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Overview
Financial executives are of central importance to the overall planning, control and success of an organization. There are financial implications in virtually all organizational decisions, whether the organization is a business firm, a non-profit organization or a government. Even non-financial managers must know enough finance to determine the financial implications of their decisions on the organization. With each new innovation in the field of finance, the importance of finance for an organization has grown.

Finance has evolved from a descriptive discipline in the early 1900s to the analytical discipline we find today. Finance theoreticians use fundamental economic theory to develop valuation models, and the tools of financial analysis and risk management that are used by finance practioners to make financial decisions. Finance consists of three interrelated core areas: financial markets and institutions, investments and portfolio theory, and managerial (business) finance. Subsets of these core areas include personal finance, real estate finance, international finance, the management of financial institutions, insurance, entrepreneurial finance, and derivative securities and risk management.

The primary objective of the undergraduate finance curriculum is to produce graduates who have a broad understanding of the financial aspects of their decisions and actions and are capable of utilizing the fundamental tools of financial analysis. Toward these ends, the development of elementary mathematical and statistical skills and the study of economics, accounting and business administration are needed to accomplish the objective. The major in finance should prepare students for positions that require special understanding of financial analysis, financial management and financial systems in a wide variety of organizations.

A career in financial management can begin in one of several positions that may lead to a major executive position, including chief executive officer. Initial positions in the managerial finance area include capital budgeting analyst, cash manager, credit analyst, financial analyst (who works closely with accountants), and risk manager. Alternatively, finance majors may choose to enter the financial services industries. Finance majors could enter the workforce in the banking industry as a loan officer, or as a member of the trust department; in the securities industry as a securities analyst, as an investment banker, as a stockbroker or account executive, or as a financial planner; and in the insurance industry as an agent or underwriter.

Available Options
- Commercial Bank Management, B.S.
- General, B.S.


Occupations
Financial Analysts
Financial Examiners
Credit Analysts
Financial Managers
Financial Specialists

Industries
Services-Providing - Financial Activities
Finance and Insurance
Finance and Insurance - Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
Services-Providing - Professional and Business Services
Finance and Insurance - Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities

Recent OSU Graduates in
Salaries
Max: $100,000 |
Ave: $45,669 |
Med: $45,000 |
Min: $20,800


Employers
Access Midstream Partners
American Eagle Airlines
Anheuser Busch
Army Airforce Exchange Service
Arvest Bank
AT&T
BancFirst
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of Oklahoma
Barbara Ley, CPA
Bean Counter Inc.
Bearcat Land INC
Berendsen Fluid Power
BOK Financial
Campus Crusade for Christ
CarMax
Cerner
Chesapeake Energy
ConocoPhillips
Consolidated Graphics
CoverHound
Credera
Crescent Services, LLC
CSB
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Edward Jones Investments
Ernst & Young
ExxonMobil
FaithShares
Fidelity Investments
First Mortgage Co
First Trust Portfolios
First United Bank & Trust
Flint Hills Resources, LP
Halliburton
Hertz Corporation
ISN Software Corp
J.P. Morgan
Jackson Diamond Jewelers
Jenks Public Schools
John Hancock
KPMG
Loves Corporate Office
Mainline
NAI Sullivan Group
National Student Leadership Forum
Norris Rods
Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector's Office
Oklahoma State University Foundation
Oxy, Inc.
Paycom Payroll, LLC
Premier Advisors Group
Quorum Business Solutions
Rankin Distribution
Samson Resources
Saxon Morgan Stanley
SC Global Tubular Solutions
Schlumberger
Scottrade
Securian Financial Advisors
Sewell Cadillac
State Farm Insurance
Stillwater National Bank
Target
Teach For America
The Onin Group
The Williams Companies
Tulsa Teacher's Credit Union
United States Navy
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
University Village Retirement Community
USAA
Venture Foods
Verizon
Wells Fargo Financial
Whitley Penn LLP

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