Do you have a passion for investment? Do you think you have what it takes to manage a financial institution? Consider our Finance program, where you’ll learn financial planning skills, foreign-exchange risk management, and financial transactions, ranging from leasing to mergers and acquisitions. Also, continue your study in the CFP® Board Registered Program.
In our finance lab, students invest real money in real companies. The Trostle Investment Fund now exceeds $500,000 and outpaces the S&P 500 stock index almost every quarter! The fund is designed to provide Elizabethtown College students a real-world experience in the management of an investment company. Students create and manage a diversified portfolio of stocks that maximizes long-term expected returns with acceptable risk.
Our finance students placed ahead of several Ivy League schools in the Bloomberg Trading competition! Most recently, they placed first at the regional Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) competition in Philadelphia, and in the top 9% at the global CFA competition in New York.
Adam Saubel ’18
BA MAJOR (FINANCE CONCENTRATION)
Adam had the chance to do a full-time co-op internship with The Hershey Company in 2016. Adam worked for Hershey headquarters doing category strategy and insights, working on the convenience store channel making sales presentations for retailers and doing financial planning research for The Hershey Company Adam decided to study business administration at Etown as he wanted a small school environment in order to develop close relationships with his professors.
A Finance degree from a prestigious college in Pennsylvania will help you start a career anywhere across the nation. The finance major at Elizabethtown College is at the forefront of undergraduate finance education. Students majoring in finance obtain advanced skills in financial analysis and valuation, investments and asset allocation, security trading, banking, and risk management. Additionally, through extensive practical training in statistical analysis applications, financial databases, as well as communication and presentation skills, our finance graduates are well prepared to work with higher level multinational corporate managers, marketing and accounting professionals, and other clienteles who rely on finance expertise to enhance profitable decision making. Through engaging in a series of highly integrated Finance (B.S.) courses and real world learning experiences such as case studies, research challenges, finance and trading competitions, along with seminars and talks given by leading business executives, finance students at Elizabethtown College excel in professional certification exams, series exams, CFA programs, graduate studies, and their career pursuits.
Courses You Will Take:
- AC 101 - Introduction to Accounting
- EC 101 - Principles of Macroeconomics
- EC 102 - Principles of Microeconomics
- BA 265 - Management and Organizational Behavior
- FIN 325 - Corporate Finance
- FIN 327 - International Financial Management
- FIN 370 - Security Analysis - Stock Pitch Competition
- FIN 412 - Financial Derivatives
- FIN 415 - Applied Financial Analysis - CFA Research Challenge
- FIN 420 - Financial Institutions Management
- FIN 424 - Investments
- FIN 425 - Advanced Financial Management
We have a strong connection with our School of Business alumni and businesses in the local community and provide a number of networking opportunities for our students throughout the year. These networks also help our students to gain internship placements and jobs after graduation.
Sean Fiedler '18
BA major with a Finance Concentration
“Through the opportunities offered to me by the College and business department, I’ve been able to gain invaluable experience in the financial field.”
Fiedler worked with organizations such as Ameriprise Financial, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Pension System, SERS, and Emerald and has held positions such as an investment intern, small cap asset manager, and equity analyst intern. "Etown has set me up for success by providing me with the skills and tools to further my expertise and proficiency. I’ve been able to participate successfully in many finance competitions, such as the Bloomberg Trading Competition, a university competition in which 265 teams competed to earn the highest portfolio return over an eight-week period. Ultimately, our team placed 8th, and was one of the top performers among undergraduate teams."
Smart investing is the key to financial prosperity. By graduating with a finance degree from our College in the heart of south-central Pennsylvania, you’ll be the one holding this key. You’ll serve as the guide for corporations and individuals seeking greater security, prosperity, and growth. Finance major graduates have careers with prestigious banks, investment banking houses, asset management firms, brokerage firms, consulting firms, insurance firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. A Finance degree prepares you for a multitude of career possibilities. You could be a financial analyst and advise businesses on how best to reach their financial goals. Eventually you can grow your expertise to become a financial manager in charge of an entire company’s investment practices. If you like working with people, you could pursue a career in personal financial advising. Loan officers work with both companies and people seeking loans for a variety of purposes. Some other possible careers include financial controller, financial planner, financial services agent, or insurance underwriter.
Are you interested in a career in personal finance advising?
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Demand for this career will grow by 30% by 2024
- Median salary: $90,530 per year