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Finance (B.S.)

B.S., Finance

Eberly College of Business and Information Tech.

What You’ll Do

Money is handled in increasingly complex ways in our society, and mistakes in investment strategies can have devastating consequences. As a Finance major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need to make wise and profitable financial decisions in a global business environment.

Among the classes you’ll take are Accounting Principles I and II, Legal Environment of Business, Fundamentals of Finance, Business Policy, Principles of Marketing, Production and Operations Management, Business Statistics, Financial Analysis Using Electronic Spreadsheets, Principles of Investments, Insurance and Risk Management, Financial Institutions and Markets, and Corporate Finance.

Our faculty are well educated in many aspects of the financial world and can provide you with the real-world knowledge necessary for success in finance-related careers. You can also gain hands-on experience through internship opportunities, the Student Managed Investment Portfolio (SMIP), Bloomberg certification, and CFA and ACG competitions.

What You’ll Become

The Bachelor of Science degree in Finance prepares you to pursue job opportunities in the areas of corporate and personal financial management, banking, insurance, other financial institutions, and investments. You may pursue a career as a financial planner; a broker of stocks, bonds, and commodities; an insurance agent; a wealth management, investment, or credit officer; a real estate agent; or a project manager. You may also seek employment with the federal government, for example, at the FDIC, Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, or Internal Revenue Service.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2006 to 2016.  The report adds that employment of financial analysts and personal financial advisors is expected to grow by 37 percent from 2006 to 2016.

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Special Features

  • Through the Small Business Institute at IUP, business students work under the close supervision of faculty members to assist clients with accounting systems, market studies, computer system installation, business planning, and operations management.
  • IUP offers an Entrepreneur-in-Training camp to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and even to graduating seniors. The weeklong, commuter camp exposes those who aspire to business leadership to a variety of business concepts. These include leadership, business planning, and financial management.
  • The IUP ExcEL Center (Excellence in Entrepreneurial Leadership Center) provides students with opportunities to pursue an entrepreneurial path while in college.
  • Business majors can be involved in a variety of student organizations, including International Business Association, Management Association, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Gamma Nu, Pi Omega Pi, Student Accounting Association, Society for Human Resource Management, Students in Free Enterprise, and Student Marketing Association.