Minor in Finance
Understanding the basic principles of finance will serve you well in a business career. As a business major at Marian University, you can add a minor in finance to your studies and be even more marketable upon graduation.
With a finance minor to complement your accounting, business analytics, marketing, or management degree, you will differentiate yourself from other job applicants without a finance background. It can also make you a more attractive candidate in the eyes of many hiring managers.
Why choose a minor in finance at Marian?
Understanding how to analyze financial data, make well-informed financial decisions, and effectively maximize financial resources to manage business operations is an important skill that complements career paths ranging from the corporate world to nonprofit organizations.
As a finance minor, you should have an interest in learning about the “big picture” of business. You’ll study a range of financial topics, like:
- How to analyze financial data, financial modeling, and financial advising
- Sound, ethical approaches for managing investment portfolios
- The state of the national economy and its impact on stock and real estate markets
- Best practices for managing risk
- Using venture capital to expand business operations
Our high-impact, experiential finance curriculum gives you significant business experience from your first day of classes. You’ll get hands on-opportunities to invest real dollars through a student-managed venture fund and to collaborate with local business and civic leaders on financial planning and management projects. Along the way, you’ll learn valuable skills that will help you manage your personal finances wisely and plan a secure future.
What will you study?
Our finance courses are intentionally designed to help you develop essential analytical and critical thinking skills while building broad foundational knowledge about the world of finance.
To earn our 24-credit finance minor, you’ll complete courses including:
- BUS 209: Quantitative Analysis of Business
- FIN 111: Personal Finance
- FIN 311: Advanced Corporate Finance
- ACC 250: Intro to Financial and Managerial Accounting
You’ll also complete six elective credits, choosing from courses like:
- FIN 350: Money and Banking
- FIN 352: Public Finance
- FIN 357: Risk and Insurance
- FIN 358: Student-Managed Venture Fund
- ACC 430: Federal Taxation I
What are your career paths?
With a major in business and a minor in finance, you’ll have excellent prospects for a dynamic career. Depending on your major, these are some of the jobs you could pursue with a finance minor:
|Major ||Minor ||Career options |
|Accounting ||Finance ||Financial analyst, personal financial advisor, financial examiner, loan officer, risk and compliance manager, or commercial and consumer banking specialist |
|Business analytics ||Finance ||Operations research analyst, database administrator, supply chain or logistics manager, production planning manager |
|Finance ||Financial manager, management analyst, administrative services manager, business manager, operations manager |
|Marketing ||Finance ||Sales director, business development manager, account executive, market researcher, brand manager, or fundraising manager |
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here are employment projections for some of those occupations.
|Occupation ||Growth through 2026 ||Median salary (2016) |
|Sales manager ||7 percent ||$117,960 |
|Administrative services manager ||10 percent ||$90,050 |
|Fundraising manager ||10 percent ||$107,320 |
|Database administrator ||10 percent ||$84,950 |
|Financial analyst ||11 percent ||$81,760 |
|Loan officer ||11 percent ||$63,650 |
|Management analyst ||14 percent ||$81,330 |
|Personal financial advisor ||15 percent ||$90,530 |
|Financial manager ||19 percent ||$121,750 |
|Operations research analyst ||27 percent ||$79,200 |