"From the beginning, I knew Western was the right decision for me...The professors get to know each student individually and work with them to accomplish their goals" -- Heather Hall, Senior

The Finance major develops the skills and knowledge necessary for the management of money for businesses or individuals. The Finance major has the opportunity to specialize in corporate financial management, financial institutions, investments, real estate, or risk management.

Students interested in the Finance major should enjoy working with numbers, conducting analyses, creating solutions, and communicating recommendations.

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Possible Careers

  • Financing Administration
  • Management
  • Investment policy
  • Insurance
  • Risk management
  • Real estate

Why Choose Finance at WIU?

Quality Faculty

WIU Finance professors have a strong reputation as excellent teachers and scholars. Student feedback on faculty consistently praises WIU Finance professors for their knowledge and experience in finance, their ability to communicate with students, and their approachability. WIU Finance professors also publish in leading finance journals and have held national leadership positions in Finance organizations.

Breadth and Depth of Available Classes

The curriculum for a Finance major starts with a core of five required Finance classes: Financial Management I, Principles of Real Estate, Financial Institutions and Markets, Risk Management and Insurance, and Investments. These courses provide Finance majors with a breadth of knowledge in all areas of finance. Finance majors can then choose from a range of advanced electives that allow for preparation in specific areas such as banking, corporate finance, investments, real estate, and risk management. Each of these areas has at least two additional elective courses that allows you to obtain the depth of knowledge in a specific area of finance and to meet your specific career goals.

Small Class Sizes

Classes for Finance majors are capped at 35 students, with many upper division Finance classes capped at 25 students. All Finance classes are taught by faculty (no teaching assistants) with over 70% of all classes taught by professors with a doctorate in the field. At WIU, classes are small enough that our Finance professors know our students by name in nearly all classes.

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At A Glance

  • Degrees Available: Bachelor of Business, Integrated Master of Business Administration
  • Minor: Yes
  • Graduate Degree: Yes
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities: GradTrac, Honors


Accounting & Finance
Stipes Hall 431
1 University Drive
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1152
Fax: (309) 298-1039

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