(Bachelor of Business Administration)

The Finance major at UW-Green Bay is designed to provide future financial professionals with practical and theoretical knowledge of various financial components, such as investments, corporate finance, capital markets, banking, risk management, international financial management, and personal financial planning. Graduates from the Finance program will be prepared to work as financial analysts, financial managers, financial advisors, security analysts, portfolio managers, insurance underwriters, stock brokers, mortgage underwriters, bank branch managers, and in other finance-related positions.

The program provides considerable exposure to the liberal arts and develops the critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal, communication, quantitative and computer skills needed by graduates to successfully serve as leaders within modern organizations. The program also addresses contemporary organizational issues such as global competition, social responsibility and ethics, sustainability, and the relationship between organizations and various environmental forces.

The supporting and core courses provide breadth and introduce each student to the foundations of business knowledge, including communication, economics, statistics, computers, accounting, finance, management, and marketing. Subject-focal upper-level courses prepare Finance students for their professional careers by providing in-depth coverage of major areas in Finance, including Investments, Corporate Finance, Risk Management, Real Estate Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, International Financial Management, and Personal Financial planning.

Finance students have extensive opportunities to meet business professionals and gain practical experience. Students will have access to the Willie D. Davis Finance and Investment Lab that is a state of the art facility that provides students with the opportunity to apply finance and investment knowledge in real-time. Students can apply to be part of the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) course, in which students actively research and manage real dollars in order to acquire the skills necessary to be successful in the investment industry. Additionally, a vibrant Student Finance Association supports these efforts and helps students to meet others with like interests. Students have access to the Center for Personal Financial Planning; a hub station for financial literacy and financial wellness. It seeks to increase awareness of personal finance through a trusted space welcomes creative and academic student collaborations and inspires community service and outreach. The center fosters alumni and industry partnerships and encourages students career advancement, housing the Personal Financial Planning Association student organization. Students can access peer-to-peer Financial Consulting, where personal financial planning students offer financial coaching on fundamental personal finance areas to their peers at UW-Green Bay, empowering students to achieve their financial goals. Students have the opportunity to broaden their professional networks as organizational members, or to develop their leadership skills through service as student officers.  Finance faculty are experts in their field and encourage students to participate in internship programs through which students learn and earn credits while working in real business settings.

Entrance and Exit Requirements

Students can add a Finance major at any time with any number of credits through a simple online process. Students should contact their Professional Advisor listed under the Program Advisors on the right-hand side of the SIS to start the process. Students will be required to read and accept an Honor Code (pre-declaration form). For students adding a major offered in the Cofrin School of Business, a faculty mentor who specializes in their program will be listed under their Program Advisors in SIS. 

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to proceed in the course progression for a Finance major. Students intending to graduate with this major must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. All students must meet this program exit requirements to graduate.


Foundational Courses54-55
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Managerial Accounting
Macro Economic Analysis
Micro Economic Analysis
Spreadsheet and Information Systems
Principles of Sustainability in Business
Business and Its Environment
Business Ethics
Principles of Supply Chain Management
Statistics (choose one):3-4
Business Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Writing (choose one):0-3
Professional Writing for Business Majors 1
Research and Rhetoric
Upper-Level Foundational Courses
Legal Environment of Business
Corporation Finance
Introduction to Human Resource Management
Project Management
Organizational Behavior
Principles of Marketing
Finance Required Core Courses12
Money, Banking and Financial Markets
Principles of Investment
International Financial Management
Advanced Corporation Finance
Required Elective Courses (6 credits):6
Real Estate Principles
Risk Management and Insurance
Introduction to Income Tax Theory and Practice
Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning
Estate and Trust Planning
Bank Administration and Management
Financial Plan Development
Student Managed Investment Fund
Capstone Experience:3
Capstone in Business Strategy
FIN 495Teaching Assistantship1-6
Total Credits79-89


Rasoul Rezvanian; Professor; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Karl Schindl; Professor; M.S., Northern Illinois University, chair

John R Stoll; Professor; Ph.D., University of Kentucky*

Thomas S Nesslein; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington - Seattle

Matthew Raunio; Associate Professor; M.B.A., University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Mussie M Teclezion; Associate Professor; D.B.A., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Zhuoli Alexton; Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Washington State University

Preston Cherry; Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Heather Kaminski; Assistant Professor; D.B.A., Anderson University

Katie R Burke; Lecturer; M.B.A., University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse

Gary Christens; Lecturer; M.B.A., Univesity of Wisconsin-Oshkosh