Finance is central to many of the critical activities that make up our free market economy. In the Department of Finance and Business Law at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, our graduates demonstrate an advanced understanding of corporate finance, investments, personal financial planning, and money and capital markets. A Finance degree prepares graduates to pursue their professional interests in numerous areas such as:
Corporate Finance: managing the budget analysis; cash flow and capital funding needs of a single business entity; management consulting; international finance and trade.
Banking and Credit Markets: commercial bank and credit union management; commercial lending; personal lending and credit services; commercial and residential mortgage lending; leasing companies.
Financial Planning: personal cash flow management and budgeting; behavioral finance; household debt management; tax planning; client building growth and development; retirement planning; college savings; investments; wealth and asset management; employee benefits; and estate planning
As of 2017, the UW-Whitewater undergraduate "finance degree with finance planning emphasis" has been recognized nationally as a degree program allowing an expedited testing process for the granting of the well-recognized Certified Financial Planning (CFP®) designation. This standing has been granted to secondary institutions whose degree program incorporates 100 percent of the CFP Board Competencies required for successful passage of its examination and assessment of financial planning knowledge.
Insurance and Risk Management: underwriting; claims adjusting; governmental relations; risk analysis and consulting; broker/agent.
Investments and Capital Markets: investment management; portfolio management; trust management; wealth management; private equity investing; mergers and acquisitions; and securities underwriting.
The UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Finance Program has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA Exams.
Public Sector: government financial management; budget management; revenue and debt management; regulatory examiner/auditor; non-profit financial management for educational, healthcare and charitable entities.
Real Estate: real estate development; property management; mortgage lending; appraisal and valuation; broker/agent; real estate investment trust management.
Almost every venture in our economy, private or public, contains an aspect of financial management. As such, the choice of career paths open to finance professionals is limited only by their own interests, imagination, and personal goals.
In addition to the finance major, the Department of Finance and Business Law offers three emphases to students who want to specialize their knowledge:
If students are enrolled in the honors program, they may enroll in the finance major honors track to fulfill requirements.
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There are many ways for students to become involved in finance and law student organizations:
- Finance Association
- Financial Management Association
- Applied Investments Program
- Golden Key International Honor Society (This organization is open to students who have outstanding academic credentials, regardless of their majors.)
- Law Society
- Portfolio Management Group
The College of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB International. Only 5% of business schools in the world have been able to obtain this highest standard of accreditation.
If you think a degree in Finance may be for you, you can: