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Finance

Making informed decisions

Knowledge of finance is critical for understanding today’s business, financial, and economics headlines and for making informed decisions. The finance major in the Love School of Business provides a blend of theory, application and financial market technology that will enable students to develop the knowledge and skills to make effective personal and business financial decisions. Our curriculum offers in-depth exposure to the concepts and analytical tools from stock, bond and derivatives markets that are used in investments, personal financial planning, portfolio theory and managerial finance.

As a finance major, you will build on your classroom knowledge with real-world experiences gained through internships, study abroad and membership in professional organizations. The B.S.B.A. in Finance also provides an excellent foundation for advanced studies in a range of fields, including accounting, business administration and law.

Individual attention

Students in the Love School of Business receive individual attention from their professors. Faculty members keep generous office hours and take a personal interest in each student’s progress. Each finance major at Elon will be assigned a finance faculty member as an academic advisor.

Curriculum

Because an Elon education is grounded in the liberal arts, students develop important critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills that will allow them to succeed in their professional and personal lives and to effectively serve their community. All finance majors take a common core of courses representing the fundamental business disciplines of accounting, finance, management and marketing. If you select a major in finance, the flexible curriculum will allow you to focus on the area of finance that interests you. All students in the Love School of Business are required to complete an internship. In recent years, students who concentrated in finance have taken internships at such firms as:

  • JP Morgan Chase Bank
  • IBM
  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • Credit Suisse
  • Ernst & Young
  • Progressive Energy
  • GE/NBC
  • Morgan Stanley
  • UBS
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • LabCorp
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Lincoln Financial

Approach to learning

Consistent with Elon’s focus on experiential learning, the Department of Finance stresses active learning in its curriculum. Students utilize the resources of the Reed Finance Center to develop case analyses, produce research projects and engage in other active learning activities in order to gain a better understanding of real world issues, problems and solutions. Internships further expose students to environments in which to actively acquire knowledge and skills.

Special programs, scholarships and fellowships

Exceptional high school students and some current students may be eligible for the Business Fellows Program. This selective four-year program offers students study abroad grants, paid internships, and the opportunity to manage a part of the university endowment using the resources of the Reed Finance Center. Visit the Elon Fellows programs Web site for more information. Annually, the Department of Finance sponsors up to five finance majors to receive CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) scholarships. The CFA is considered the gold standard for advanced finance training in investments. Finance majors are also encouraged to participate in the Financial Management Association (FMA). The FMA is a global leader in developing and distributing knowledge about financial decision making to the academic and business communities.

Experienced, knowledgeable faculty

Finance majors learn from and work with faculty who have professional experience as well as academic training. Elon’s finance faculty members have written numerous academic journal articles and present research and serve on panels at academic and professional conferences. They also engage in consulting activities with outside businesses and organizations.

After graduation

Most Finance students seek full time employment, while some pursue a CFA. Others may pursue graduate study. Recent graduates have secured positions with:

  • JP Morgan Chase Bank
  • IBM
  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • Wells Fargo Bank (formerly Wachovia Bank)
  • GE Capital
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Citi Group
  • Vanguard
  • Credit Suisse
  • UBS
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Deloitte Financial Advisory


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