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The Finance degrees at a glance

  • Topic areas include corporate finance, investments and financial institutions
  • Subtopics include risk and insurance, personal financial planning, international finance, equity valuation, financial modeling and real estate

Finance

Finance Major Advising Checklist

The Finance major provides an excellent mix of theoretical and practical knowledge. Students are exposed to a variety of teaching methods, ranging from lectures and group discussions to problem-solving case analysis and independent studies. The program provides a foundation in the primary financial areas of corporate finance, investments and financial institutions.

Courses include:

  • FIN 370 | Corporate Finance
  • FIN 380 | Principles of Investment
  • FIN 390 | Money and Capital Markets
  • FIN 485 | Problems and Cases in Finance
  • 9 Additional credits in finance and other selected business electives

Finance - Risk, Insurance, and Financial Planning (RIFP) Concentration

Finance RIFP Major Advising Checklist

Finance RIFP is designed to prepare students to enter the fields of insurance and personal financial planning. Students who choose to specialize in this area learn about treatment methods for risk, and the mechanism of insurance as a means of handling major risks in a business. Students are also introduced to the primary components of financial planning.

Courses include:

  • FIN 360 | Principles of Insurance
  • FIN 370 | Corporate Finance
  • FIN 380 | Principles of Investment
  • FIN 390 | Money and Capital Markets
  • FIN 407 | Advanced Financial Planning
  • FIN 485 | Problems and Cases in Finance
  • 3 Additional credits from selected business electives

Note: UW-La Crosse is one of the few schools in the nation to offer a major in Finance with a Risk, Insurance and Financial Planning concentration.

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Advice from Finance Majors

Johnny Komppa - May 2022 Graduate, Finance & Economics Major

"Prioritize getting to know both your professors and peers outside of the classroom. Oftentimes this results in meaningful friendships or relationships that could benefit your career in the future. Always take the opportunity to have a conversation with somebody who has been in your shoes."

Benjamin Hendel – May 2022 Graduate, Finance Major

"Be vulnerable to your classmates and teachers by asking a lot of questions. Everyone shares different perspectives, and you will learn a lot from each other once you make the effort. Prioritize gaining experience through internships and jobs during your four years. You will learn so much, and it will make you stand out when applying for jobs after graduation."

Rachel Rendall – May 2023 (expected) Graduate, Risk, Insurance, and Financial Planning Major

“Get involved as much as you can! Anything from joining business clubs or simply going to your professors' office hours can help you make some of the best connections with likeminded students and faculty. You may even find yourself acting as an executive member of a club and gaining valuable friendships and experience in the process!”

Emily Otto – May 2022 Graduate, Finance Major

"Visit your academic advisor, go to office hours, and utilize tutoring resources. There are so many opportunities available to help you succeed, take advantage of them! Also, you don't have to be perfect but always try your best. In the end, you'll make yourself very proud!"