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. 

Note: beginning in fall 2019, the finance major will replace the finance concentration within a business major. All new or prospective students considering a finance major should consult the 2019 New Finance Major Info tab to plan their academic path. All business students should consult with their academic advisor to discuss how these changes will affect their academic goals.

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 

Beginning in fall 2019, the finance major will replace the finance concentration within the business major. Below is an example academic plan for achieving the new finance major in four years, followed by a complete list of courses required for the finance major. You can also download this information as a PDF document.

Four-year plan for the finance major

Below is an example four-year plan showing required major course and cognates for the BA Finance.

The finance major will offer a financial analyst track and a financial planning track with different elective classes.  This table shows the new course numbers which will start fall 2019, with current class numbers and credit hours in parentheses. Note that for entry into 300-level courses in the BA Finance major students must achieve at least a “C” in BUS 101, BUS 201, ACCT 203, and ACCT 204.







BUS 101 (BUS 160) (3)
IS 175 (3)


STAT 143 (3)
CAS 101, 141 or ART 153 (3)



ECON 221 (3)
ACCT 204 (4)


ACCT 203 (3)
ECON 222 (3)
BUS 201 (BUS 360) (3)
FIN 301 (BUS 370) (3)



MKTG 301 (BUS 380) (3)
FIN 302 (BUS 371) (3)

Off campus?

BUS 392 (BUS 362) (3)
Finance Elective 1 (3)



BUS 393 (BUS 396) (3)
Finance Elective 2 (3)

Off campus?

BUS 394 (BUS 397) (3)
Finance Elective 3 (3)

Career or grad school

In addition for Track A: Financial Analyst Track, you should take: 

  • FIN 310
  • One from BUS 391 (BUS 359), Econ 326, 331
  • One from ACCT 205, 301, 302, 306, BUS 350

In addition for Track B: Financial Planning Track, you should take:

  • MKTG 303 (new class)
  • ACCT 306
  • One from BUS 391 (BUS 359), personal finance interim

What should you consider doing now?

  • Take FIN 301 (BUS 370) Corporate Finance as soon as possible. Prereqs are IS 175, STAT 143, ACCT 204 and ECON 221.
  • Consider the two tracks and start thinking which would be best for you.
  • After taking ACCT 203 and 204, take ACCT 205 and consider a minor in accounting.

Complete course list for the finance major

Below is a chart listing course requirements for a finance major.

BA Finance (Major)New Major Courses Starting Fall 2019Credit HoursCurrent Course EquivalenciesCredit HoursSemester Offered (FA 18, SP 19)
Required in New Major
Managerial Accounting ACCT 203 3 ACCT 203 3 FA, SP
Financial Accounting ACCT 204 4 ACCT 204 4 FA, SP
Introduction to Business BUS 101 3 BUS 160 3 FA, SP
Management and Org Behavior BUS 201 3 BUS 360 3 FA, SP
Business Ethics BUS 392 3 BUS 362 3 FA, SP
Strategic Management BUS 393 3 BUS 396 3 FA, SP
Business Capstone BUS 394 3 BUS 397 3 FA, SP
Corporate Finance FIN 301 3 BUS 370 3 FA, SP
Investments FIN 302 3 BUS 371 3 FA
Marketing MKTG 301 3 BUS 380 3 FA, SP
Pick A or B below:
A: Financial Analyst Track
Special Topics in Finance FIN 310 3 BUS 372 3 SP
One from:
Business Internship (in Finance) BUS 391 3 BUS 359 3 FA, SP
Business Cycles and Forecasting ECON 326 3 ECON 326 3 SP
Money and Financial Markets ECON 331 3 ECON 331 3 SP
One from:
Financial reporting & analysis ACCT 205 3 ACCT 205 3 SP
Intermediate Accounting 1 ACCT 301 4 ACCT 301 4 FA
Intermediate Accounting 2 ACCT 302 4 ACCT 302 4 SP
Income Tax ACCT 306 4 ACCT 306 4 FA
Business Law BUS 350 3 BUS 350 3 FA, SP
B: Financial Planning Track
Professional Selling MKTG 303 3 None
Income Tax ACCT 306 4 ACCT 306 4 FA
One from:
Business Internship (in Finance) BUS 391 3 BUS 359 3 FA, SP
Personal Finance Interim TBD 3 IDIS W__ 3 I
Total Credits in Major 40-41
Principles of Microeconomics ECON 221 3 ECON 221 3 FA, SP
Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 222 3 ECON 222 3 FA, SP
Productivity Software IS 175 3 IDIS 110 and IS 171 2 FA, SP
Introduction to Probability and Statistics, or equivalent STAT 143 4 STAT 143 4 FA, SP
One from:
Visual Culture ART 153 3 ART 153 3 FA, SP
Oral Rhetoric CAS 101 3 CAS 101 3 FA, SP
Visual Rhetoric CAS 141 3 CAS 141 3 FA, SP
Total cognate credits 16
Total credits in Major+Cognates 56-57

* These new course numbers will not appear in Calvin’s registration system until course registration for Fall 2019.


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