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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:
- Corporate finance
- Financial markets & institutions
- Personal financial planning
- 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
Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.
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Available program formats
- General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
- Core requirements 45 credit hours
- Electives 9 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Analysis of financial and accounting information and its impact on financial decision-making and profit planning. Topics include: financial planning and control tools, leverage and capital structure, investment banking, dividend policy, corporate restructuring, risk management and international financial management. Prerequisites: ACCT 281; MATH-110 or MATH 150; FINC 350.
An introductory investment course designed to teach students how to make personal investing decisions for their own investment portfolio with special consideration given to the management of employer-sponsored retirement plans. Prerequisite: ACCT 281.
Management Science is a discipline that integrates mathematical modeling and quantitative analysis into the managerial decision-making process. The goal of the course is to provide students with a background in mathematical modeling to augment their problem-solving skills. Prerequisites: MATH 110 or MATH 150 or MATH 170; MATH 250 or PSYC/SOCI/BIOL 224.
Survey of principles for providing value to consumers by segmenting and selecting target markets, assessing consumer needs, conducting marketing research, selling and servicing, and developing products and services all amidst the marketing environment.
Basic concepts and practices found in modern insurance and other methods of handling risk.
An introduction to the finance function within a small business. The focus is on the acquisition and management of capital from inception through growth. Emphasis is on the use of key financial management tools. Prerequisite: ACCT 280.
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