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Columbia College Bachelor's in Finance

Prepare to help manage finances.

Explore finance at Columbia College

A finance degree is ideal for students who want to work in corporate or personal financial management. Finance professionals take a broader view of an organization’s assets and liabilities.

You’ll gain a strong understanding of business theories and principles. Study economics, management, business ethics and information systems. Then, explore advanced finance as it relates to individuals, markets, corporations and institutions. Finance majors also select from electives including insurance, small business finance and federal incomes tax.

According to the NCES , “in 2016–17, the greatest numbers of degrees were conferred in the fields of business” . Your degree will be grounded in a liberal arts education, giving you advanced communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Opportunities to study:

  • Accounting
  • Corporate finance
  • Economics
  • Financial markets & institutions
  • Investments
  • Personal financial planning
  • Statistics
  • Strategic management

Prepare to work in finance

Financial professionals evaluate data, study trends and make recommendations to organizations and individuals regarding their finances. This may include educating clients about investment options, explaining financial services and helping plan for retirement and other life events.

You’ll graduate with an understanding of financial markets, instrumentation and investments.

Employment of finance-related occupations is expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some possible paths include:

  • Budget analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial analysis
  • Financial management
  • Financial services
  • Investor relations
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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
  • Core requirements 45 credit hours
  • Electives 9 credit hours
  • Multicultural requirements 6 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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