The major in Finance offers students the necessary skills to work in all areas of finance, in both the private, corporate and public sectors. Careers include those in asset management; commercial and investment banking; corporate financial management; venture capital;  mergers and acquisition; risk management and insurance; actuarial science; and real estate. In addition, concentrating in finance equips students well for careers in law and government.       

Finance majors must complete the core computer language requirement by taking FI 389 Financial Analysis & Modeling. Finance majors are required to select a concentration, a second major or an approved (business or non-business) minor.

Code and Title Hours
Major Courses
EC 308Intermediate Microeconomics3
EC 309Intermediate Macroeconomics3
FI 301Intro Financial Inst. & Mkts3
FI 410Intermediate Financial Mgt3
FI 412Money & Capital Markets3
FI 414Investments3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
Concentration, Second Major or Approved Minor9-18
Total Hours27-36


The Banking and Financial Services concentration provides undergraduate students the background of the institutional and regulatory environment, and management issues facing financial institutions.  Students will learn the basic theories of financial intermediation and will be able to distinguish the various services financial institutions provide.  Students will also learn how to identify and analyze the different types of risks faced by financial institutions (focusing on interest rate risk, market risk, liquidity, and credit risk).  Theories and techniques available for measuring and managing these risks will be studied.  The sequence of courses aims to develop a knowledge of the banking and financial services such to prepare the students for entry-level positions within the financial services sector.  The Banking and Financial Services concentration is restricted to Finance majors only.

Banking & Financial Services Concentration Hours
AC 352Corporate Financial Reporting3
FI 341Fund. of Risk Mgt. & Ins.3
FI 421Bank Administration3
Total Hours9

The Financial Engineering concentration equips students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to measure and manage various market risks,including foreign exchange, interest rate, equity price, commodity price, as well as many others. Students in this concentration will learn state-of-the-art quantitative techniques for efficiently and effectively managing market risks. With these capabilities, students will be able to contribute to optimal management of a host of entities, including global corporations, municipalities, pension funds, endowments, among the others.  The Financial Engineering concentration is restricted to Finance majors only.

Financial Engineering Concentration Hours
MATH 125Calculus I4
FI 419Financial Derivatives3
Choose 1 course from the following list:3
Corporate Financial Reporting
Financial Analysis - Investing
Choose 2 courses from the following list:6
Econ Forecasting & Analysis
Advanced Investment Topics
Financial Econometrics
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
Total Hours16

The Value Investing concentration provides students with a strong foundation for examining the critical aspects of investing decisions, including generating good ideas, conducting fundamental business and industry research, analyzing financial statements, and credibly estimating what businesses and companies are worth. The focus is on practical applications. Students will be prepared for a broad range of business careers, including investment management, investment banking, private equity, management consulting, corporate business development, corporate finance and entrepreneurship.  The Value Investing concentration is restricted to Finance majors only.

Value Investing Concentration Hours
AC 444Financial Analysis - Investing3
FI 417Value Investing Principles3
FI 418Advanced Value Investing3
Total Hours9

Finance/Economics Double Major

The double major in finance and economics is for students looking to combine the two fields.  The double major includes a Finance elective and an additional Economics elective, because of the extensive overlap between the Finance and Economics majors.  Students completing this curriculum earn two majors, not two degrees, since both are part of Culverhouse College of Business.

Code and Title Hours
Major Courses:
EC 308 or Intermediate Microeconomics3
EC 310 Honors Intermediate Microeconomics
EC 309 or Intermediate Macroeconomics3
EC 311 Honors Intermediate Macroeconomics
FI 301Introduction to Financial Institutions and Markets3
FI 410Intermediate Financial Mgt3
FI 412Money & Capital Markets3
FI 414Investments3
Approved Finance Elective3
Four 300/400 level Economics Electives12
Credit Hours Subtotal: 33
Ancillary Requirement:
FI 389Financial Analysis and Modeling3
Total Hours36

The opportunities for students who complete a bachelor's degree in finance include positions in banking and financial services, corporate finance, investment management, real estate, insurance enterprise risk management, consulting, and the public sector.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Recent graduates take entry-level jobs as actuary; financial analyst; loan officer; investment advisor; personal financial planner; insurance company agent in operations, underwriting, claims and brokerage; and real estate developer.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Our alumni hold positions in areas such as asset management, investment banking and management, corporate finance, financial services, sales and trading, real estate portfolio management, and bank examination.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center