Finance


Your Future in Finance

Are you interested in managing the funds and growth of a company or partnership? Would you like to understand the impact of financial markets on the economy? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance at the University of North Texas.

Every organization — whether it’s a small business, Fortune 500 company, nonprofit agency or government organization — needs financial professionals. They help organizations obtain, administer and manage their funds efficiently and wisely. By studying finance, you may work for a(n):

  • Brokerage house
  • Commercial or investment bank
  • Fortune 500 corporation
  • Government agency
  • Insurance company
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Private practice

What we offer

In the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, we teach you how to successfully manage all financial aspects of a firm, understand its regulatory rules and realize how it fits into the financial market. Many students work full time and bring unique perspectives and experiences to the classroom.

Our comprehensive curriculum allows you the flexibility to explore:

  • Corporate financial management
  • Corporate law and risk management
  • Derivative securities, stocks and bonds
  • Employee benefits programs
  • Life insurance
  • Management of financial institutions
  • Personal financial planning
  • Real estate investments

You’ll develop a strong foundation in business by
taking courses in accounting, economics, marketing and management in addition to studying finance. Tutoring for all undergraduate finance courses is provided in the Finance Academic Assistance Lab.

You may also earn course credit and gain valuable experience by completing an internship with a company or an organization.

Our faculty members exercise a “learn today, apply tomorrow” classroom philosophy. They’re experts in their field, dedicated teachers and recognized scholars who provide you a solid theoretical background and practical, applicable knowledge that can be used immediately.

Additional resources

You can apply your classroom knowledge to real-world situations by participating in the Student Investment Group. This group is open to all students and manages an investment portfolio of nearly $400,000 under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. Other business-related organizations that you can get involved with include the:

  • Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity
  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance
    and Accounting
  • Beta Alpha Psi honor society
  • Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity
  • Phi Chi Theta professional business fraternity

Scholarships sponsored by the department
are available to help you pay for your education.

A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community (REAL Community) brings together
business students who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

The Transfer Student Learning Community gives transfer students the chance to form strong bonds by taking several classes with a small group of business classmates.

The College of Business, which is one of the nation’s 20 largest business colleges, is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750; Tampa, Fla. 33602; telephone 813-769-6500). This distinction means it meets or exceeds strict standards of excellence in education.

Our eco-friendly Business Leadership Building accommodates 8,000 students and promotes interaction among students, faculty and industry leaders. It contains 24 classrooms, team study rooms and a state-of-the-art general access computer lab.

The BLB Trading Room provides access to real-time financial data and news via twelve terminals with Bloomberg Professional software and scrolling stock ticker information.

What to expect

Your required courses are divided into five categories:

  • University core curriculum (42 credit hours
    required of all UNT students)
  • Pre-business courses (15 to 24 credit hours)
  • Business foundation courses (24 credit hours)
  • Professional field/major courses (18 credit hours)
  • Supporting field courses (12 credit hours)

Professional field electives are available in derivative securities, corporate finance, financial institutions, risk management, real estate finance and corporate law. Other courses you may take focus on international financial systems and foreign exchange, investments, liquidity and working capital management and the U.S. banking system.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

HOW TO ENROLL AT UNT

 

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at www.applytexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.