Finance (B.S. or B.A.)

Prem Mathew, Finance Program Coordinator, 541-737-6030 or

Finance major specific requirements


The goal of the finance program at OSU is to provide a professionally oriented program to prepare students for successful careers in institutional finance which includes careers in banking, brokerage, insurance, and other financial fields.

Individuals entering a career with a financial institution have many opportunities open to them.  A large number of persons going into banking select career paths in either operations or lending.  Within the lending area, persons can specialize in installment credit lending to consumers of durable goods, mortgage lending to home builders and buyers, or commercial lending to help finance the growth of business firms.

Men and women entering the securities industry find careers as stock and bond brokers, security analysts, or portfolio managers.  Individuals choosing the area of insurance typically enter company operations through either claims or underwriting positions. Those with sales positions can choose to work either with corporations or individuals as a client base.  In addition, many persons decide to work for the government as finance personnel in charge of revenue and expenditure programs.

Financial managers engage in many activities designed to ensure the efficient utilization of an individual's or organization's capital resources. The finance field involves

the management of funds in our economic system. Because financial managers deal with other people's money, finance is a career choice for individuals who enjoy working with people and who desire challenging assignments.

The B.S./B.A. in Finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s)incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provides students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions themwell to sit for the CFA exams.


Advances in computer technology have made the subject of finance more rigorous and analytical.  As a result, individuals who study finance must possess a knowledge of statistical and quantitative methods, systems analysis, and computer applications in addition to finance and accounting skills.

Your freshman through junior years will be largely confined completing the OSU baccalaureate core and the Business Core (see Requirements.)  These courses are required of all Business students. Finance courses start FALL your JUNIOR year.  Students should review the Finance major specific requirements.  Beginning with winter 2010 all pro school applications will be for the finance major. 

Enrichment Activities

Participating in finance-specific "enrichment" activities enables you to expand your understanding and build your skills beyond the classroom.  The Finance Club hosts a variety of functions that put you face-to-face with potential employers.  The Investment Club invites you to become an investor in the equity markets.  Being active in these experiential learning activities helps increase the opportunities of finding a job after graduation.