The author Paul Ferris once wrote that the world of finance “belongs in tales of fog-coated streets and hansom cabs, with tea clippers coming softly up the Thames. The gas lamps are burning in the banking parlor where all the partners sit together, a rich foreign banker has just been sent away with a flea in his ear, an emissary from a distant king waits by the bright coal fire in the outer hall, a pigeon is arriving on the roof with a dispatch from Dover, and the carriage that is pulling up outside contains the senior partner’s beautiful young wife, who is closely related to four Cabinet Ministers and the Archbishop of Canterbury.” Finance is simultaneously all these traditions, institutions with hundreds of years of history and financiers whose “word is their bond,” and the newest applications of technology, making possible instantaneous global transactions that couldn’t be imagined months ago.
This combination of respect for tradition and modern innovation is a hallmark of finance and is incorporated into the finance curriculum at Hardin-Simmons University. A major in finance provides maximum flexibility for a variety of possible careers in banking, brokerage, corporate finance and related fields. American financial institutions are the source of capital for industry around the world, and Hardin-Simmons’ finance alumni fill important positions in many of the best firms.