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Finance

Available as a major or minor

Finance majors develop in-demand skills that enable them to analyze data and make sound decisions in a fast-moving economic landscape. Graduates join a workforce with numerous career paths, strong salary outlooks and a growing need for skilled financial professionals, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Our program offers a strong foundation in financial instruments, decision-making and ethics. Students then can choose between two tracks with different strategic focuses: corporate finance and personal financial planning.

Our personal financial planning track is a Certified Financial Planner Board Registered Program. That distinction means our graduates have met the education standards required to sit for the CFP® certification exam.

We also offer a major in economics-finance

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Curriculum & Courses

BUAD 142: Personal Financial Planning
BUAD 242: Investments
BUAD 342: Corporate Finance 

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What Makes Roanoke Different?

Since 2014, The Princeton Review has named Roanoke College one of the best colleges for business and finance majors in the United States.

Our innovative program offers two tracks that finance majors can choose from: corporate finance and personal financial planning. 

The design allows students to delve deeper into their primary field of interest, whether it’s large-scale corporate finance or personal financial advising and wealth management. 

Courses specific to the corporate finance track could include: Fixed Income & Derivatives, Money & Banking and International Trade & Finance. In personal financial planning, a sample of courses might be: Income Tax, Retirement & Estate Planning and Insurance & Risk Management.    

Both tracks offer a strong foundation in business knowledge, such as economics, accounting and management, and equip students for success with practical, relevant skillsets.

Learn by Doing

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Careers & Outcomes

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News

  • Dessa Gypalo '07 rose from a business administration and history double major at Roanoke College to chief data officer for the state of Illinois.

  • Roanoke College faculty have approved distinctive undergraduate majors in eight disciplines to meet student and workplace demand.  

  • The Business & Economics Department is rolling out new initiatives, including new majors, in a forward-thinking expansion of its programs for students.

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Financial professionals are trained in the complex work of safeguarding, managing and investing money. That can include banking procedures, investment management, accounting, securities, trust oversight or budgeting and financing. 

Our professors will guide you in developing crucial research and analysis skills that will equip you for success after graduation. 

Our program’s two tracks — corporate finance and personal financial planning — allow students to dive deeper into work that will prepare them to join either the world of large-scale corporate finance or the field of personal financial advising and wealth management. 

Our personal financial planning track is a Certified Financial Planner Board Registered Program. That distinction means our graduates have met the education standards required to sit for the CFP® certification exam

We offer a major (with choice of two tracks) and a minor in finance.