Train balanced graduates: That’s what we do.

Finance majors are prepared for the increasingly important area of financial management in businesses, firms, and financial institutions. A financial officer is responsible for activities such as raising and allocating funds, cost analysis, forecasting and budgeting, investment management, and formulating financial and credit operating policies.  

What  You’ll  Do     

As finance major at Southeast, you’ll start your journey toward a career in financial planning, investment banking, risk management, insurance and more. Your coursework and experiential learning experiences will prepare you with problem-solving skills employers seek. You’ll also:  

  • Attend student finance conferences and visit financial institutions such as the Chicago Board of Trade, the Federal Reserve and the Mercantile Exchange. 
  • Manage a “real money” portfolio. 
  • Work closely with qualified, award-winning faculty in a small class environment. 
  • Gain global experience with more than 30 study-abroad programs offered with the Harrison College of Business. 
  • Gain experience at Southeast’s Center for Economic and Business Research, which provides undergraduate students with experience conducting and publishing economics research. Operated by Southeast faculty and advised by professionals in the industry, theThe center develops research, publishes a quarterly newsletter, and hosts meetings to promote economic development in the state of Missouri.

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Outcomes & Careers

  • $96k

    Financial Analyst

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a financial analyst is $96.220.  

  • $45k


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a bookkeeper is $45,860.  


  • $65k

    Loan Officer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for loan officer is $65,740.  




Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

What You'll Study

Degree Map

As a finance major, you’ll learn financial management and financial planning. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours. 

Business Administration Core – 30 Hours Required

A grade of ‘C’ is required in each core course.

  • AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • AC222 Principles of Accounting II (3)
  • BA101 The Business Universe (3)
  • BA490 Business Policy and Strategy (3)
  • BL255 Business Law (3)
  • FI361 Financial Management (3)
  • MG301 Principles of Management (3)
  • MI375 Management Information Systems (3)
  • MK301 Principles of Marketing (3)
Choose 3 hours:*
  • AC540 International Perspectives of Accounting (3)
  • BA560 Topics in International Business (3)
  • BL560 International Business Law (3)
  • EC580 International Economics (3)
  • FI540 International Finance (3)
  • MG560 International Management (3)
  • MK560 International Marketing (3)

* International Course taken to meet Business Administration Core requirement may not be counted on a major.

Support Courses – 27 Hours Required

Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements. A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each support course.

  • BA252 Business Communication (2)
  • BA452 Professionalism (1)
  • EC215 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • EC225 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • EN140 Rhetoric and Critical Thinking (3)
  • MA116 Precalculus A OR MA123 Mathematical Reasoning and Modeling (3)
  • MI101 Intro to Computer Applications (3)
  • QM257 Business Analytics I (3)
  • QM258 Business Analytics II (3)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)

Finance Major Courses (33 Hours) – No Minor Required

Required courses:*
  • FI362 Advanced Financial Management (3)
  • FI364 Modern Financial Institutions (3)
  • FI368 Investments (3)
  • FI480 Financial Policy (3)
Choose 3 hours:
  • EC351 Applied Economics Models (3)
  • EC490 Business Forecasting (3)
Choose 12 hours:
  • FI351 Principles of Insurance (3)
  • FI363 Entrepreneurial Finance (3)
  • FI365 Real Estate Principles and Practices (3)
  • FI473 Internship in Finance (3)
  • FI475 Futures Seminar (3)
  • FI493 Independent Study in Finance (1-3)
  • FI540 International Finance (3)
  • FI568 Portfolio Seminar (3)
3 of the above 12 hours may be from the following:
  • AC321 Financial Accounting and Reporting I (3)
  • EC335 Money and Banking (3)
  • EC410 Macroeconomic Theory (3)

Choose 6 hours:

  • AC/BA/BL/EC/ER/FA/FI/HA/HM/MG/MI/MK/QM 300-599 (3-6)
  • CS/CY 100-599 (3-6)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional Requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics Examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (13 Hours)    
  • UI100 (1)    
  • EN100 (3)  
  • BA101 (3)  
  • MA116 or MA123 (3)    
  • MI101 (3)   
Spring Semester (15 Hours)    
  • EN140 (3)    
  • SC105 (3)     
  • General Education (3)    
  • General Education (3)    
  • General Education (3)    

Milestone: Achieve a minimum 2.25 overall GPA   

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (17 Hours)    
  • AC221 (3)   
  • BA252 (2)     
  • EC215(3)    
  • QM257 (3) 
  • General Education (3)    
  • General Education (3)    
Spring Semester (18 Hours)    
  • AC222 (3)    
  • BL255 (3)    
  • EC225 (3)    
  • QM258 (3)  
  • General Education (3)   
  • General Education (3)   

Milestone: Achieve a minimum 2.25 overall GPA   

Summer courses are encouraged to avoid 18 hour semesters.

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (13 Hours)    
  • BA452 (1) 
  • FI361 (3)    
  • MG301 (3) 
  • MK301 (3) 
  • General Education (3)    
Spring Semester (15 Hours)    
  • EC490 or EC351 (3)    
  • FI362 (3) 
  • MI375 (3) 
  • Finance Elective (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Maintain a 2.25 overall GPA and 2.25 major GPA 

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)    
  • FI364 (3)  
  • FI368 (3) 
  • Finance Elective (3)    
  • International Course (3)    
  • Elective (3)
Spring Semester (14 Hours)    
  • BA490 (3)    
  • FI480(3)  
  • Finance Elective (3)  
  • Finance Elective (3)    
  • Elective (2)    

Milestone: Maintain a 2.25 overall GPA and 2.25 major GPA   

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.


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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

Accelerated Master’s Degree

Southeast offers an accelerated master’s degree for current students. You can get both undergraduate and graduate credit for some 500 level courses, meaning you can graduate with an MBA sooner.

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