People with business knowledge and experience are the mainstays of organizations. They help assure that clients get the products and services they seek and that the organization makes enough profit to stay in existence. One of the exciting aspects of a business career is constant change in the marketplace. A major in Business Administration, Finance, Management, or Marketing will help prepare you for this exciting world.

Students who major in Business Administration-Finance secure jobs in banking, insurance, real estate, the investment industry, financial planning and risk management.


The finance curriculum is designed to prepare students for successful careers in corporate finance, financial institutions and services and investments and for graduate study. The curriculum plan is intended to impart the basics of the business functional areas, crucial perspectives and competencies and basic finance knowledge, and then to move on to more in-depth skills and knowledge preparation in these areas.  

Learning Outcomes

A finance graduate will be able to

  • Make time value calculations, perform ratio analysis and securities valuation, carry-out cost of capital and cash flow analysis, make capital budgeting decisions, evaluate optimal capital structure and dividend policy, learn procedures of going public, perform lease financing, evaluate working capital management, learn bankruptcy and mergers and evaluate multinational financial management
  • Evaluate the Federal Reserve monetary policy, pricing and yield determinations and financial analysis of depositories and non-depositories
  • Set investment objectives; understand securities markets, regulations and trading mechanisms; integrate financial and economic concepts to make investment analysis; perform fundamental and technical security analysis to make investment decisions; evaluate options and futures markets managing investment risks; and analyze mutual funds and international securities investments.
  • Evaluate different aspects of international financial management issues and understand finance topics and issues including real estate investments, portfolio management, financial and personal risk management and techniques and concepts.

Career Opportunities

Finance graduates may pursue the following job paths:

  • Bank branch manager
  • Personal/commercial lending officer
  • International banking officer
  • Treasurer
  • Financial service officer
  • Bank examiner
  • Account executive
  • Financial planner

Accounting and finance faculty members are both academically and professionally qualified. Faculty members have business experience and are active in professional associations. They remain current through research and consulting activities. All accounting faculty members have credentials as Certified Public Accountants and one is also a Certified Management Accountant.

Charles Corcoran, Chair

Accounting Faculty

Finance Faculty

College of Business and Economics Faculty & Staff

Contact Us

College of Business and Economics
715-425-0707 (fax)
M-F, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
124 South Hall
410 S. Third Street
River Falls, WI 54022-5001
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