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Finance

With today’s growing need for financial experts, our finance program is excellent preparation to join a promising field working with any modern organization.

Highlights 

  • The finance program will give you experience applying classroom knowledge to real-world situations through in-class projects, internships and field work.
  • An innovative approach to teaching will help you gain insight into what it’s like to work in finance for a variety of companies ranging from for-profit organizations, nonprofits, businesses and government offices.
  • You will have access to some the the most competitive internships with companies in Jacksonville and the surrounding area. Recent internships have been done at Merrill Lynch, Morgan County Housing Authority, AG Edwards, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Jacksonville Savings Bank and DOT Foods.
  • In the finance program, you will be encourage to join The Illinois College Warren Billhartz Student Investment Club, where you will invest real money to see firsthand the effects the market has on investment portfolios. The student group also takes educational trips to businesses, such as the Archer Daniel Midland's headquarters in Decatur, Illinois and the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Outcomes

Finance alumni have found success working for some of the some of the most sought-after companies and organizations in the financial world. Graduates are also prepared with the pre-professional training needed for graduate study in finance, management, public administration and law.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for finance analysts is projected to grow by 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is a faster rate than average. Growing financial products, emerging markets throughout the world and overall economic growth are all expected to contribute to growth in the field, making it a valuable degree for your future.