Calvin's finance concentration

Want to help companies obtain funds needed for growth and help people invest for the future? The finance major is designed for those with analytical minds who enjoy working with accounting and math. You'll study corporate finance, investments, mergers and acquisitions, derivatives, and corporate social responsibility.

Finance is the study of how companies obtain funds needed for future growth and how people invest funds for future consumption. It includes business finance and personal finance. Finance deals with the concepts of time, cash flows, and risk, and how they are interrelated. It also deals with how resources are spent and budgeted. Finance is about the methods and the prices at which financial resources are exchanged, and about how this exchange impacts the decisions companies and individuals make. 

Careers in finance

Finance majors often work in the following jobs: Financial analyst, investment analyst, treasury analyst, personal financial advisory, insurance agent, credit analyst, commercial or consumer lending.

Finance at Calvin

Your finance courses will teach you to:

  • Determine the appropriate balance between debt and equity for a company
  • Evaluate the financial attractiveness of business expansion opportunities
  • Work on merger and acquisition finance
  • Analyze financial risks and returns
  • Guide informed financial investment decisions
  • Manage risk through insurance and derivatives
  • Practice finance for stewardship, justice and love

"Calvin's finance program enabled me to discover my passion and refine my skills that were necessary to build my career. My professors and the program equipped me with the tools that led to my career at Wells Fargo Advisors." —John Dykstra '07, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo

Considering finance? 

If you possess the following characteristics and skills, finance may be a good fit for you:

  • Strong analytic and conceptual skills
  • Excellent ability to communicate detailed concepts
  • Joy from a good transaction
  • Natural interest in resources and stewardship

Recent internships

Each year, more than 90% of business and accounting students complete internships. Finance students find placements at businesses that include: 

  • Merrill Lynch
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Quicken Loans
  • Steelcase
  • Blackford Capital
  • Van Wyk Risk and Insurance
  • Wolverine World Wide
  • Bank of America 

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