Why Choose Finance?
Finance is the art and science of managing money. Today's financial managers play a critical role in the process of raising and spending money, whether it is in a corporate, government, or personal setting. Career opportunities in Finance are both numerous and exciting in our fast-paced global marketplace.
Finance offers both a major and a minor, and within the major there are two options: the Business Finance Option and the Personal Financial Planning Option. In addition, we offer a Certificate in Financial Planning. This opportunity is available to current students and individuals that already hold an undergraduate degree.
Business Finance focuses on decisions within corporations and financial institutions, whereas Financial Planning concentrates on the various aspects of personal financial planning including investing, personal budgeting, tax planning, retirement planning, estate planning, and insurance. The Finance faculty at WKU work closely with students in small classes, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom. The Finance curriculum includes hands-on opportunities and state-of-the-art technology.
There are several notes of distinction regarding our programs. First, our Personal Financial Planning option in the Finance major and our Certificate in Financial Planning program are registered with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board). As of December 2018, we are only one of three institutions in the state of Kentucky with Board registered degree programs! This registration confers a special advantage on our graduates.
Second, the WKU Finance Department is one of 25 programs in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) service region to be part of its Investment Challenge Program. As of December 2018, the student-managed investment portfolio was valued at over $470,000! Read more about our program under TVA Investment Challenge.
Third, the Gordon Ford College of Business holds dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting. The AACSB Accreditation is the world's highest standard of excellence in business education. Learn why AACSB accreditation matters.
If you have any questions about our programs, please contact the Department of Finance.