Finance Degree

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 a few years 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, investment 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.

Karina Hau“I fell in love with the Hardin-Simmons community and felt right at home my freshman year so much so that I added finance as a second major just so I could stay all four years instead of graduating early. The Kelley College of Business finance classes were challenging and stimulating, which is what I was looking for in an education. What made my education at HSU different and that I appreciated the most, was that professors were able to learn my name and I was able to connect and build relationships with them during my time at HSU.” -Karina Hau, Finance Major

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Fei Gao-Associate Professor of Finance

Dr. Fei Gao

Associate Professor of Finance

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  • Finance (B.B.A.)


  • Finance Minor (B.A., B.B.S.)

Why study Finance at HSU?

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Career Options

What can you do with a degree in finance? Sure you can work for a bank or a brokerage or a credit union. You can also work in corporate finance, investment banking, financial planning, and insurance. Want to know how to turn $20 into $96 million? All it requires is compound interest and 200 years. Study finance!

Be Prepared

“HSU helped me get ready for my professional career through coursework and alumni relationships. I had several mock interviews with alumni during my time at HSU. The capstone course taught by Dr. McIntyre taught critical thinking and how to look deeper into business beyond just net income. Finance classes taught by Professor Gao showed the importance of learning how to solve problems instead of memorizing formulas. Not only did I enjoy my time at HSU, I was prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation.” – Cody Tubbs, Finance ’12

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A bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, economics, or business administration is often the minimum education needed for financial managers. These academic programs help students develop analytical skills and learn financial analysis methods and software.

Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:

All HSU students are eligible for the program.

Why should I major in Finance?

A finance degree will provide you the needed knowledge and skills to help consumers, businesses, and governments make better decisions with money in financial management, banking, and financial planning fields, with projected growth rates faster and salary higher than the national average.

You will gain knowledge in:

  • Financial management
  • Banking
  • Financial planning
  • Basic accounting, economics, management, and marketing
  • Adding a minor in Wealth Management will allow you to test to receive a Level One Certified Financial Analyst.

What will I learn from majoring in Finance?

  • Valuing financial assets
  • Managing a portfolio
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Raising Capital
  • Using Derivatives
  • Capital Budgeting

Where can I work with a major in Finance?

  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Investment firms
  • Insurance (with additional certifications)
  • Business Development
  • Bookkeeping and Operations
  • Brokerages

Services provided by financial managers, such as planning, directing, and coordinating investments, are likely to stay in demand as the economy grows. Employment is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments. Employment is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.