INVEST IN YOURSELF WITH A FINANCE MAJOR
Finance professionals analyze the financial health of businesses, organizations and individuals in order to identify areas for improvement and opportunity. As a finance major, you will gain experience with measuring risk, money management and investment analysis, problem-solving and financial statement analysis.

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CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program
The investments track in the finance major is part of the CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program. To achieve this recognition, the program must cover 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and place emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Our program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Coursework
As an undergraduate finance major, you’ll earn 15 credit hours of core finance courses and 9-12 credit hours for one option of your choice. You can choose from banking and risk management, investments or general finance.

Check out the list of required and elective courses in our Catalog and Four-Year Plans.


Course Catalog Four Year Plans

You Are Your Best Investment
With a Big Ten finance degree from Nebraska, you’ll enter the finance field prepared to succeed no matter what option in the major you decide to pursue.

General Finance

The General Finance Option allows you to pursue a broad range of interests. You can select from courses in real estate, international finance, insurance and investments.

By pursuing this option, you’ll develop a solid understanding of the basic finance function, preparing you for entry-level positions in the management and operation of public, private and nonprofit financial organizations.

In total, the General Finance Option consists of 9 credit hours.

Classes

- ACCT 308, Managerial Accounting
- ACCT 313, Intermediate Accounting I
- ECON 311, Intermediate Macroeconomics
- ECON 312, Intermediate Microeconomics

6 hours of 400 level finance courses

Four Year Plan

Example Career Paths

Asset Manager
Associate Merchandiser
Business Development Data Analyst
Business Development Manager
Business Manager
Collector
Corporate Auditor
Corporate Treasury Analyst
Credit Analyst
Financial Advisory
Financial Services Professional
Operations Management
Personal Financial Planner
Personal/Business Banker
Project Manager
Purchasing Agent
Revenue Agent
Supply Chain Financial Analyst
Trade Assistant
Velocity Analyst

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Banking and Risk Management

The Banking and Risk Management Option prepares you for positions of responsibility in the financial services industry and in corporate risk management.

In this option, coursework emphasizes the financial decision-making process within the value-enhancing enterprise risk management framework. You will become familiar with risk management tools and processes, as well as risk governance for decision-making under uncertainty. The track provides excellent opportunities for critical thinking and brings real-world experiences and perspective to the classroom.

In total, the Banking and Risk Management Option consists of 9 credit hours.

Classes

FINA 338, Principles of Individual and Corporate Risk Management
FINA 465, Bank Management (taught fall and spring)

3 hours of 300/400 level courses from the following:
- FINA 375, Financial Statement Analysis
- FINA 382, Real Estate Principles and Practice
- FINA 412, Life and Health Insurance
- FINA 438, Enterprise Risk Management
- FINA 467, Options, Futures and Derivative Securities

Four Year Plan

Example Career Paths

Annuity Information Specialist
Assistant Bank Examiner
Financial Institutions Specialist
Financial Services Professional
National Bank Examiner

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Investments

The Investments Option is a technical program designed to immerse you in the science of the management of financial assets. Nebraska is part of the CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program. The course material incorporates a significant portion of the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) from the CFA® Program and places emphasis on the CFA® Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. The program also includes a year-long portfolio management course where you’ll manage the Cornhusker Fund, a $2.4 million investment fund. Those completing this option are expected to sit for the Level I CFA exam. Our program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Classes

FINA 097, Ethics Assessment course for the Investments Option
FINA 375, Financial Statement Analysis
FINA 467, Options, Futures and Other Derivative Securities
FINA 468, Portfolio Practicum I
FINA 469, Portfolio Practicum II

Four Year Plan

Example Career Paths

Accounting Analyst
Analyst II
Asset Manager
Corporate Treasury Analyst
Financial Analyst
Fund Administrator Associate
Investment Associate
Investment Banking Analyst
Treasury Analyst

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You must gain admission into the investments option.

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Immerse Yourself. Sharpen Skills. Make Gains.
From day one, you can analyze stocks and collaborate with other students to manage a portfolio worth $200,000 through the Big Red Investment Club. Spend time in the Trading Room, analyzing real-time stock data on one of our 12 Bloomberg terminals - the same machines used in the financial sector. Beginning your junior year, you can gain further hands-on investment experience and make connections by managing the Cornhusker Fund. You may even get to see alumnus Warren Buffett, ‘51, speak by attending a Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.
Finance as a Minor
We encourage finance majors to minor (or double major) in accounting or economics. Our department helps you accomplish this by allowing the doublecounting of hours used to obtain a minor or double major.

If you’re a non-finance business major, adding finance as a minor can expand your expertise and make you more marketable.

Make an appointment in MyPlan to meet with an academic advisor and declare your minors.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

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