What is Finance?

Finance is a broad term that describes two related activities: the study of how money is managed and the actual process of acquiring needed funds. Because individuals, businesses and government entities all need funding to operate, the field is often separated into three sub-categories: personal finance, corporate finance, and public finance.

Why UM-Flint for my Finance Degree?

The finance major prepares students for professional careers in the fields of corporate finance, banking and financial institutions, and investment. The finance curriculum emphasizes developing an understanding of these three areas of finance through courses on forecasting, portfolio theory and security analysis, options and futures markets, accounting, money and banking, management of working capital, and management of financial institutions. Finance faculty members are available to consult with students wishing to pursue careers in any of the above-mentioned areas. 

EXPERT U-M FACULTY

Faculty teaching general business courses have practical work experience that enhances the online learning environment. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of teaching and mentorship experience.

Career Development Requirement

The University of Michigan-Flint School of Management (SOM) encourages students to engage in professional development activities outside the academic environment. In the Fall of 2019, SOM will require all students to participate in career development activities to enhance their employability skills.

Students will be required to participate in practical work experience and career development activities to earn 30 points prior to graduation. Students will be able to attend or participate in presentation, workshops, and seminars/online tutorials in the following areas:

  • Developing Networking Skills
  • Resume Writing Skills
  • Interview Skills
  • Job Search Skills 
  • Business Etiquette 
  • Job Shadowing 
  • Internship 

**Points can be accumulated for each event you attend from freshmen to senior year.

Double Major

You earn one degree with two different majors. The Finance major has core classes that overlap with Accounting, International Business, and Marketing. The Accounting and Marketing degree is offered 100% online or in the traditional format. Benefits of a double major:

  • Broader level of knowledge. Studying within two majors earn you a level of knowledge within two disciplines other students may not acquire. 
  •  More potential career paths.  By double majoring, you are more likely to be promoted to positions that require knowledge in multiples of functional areas.   
  • Double count courses toward your second major.  Students wishing to pursue a double major should consider majors that share courses between them.  If two majors share the same course, you only have to take that course once.  This reduces the number of courses needed to complete your second major. 

BBA Double Major for Finance

Number of Shared Courses

Accounting (1) Intermediate Accounting I or Financial Statement Analysis
International Business (3)  International Finance, Investments, Financial Engineering
Marketing

(1)  Business Conditions Analysis

Please refer to the online catalog for the BBA requirements.