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Advice from Finance Majors

Monica Hubrich, May 2019 Graduate-Finance Major, Economics Second Major

“Make sure you get involved with something, whatever it is, to make connections with other people. I also strongly encourage asking lots of questions to different people along your academic journey to really get a feel for what type of job you are looking for."

Bailey Valencia, May 2019 Graduate-Finance Major, Healthcare Analytics Management Minor 

"Finance majors in their first year(s) should make sure they are understanding the principles/processes well before attempting to apply them to situations. What I wish I would have known as a freshman Finance major, I wish I would have known how many resources are available from Murphy Library in terms of financial literature (Wall Street Journal access for example)."

Taylor Greening, May 2019 Graduate-Finance Major, Management Second Major

"Take advantage of experiences and opportunities outside of the classroom. Internships, job shadowing, and simply talking to people in the financial industry will help you tremendously.”

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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


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 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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