and opportunities to enhance the finance major experience. Among them are the Financial Management Association, the Student Investment Club and our $4 million student-run Orange Value Fund. Participation in the programming and events of these organizations will expand your base of knowledge and introduce you to additional resources. A myriad of networking and learning opportunities, such as our Finance Forum, Whitman on Wall Street trip to New York City, various speakers and panel discussions, are exponentially valuable both in preparing you for the responsibilities of a career in finance and in making career connections.
Primed for Placement
Whitman’s finance graduates are consistently pursued by leading financial organizations including Citigroup, General Electric, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Manning & Napier, Morgan Stanley and Raymond James & Associates.