Want to help companies obtain funds needed for growth and help people invest for the future? This concentration is designed for those with analytical minds who enjoy working with accounting and math. You'll study corporate finance, investments, mergers and acquisitions, derivatives and corporate social responsibility.

Finance deals with the concepts of time, cash flows and risk, and how they are interrelated. It also deals with how money is spent and budgeted. Calvin's concentration in finance will teach you to:

  • Determine the appropriate balance between debt and equity for a company
  • Evaluate the financial attractiveness of business expansion opportunities
  • Work on merger and acquisition finance
  • Analyze financial risks and returns
  • Guide informed financial investment decisions
  • Manage risk through insurance and derivatives
  • Practice finance for stewardship, justice and love

"Calvin's finance program enabled me to discover my passion and refine my skills that were necessary to build my career. My professors and the program equipped me with the tools that led to my career at Wells Fargo Advisors." —John Dykstra '07, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo

Considering finance? 

If you possess the following characteristics and skills, finance may be a good fit for you:

  • Strong analytic and conceptual skills
  • Excellent ability to communicate detailed concepts
  • Joy from a good transaction
  • Natural interest in resources and stewardship

Recent finance internships

Each year, more than 90% of business and accounting students complete internships. Finance students find placements at businesses that include: 

  • Merrill Lynch
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Quicken Loans
  • Steelcase
  • Blackford Capital
  • Van Wyk Risk and Insurance
  • Wolverine World Wide
  • Bank of America 

Course Requirements 2014-2015

In addition to the courses in the general business major, take these specialized courses to complete the concentration in operations:

  • BUS-371 Financial Instruments & Markets
  • One from:
    • BUS-372 Advanced Corporate Finance
    • BUS-359 Internship in Business
    • ECON-326 Business Cycles and Forecasting / Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • ECON-331 Money and Financial Markets

Careers in finance

Finance professionals do complex analysis of financial situations and communicate insights to others in compelling ways. Fields you may work in include:

  • Investment advisory
  • Investment management
  • Bank lending departments
  • Bank credit analysis
  • Corporate financial planning and analysis
  • Risk and insurance underwriting and claims
  • Real estate finance

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