Finance Major Specializations

  • Finance Major Specializations: Accounting
    If you find accounting to your liking, your services will be needed for your entire career. Accounting majors will be prepared to take the certified public accounting (CPA) exam upon completion of their degree. help individuals and businesses with their annual income tax returns. The IRS code is very complex and many people find tax return preparation overwhelming. As such, a finance major who specializes in accounting will be prepared to provide a much needed service to single individuals, families, and corporations upon completion of his or her degree.
  • Finance Major Specializations: Business Law
    A finance major will need to be familiar with at least the basics of business law. Business law basics and principles include the study of contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC); how international law relates to business; and conflict resolution, including mediation, arbitration, and litigation. More in-depth study may include laws applicable to different types of businesses, such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, and C or S corporations, or property and real estate laws. Students who complete a business law specialization typically begin employment with a business upon graduation or enter law school.
  • Finance Major Specializations: Financial Analysis And Management
    This specialization is best suited for a finance major who is interested in working with corporate finances or stocks, or someone who wishes to teach finance at the university level. This specialization studies the principles and methods of corporate finance. The study of stocks and bonds and the markets in which they are traded is an integral part of this specialization. Study of personal financial planning may also be included, so that a finance major of this type would be prepared to pursue a career in the personal financial services industry upon graduation.
  • Finance Major Specializations: Banking
    Not surprisingly, a finance major who chooses a specialization in banking will be best prepared for employment by a bank upon graduation. Units of study typically include the role of banks in the Federal Reserve, the history and regulation of banks, how banks gain a competitive edge over one another, tools and techniques banks use to manage their loan and securities portfolios, international banking, and trust operations.
  • Finance Major Specializations: Economics
    A finance major can sometimes choose to specialize in economics as part of the finance major, but a separate economics degree is more common. At the heart of any study in economics are the laws of supply and demand and how pricing of goods is based on those laws. The program may involve more in-depth study on topics such as international economics, economics and law, urban economics, or antitrust and competitive markets. Economics graduates are prepared to pursue careers in fields such as financial planning, investment analysis, or accounting, or they choose to pursue further study in economics.
  • Finance Major Specializations: Real Estate
    A finance major interested in buying and selling property for a living may want to seriously consider a specialization in real estate. Rudimentary accounting and finance courses are typically required before a student can begin real estate study in earnest. Real estate courses usually involve the study of real estate development and finance for both residential and commercial properties. In addition to required coursework, pursuit of a real estate internship is encouraged. This will provide you with a taste of real-world experience before you graduate, and may prove invaluable in landing that first job.

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Last Updated: 06/08/2014


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