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Finance

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. 

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 and investment bankers.

Clubs and Connections
Whitman offers many clubs and opportunities to enhance the finance major experience. Among them are the Investment Club and our $4.4 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. 

Real-World Readiness
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. Students are able to achieve the Bloomberg® certification, as well. These resources, coupled with required internships, career exploration programs 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.

Here is a sampling of the kinds of internships and jobs our finance majors have had:

Internships
Bank of America – Global Investment Banking Summer Analyst
Citigroup – Markets Summer Analyst
PwC – Banking and Capital Markets Intern

Jobs
Unilever – Financial Analyst
Keybanc – Investment Banking Analyst
Barclays – Sales & Trading Analyst