Balance practical career knowledge with abstract thinking in economics and finance classes. Balance practical career knowledge with abstract thinking in economics and finance classes. Balance practical career knowledge with abstract thinking in economics and finance classes. Balance practical career knowledge with abstract thinking in economics and finance classes. Balance practical career knowledge with abstract thinking in economics and finance classes.

School of Business & Entrepreneurship

Department of Accounting and Finance

Finance

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Why pursue a finance degree at North Central College?

We’ve carefully balanced finance degree courses that develop practical career knowledge with a business core that creates a broad set of skills that employers value. With this business finance degree under your belt, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running whether you find yourself in the field of corporate finance, investments, wealth management, financial services, financial management, law or government.

Not all finance colleges or finance programs are created equal. At North Central College, we prepare each and every student that goes through our bachelor's degree in finance with all the education and life experience they need to succeed in a career of banking and finance. Whether you take a job in financial planning, international finance, or investment banking, we make sure all of our finance students are as prepared as possible upon graduation.

You can also:

  • Simulate trades and access thousands of proprietary reports and data screens in the Bloomberg Finance Lab, where 10 workstations are equipped with the Bloomberg Terminal software, the iconic dual monitors and Bloomberg’s unique keyboards. When going through our finance program, you can also choose to become “Bloomberg certified” by completing a series of modules that cover economic theory, economic indicators, currencies, fixed income vehicles, options, equities and more.
  • Join the Finance Club and participate in networking events, attend guest speaker and panel presentations, and visit the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Board of Options, and the Federal Reserve.
  • Participate in the Student-Managed Investment Fund to research investments, recommend investment options, and manage a real portfolio’s risk and returns.
  • Prepare to sit for CFA Level 1 exam as North Central curriculum meets requirement to be a CFA Program Affiliated University
  • Compete for internships and job opportunities arranged through faculty, alumni and our Career Development office.
  • Learn about personal finance and work with local high schools through the Center for Financial Literacy

More Department information
 

Finance, B.B.A.

Finance broadly emphasizes the study of financial instruments, institutions and markets. Graduates are employed in a wide variety of careers including financial analysis, financial advising, financial instrument investment and portfolio management and insurance. Finance professionals work for investment banking firms, private firms, governmental units and not-for-profit organizations.

The finance major requirements provide a substantial portion of the content coverage for the level 1 examination in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. In addition to the required finance courses and common SBE core, students interested in obtaining the CFA designation are encouraged to complete additional finance, economics and accounting electives.

For additional information and courses in this program, see .

Major Requirements

  • SBEN 100 - Globalization and Society

    SBEN 100 - Globalization and Society

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course identifying the role of the business institution in our society, how business behavior is shaped and influenced by its stakeholders-managers, consumers, employees, government and community members. Key topics include: business systems, corporate governance, the business and society relationship, business and public issues, ethical dilemmas in business, corporate social responsibilities in relation to stakeholders, globalization, ecological and sustainability issues and the influence of technology on business and society.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, Global Understanding.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ACCT 201 - Financial Accounting

    ACCT 201 - Financial Accounting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to accounting principles and procedures as they are employed in the communication of financial information to various users, such as management, stockholders and government agencies. Topics include accounting for assets, liabilities, owner's equity and other reporting issues.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ACCT 202 - Managerial Accounting

    ACCT 202 - Managerial Accounting

    4.00 credit hours

    Analysis of accounting for managerial decision-making, planning and control. Topics include budgeting, variance analysis, traditional and nontraditional product costing methods and cost-volume profit analysis.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ACCT 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUSN 205 - Business Law and Ethics

    BUSN 205 - Business Law and Ethics

    4.00 credit hours

    Surveys the major aspects of the law governing business and commerce including the domestic and international legal environment, the range of dispute resolution processes, legal liability including torts and negligence, contracts, employment law including employment discrimination, business entities, commercial transactions and intellectual property—all with particular emphasis on business ethics and ethical decision making.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUSN 265 - Business and Economics Statistics

    BUSN 265 - Business and Economics Statistics

    4.00 credit hours

    Provides an overview of basic statistics as it applies to business. The focus is on learning statistical concepts by applying analytical reasoning to business applications. Examples illustrating the relevance of statistics to broad areas of business are used. The course requires students to use spreadsheet programs, statistical programs, the Internet and other computer tools in analyzing statistics. The focus is on application of the material and on solving problems. Only one of BUSN 265 and PSYC 250 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUSN 485 - Business Strategy

    BUSN 485 - Business Strategy

    4.00 credit hours

    The capstone course requirement for all business majors. As befits a capstone, student skills in business strategy are developed in a highly integrative manner such that students use knowledge and frameworks from all functional areas of business to develop a holistic perspective of firms and competitive advantage. The knowing component of this course is focused on theoretical knowledge and frameworks applied in the critical analysis of business case studies. The doing component of this course centers on an online simulation where students compete to run a successful business.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350, MGMT 305, MKTG 300 and Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECON 200 - Principles of Microeconomics

    ECON 200 - Principles of Microeconomics

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the theory of consumer choice, social and individual welfare, the behavior of business firms and market structure, and other applied microeconomic topics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECON 205 - Principles of Macroeconomics

    ECON 205 - Principles of Macroeconomics

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to macroeconomic theory, with emphasis on factors which explain changes in national income, unemployment and inflation. Other topics include money and banking, fiscal and monetary policies, distribution of income and economic crises.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher; ECON 200 recommended.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 350 - Corporate Finance

    FINA 350 - Corporate Finance

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to corporate financial management. Topics include financial statement analysis, discounted cash flow analysis, bond and stock valuation, common stock/debt financing, risk and return, cost of capital, and capital budgeting.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ACCT 201 and ECON 200; BUSN 265 or MATH 152 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MGMT 305 - Management and Organizational Behavior

    MGMT 305 - Management and Organizational Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    Provides a formal overview of why organizations exist and how they operate within the context of society. Basic management issues such as the structure of organizations are explored. In many cases management topics are covered in a generic manner that can be applied to any organization. Other issues are addressed with specific applications to certain firms. This course examines our role as individuals as it pertains to organizations. It is generally meant to provide a framework to analyze organizations that exist in the U.S. but will also cover some international topics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BUSN 265 and ECON 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MKTG 300 - Principles of Marketing

    MKTG 300 - Principles of Marketing

    4.00 credit hours

    Presents an overview of Marketing as a principle, a discipline, and as a profession. Students examine all elements of Marketing including integrated promotional strategies, consumer behavior, and ethics and social responsibility. Emphasis is placed on the Marketing Mix (Product, Place, Promotion and Price) as students design and implement a comprehensive marketing plan.

    Prerequisite(s)

    SBEN 100 and ECON 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

Finance Courses

  • FINA 370 - Wealth Management

    FINA 370 - Wealth Management

    4.00 credit hours

    A broad-based course on personal financial planning and wealth management. Topics include financial planning, tax management, housing decision, insurance planning, personal investment, professional ethics and conduct, retirement and estate planning.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 400 - Investments and Portfolio Management

    FINA 400 - Investments and Portfolio Management

    4.00 credit hours

    Study of topics related to investment tools and portfolio management including fundamental analysis, technical analysis, stock and bond valuations, portfolio analysis, efficient market hypothesis, and international financial markets.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 425 - Financial Institutions

    FINA 425 - Financial Institutions

    4.00 credit hours

    The study of measuring and managing the risks faced by financial institutions. Topics include the organizational and regulatory structure of the financial services industry.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 475 - Derivatives: Markets, Pricing and Applications

    FINA 475 - Derivatives: Markets, Pricing and Applications

    4.00 credit hours

    Students learn about financial derivatives and their use in managing risk and creating leverage. Topics include American options, forwards, futures and swaps. Emphasis is on applying learned strategies to control risk or leverage returns arising from fluctuating stock prices, interest rates, exchange rates and commodity prices.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two of the following:
  • FINA 385 - International Finance

    FINA 385 - International Finance

    2.00 credit hours

    This course examines global financial market activities, including topics such as exchange rate determination and its effects, international arbitrage, interest rate and purchasing power parity, forecasting exchange rate, measuring and managing exchange rate risk, and multinational capital budgeting.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 450 - Advanced Corporate Finance

    FINA 450 - Advanced Corporate Finance

    2.00 credit hours

    Study of advanced corporate finance related theories and practices. The topics are cash flow estimation and risk analysis, capital structure, distribution for shareholders, and working capital management.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 460 - Forecasting and Valuation

    FINA 460 - Forecasting and Valuation

    2.00 credit hours

    Application of econometric models to detect and replicate patterns in time series business and economic data. The course covers forecasting trends, forecasting seasonality, forecasting cycles, forecasting volatility, and contemporary forecasting methods.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350 and BUSN 265.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 480 - Statistical Applications in Finance

    FINA 480 - Statistical Applications in Finance

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to coding in a programming language(s) used in Quantitative Finance. Topics include from data handling, data visualization, data analysis and financial modelling.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

Finance Minor

The Finance Minor introduces students to key and core aspects of the financial markets, investments and financial institutions. A minor in finance is appropriate for a wide-range of student majors and can provide the basis for continued graduate study in finance at the masters' degree-level or a Master of Business Administration.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Accounting and Finance .

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 28 credit hours, including:

  • ACCT 201 - Financial Accounting

    ACCT 201 - Financial Accounting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to accounting principles and procedures as they are employed in the communication of financial information to various users, such as management, stockholders and government agencies. Topics include accounting for assets, liabilities, owner's equity and other reporting issues.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECON 200 - Principles of Microeconomics

    ECON 200 - Principles of Microeconomics

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the theory of consumer choice, social and individual welfare, the behavior of business firms and market structure, and other applied microeconomic topics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUSN 265 - Business and Economics Statistics

    BUSN 265 - Business and Economics Statistics

    4.00 credit hours

    Provides an overview of basic statistics as it applies to business. The focus is on learning statistical concepts by applying analytical reasoning to business applications. Examples illustrating the relevance of statistics to broad areas of business are used. The course requires students to use spreadsheet programs, statistical programs, the Internet and other computer tools in analyzing statistics. The focus is on application of the material and on solving problems. Only one of BUSN 265 and PSYC 250 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 350 - Corporate Finance

    FINA 350 - Corporate Finance

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to corporate financial management. Topics include financial statement analysis, discounted cash flow analysis, bond and stock valuation, common stock/debt financing, risk and return, cost of capital, and capital budgeting.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ACCT 201 and ECON 200; BUSN 265 or MATH 152 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

Finance Electives

Twelve credit hours from the following:

  • FINA 370 - Wealth Management

    FINA 370 - Wealth Management

    4.00 credit hours

    A broad-based course on personal financial planning and wealth management. Topics include financial planning, tax management, housing decision, insurance planning, personal investment, professional ethics and conduct, retirement and estate planning.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 385 - International Finance

    FINA 385 - International Finance

    2.00 credit hours

    This course examines global financial market activities, including topics such as exchange rate determination and its effects, international arbitrage, interest rate and purchasing power parity, forecasting exchange rate, measuring and managing exchange rate risk, and multinational capital budgeting.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 400 - Investments and Portfolio Management

    FINA 400 - Investments and Portfolio Management

    4.00 credit hours

    Study of topics related to investment tools and portfolio management including fundamental analysis, technical analysis, stock and bond valuations, portfolio analysis, efficient market hypothesis, and international financial markets.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 425 - Financial Institutions

    FINA 425 - Financial Institutions

    4.00 credit hours

    The study of measuring and managing the risks faced by financial institutions. Topics include the organizational and regulatory structure of the financial services industry.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 450 - Advanced Corporate Finance

    FINA 450 - Advanced Corporate Finance

    2.00 credit hours

    Study of advanced corporate finance related theories and practices. The topics are cash flow estimation and risk analysis, capital structure, distribution for shareholders, and working capital management.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 460 - Forecasting and Valuation

    FINA 460 - Forecasting and Valuation

    2.00 credit hours

    Application of econometric models to detect and replicate patterns in time series business and economic data. The course covers forecasting trends, forecasting seasonality, forecasting cycles, forecasting volatility, and contemporary forecasting methods.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350 and BUSN 265.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 475 - Derivatives: Markets, Pricing and Applications

    FINA 475 - Derivatives: Markets, Pricing and Applications

    4.00 credit hours

    Students learn about financial derivatives and their use in managing risk and creating leverage. Topics include American options, forwards, futures and swaps. Emphasis is on applying learned strategies to control risk or leverage returns arising from fluctuating stock prices, interest rates, exchange rates and commodity prices.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FINA 480 - Statistical Applications in Finance

    FINA 480 - Statistical Applications in Finance

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to coding in a programming language(s) used in Quantitative Finance. Topics include from data handling, data visualization, data analysis and financial modelling.

    Prerequisite(s)

    FINA 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

Finance Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

Finance majors have numerous internship opportunities. The following are some examples of recent internship experiences:

  • Financial services intern, Wachovia, Naperville, IL
  • Mortgage lender, Aspen Mortgage Corporation, Naperville, IL
  • Retirement planning, Northwestern Mutual, Lombard, IL
  • Financial advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Naperville, IL
  • Financial anaylst, Calamos Investments, Naperville, IL

Careers

Companies recently hiring finance majors:

  • Allstate
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Edward Jones
  • Exelon
  • FCB Banks
  • Ford Motors
  • Groupon
  • Hub Group
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Navistar
  • Northern Trust Bank
  • Walgreens

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