1. What is the Finance major?
2. What skills are developed within this major?
3. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
4. Where can I get more information about the Finance major?
Majoring in Finance provides an understanding of financial decisions made by corporations and how capital markets work. Students gain the skills and knowledge to value cash flows and assets, analyze the financial performance of firms, determine strategies to enhance the value of the firm, analyze portfolios, value financial securities, and understand domestic and international capital markets.
The Finance major in the Schools of Business prepares students for careers in corporate finance and financial services. Financial services includes portfolio management, investment banking and commercial banking, and financial consulting. The major emphasizes an in-depth concentration in finance, supported by applied statistics and accounting beyond the introductory level, which is critical in a global environment. The Finance major is also one of the gateway majors to the one-year Master of Science in Accountancy degree.
The Finance major emphasizes the integration of financial economics, accounting and applied statistics to provide students a framework with which to understand a complex financial landscape. Graduates are encouraged to pursue a certification such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
For students to be optimally prepared in a competitive economic environment, it is strongly recommended that students pursue an internship during the summer between the junior and senior year.
Skills developed within this major include: Communication (oral and written); Analytical skills; Data analysis; Technical skills; Financial modeling; Accuracy; Interpersonal skills; Decision-making; Critical thinking; and quantitative and qualitative skills.
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