- Degrees Available:
- Major: Yes
- Minor: Yes
- Graduate Degree: Yes
- Campus: Macomb
- Study Opportunities:
Undergraduate Majors, Minors & Programs of Study
Finance develops skills and knowledge necessary for the management of money - it is concerned with the transfer of money between individuals, business, and government. At WIU, Finance majors learn to make sound decisions in the constantly shifting modern business environment.
Through a foundation of coursework in financial institutions and management, investment policy, insurance and risk management and real estate, Finance majors have excellent prospects for careers in financial institutions, brokerage and investment firms, and corporate or government agencies.
Why Finance at WIU?
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. As an example, Professor of Finance Don T. Johnson was the 2005 recipient of the Provost’s Award of Excellence in Research as the top performing faculty member at WIU in the area of research.
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.