The undergraduate finance concentration at IU Southeast will give students the set of tools they need to succeed in today’s challenging economic, and increasingly global, environment. The program is designed to give students a broad exposure to finance areas that include corporate finance, investments, and financial markets and services. Our students develop the analytical, problem-solving, and decision making skills to address both personal and business financial questions.
Finance is both the science and art of managing money. As a science, modern finance is based in scientific inquiry, statistics, and mathematics. However, there are also many non-quantitative variables that matter including individuals’ – and sometimes entire markets’ – behavior patterns. This is where the “art” part comes into play.
Finance Concentration (24 credit hours)
The finance curriculum at IU Southeast includes studies in the area of corporate finance, investments, international finance, financial institutions, and markets. Students are introduced to the major theories and learn the tools utilized by financial professionals to make decisions in today’s dynamic economy. The finance curriculum prepares students for careers in corporate finance; banks, and other financial institutions; investments; and financial services such as financial planning, insurance, and real estate.
Required Courses (21 credit hours)
BUS-A 310 Management Decisions and Financial Reporting (or BUS-A311)
BUS-F 302 Financial Decision Making
BUS-F 410 Financial Institutions & Markets
BUS-F 420 Investments
BUS-F 494 International Financial Management
ECON-E 350 Money and Banking
BUS-A 414 Financial Statement Analysis and Interpretation
Required Elective course (3 credit hours)
Select from 300- or 400-level business or economics courses outside of Finance (NOT from BUS-M 300 or internships/professional practice).
Students considering a career in corporate finance are encouraged to select from the following:
BUS-A 301 Accounting: An Information System
BUS-A 311 Intermediate Accounting I (will substitute for BUS-A 310 in Finance concentration. Students successfully completing BUS-A 311 cannot then take BUS-A 310.)
BUS-A 312 Intermediate Accounting II
BUS-A 325 Cost Accounting
IU Southeast graduates have been placed in numerous financial institutions, investment firms, and corporate finance positions in Southern Indiana and Greater Louisville and beyond. Career opportunities are available in:
- Commercial Banking
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Planning
- Money Management
- Real Estate
For details on the types of jobs, skills needed, salaries, job outlook, and other resources for each of the areas listed above visit the Careers in Finance website.
For more detailed and extensive information regarding careers involving this major, please refer to the Career Development Center.
Professional and Student Organizations
IU Southeast Finance Club
The Finance Club at IU Southeast gives students additional opportunities to learn about careers in finance through field trips, speaker events, and other opportunities to network with finance and accounting professionals and alumni in our area. This club also offers additional opportunities to develop communication and leadership skills that are in high demand today.
- CFA Institute
- Careers in finance
This is a great resource for anyone researching career opportunities in finance including links to professional organizations, career links, finance blogs, and videos.
- Certified Financial Planner Board
- Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)
- New York Stock Exchange
- Damodaran Online