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The goal of any financial system is to allocate monetary resources to those individuals, companies and governmental units that have the best ideas for usage. The study of finance focuses on the organization and development of capital markets and financial institutions in achieving the optimal usage of funds. As a finance student, you might want to examine how conflict of interest affects managerial performance, how risk influences investment decisions or how investor psychology can impact the price of stocks and bonds. The finance faculty offer strong support for the exploration of such topics and the curriculum is designed to prepare students in areas of high employment demand.


Finance Major

All undergraduate finance majors are required to complete the major core coursework in addition to their track option: FINA 363 Investment Principles, FINA 365 Financial Institutions and Markets, FINA 367 Fixed Income Investments, FINA 461 Advanced Finance, and FINA 475 Strategic Financial Analysis. All students, regardless of their major or option will take Finance 361 as part of the Business Core Intermediate requirements.

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In addition to the Core Requirements, students will complete 9-12 hours of course work for the major option.

All majors must take an International Business Course. Students in General Finance, who use FINA 450 to satisfy this requirement may also count it as part of the major. For students in the CFA® - Investments or Banking and Risk Management Options, FINA 450 will count as an elective.

Note: FINA 399/499 may NOT be counted toward the major, options, or minor

CFA® – Investments Option (12 hours)

CFA Program Partner of the CFA Institute

The CFA® - Investments Option is a technical program designed to immerse students in the science of the management of financial assets. UNL's Finance Department is a CFA® Program Partner. The course material covered in this option meets the requirements of the Chartered Financial Analysts Program Partnership and includes year-long portfolio management course with students investing real dollar funds. Students completing this option would be expected to sit for the Level I, CFA® exam. The CFA Application can be accessed here.

  • FINA 097, Ethics Assessment course for the CFA Track in Finance
  • FINA 375, Financial Statement Analysis
  • FINA 467, Options, Futures and Other Derivative Securities
  • FINA 468, Portfolio Practicum I
  • FINA 469, Portfolio Practicum II

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Banking and Risk Management Option (9 hours)

The Banking and Risk Management Option is designed to prepare motivated students for positions of responsibility in the financial services industry and in corporate risk management. Course work emphasizes the financial decision making process within the value enhancing enterprise risk management framework. Students learn risk management tools and processes as well as risk governance for decision making under uncertainty. This option provides excellent opportunities for critical thinking and brings real-world experiences and perspective to the classroom.

  • 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

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General Finance Option (9 hours)

The General Finance Option allows a student to pursue a broad range of interests in the finance field. Students can select from courses in Real Estate, International Finance and Insurance and Investments. A solid understanding of the basic finance function is provided with this option that prepares students for entry-level positions in the management and operation of public, private, and nonprofit financial organizations.

3 hours of 300/400 level finance courses or one of the following:

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

6 hours of 400 level finance courses

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Minor Requirements

Finance majors are encouraged to minor (or double major) in accounting or economics. The finance department does not prohibit the double-counting of hours used to obtain a minor or double major.

Finance course work used for this minor cannot be double counted toward business core foundation (BCF) intermediate (BCI) or advanced-major (BCA-M; BCA-A) degree, for another major, or any other business minor requirements.

All course work for the minor must be taken for a grade.

FINA 399/499 may NOT be used toward the minor.

Finance as a Minor

Non-finance CBA majors are encouraged to consider minoring in finance.

To fulfill the requirements for a finance minor, students must complete 12 hours of the following:

  • FINA 338, Principles of Corporate Risk Management or FINA 363, Investment Principles
  • FINA 365, Financial Institutions and Markets
  • 3 hours of 300/400 level finance course work
  • 3 hours of 400 level finance course work

Career Paths

Banking and Risk Management

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

CFA – Investments

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

General Finance

  • 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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