The finance major prepares students for careers in business and/or postgraduate work by educating them in the fundamental principles and practical applications of modern financial analysis. The finance curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge of the major concepts and practices of financial management, while at the same time helping to develop their analytical, decision-making and communication abilities.
The curriculum allows our finance graduates to obtain skills that can be applied in the following areas, among others: capital budget analysis, personal financial planning, financial institutions management, corporate finance, plus investment analysis and portfolio management. The program offers students a choice of electives that are consistent with these classifications. Graduates are prepared for advanced study in business or finance or to assume responsible, entry-level managerial positions in financial management business, government and not-for-profit entities. Furthermore, they possess an excellent foundation for future growth and career development.
All finance majors are required to complete the Drake University Curriculum and the College of Business and Public Administration's core requirements. In addition, they must complete the following basic core courses in the finance major:
All candidates also must choose at least nine hours from the courses listed below. Even though the final selection one makes may be any combination from these courses based on their career goals, we list them under groups that highlight the skills the electives are likely to contribute to the most.
Capital Budgeting Analysis
Investment Analysis/Portfolio Management
Personal Financial Planning
Financial Institutions Management
All Finance Related Occupations
The joint finance major consists of all the basic finance core courses listed above. The joint actuarial science / finance major will substitute FIN 199 and FIN 121 with FIN 129 and ACTS 121, respectively.
Candidates for the finance concentration have two options: