Finance Emphasis

Finance focuses upon the raising and investing of money by individuals, businesses, securities firms, and the financial services industries. Finance activities also are needed in state and local government operations and in the regulatory branches of the federal government.


Finance students can work toward receiving certification as:

  • Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA)
  • Certified Financial Planners (CFP)
  • Certified Life Underwriters (CLU)

However, certification is not required and many students choose other career goals with our Finance Emphasis


  • Financial Management: Manufacturing, retailing, and service firms.
  • Officers and Investment Managers: Banks, savings and loans, credit unions, insurance companies, mortgage banks, mutual funds, and pension plans.
  • Financial Planning and Sales Positions: Insurance companies, stock and bond brokerage firms, real estate companies, and mutual funds.
  • Regulatory and Management Positions: Government agencies regulating banks and securities/commodities trading.

A small selection of employers of UNK Finance Graduates


Baird, Kurtz & Doabson Dana F. Cole & Co.
Countryman Associates, P.C. Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy
Grant Thorton Larsen, Schroeder & Associates, P.C.
McDermott & Miller P.C. Nebraska Department of Revenue
Peter Kiewit Son's Inc.


The Buckle, Inc. Coleman Powermate Co.
U. S. Comptroller of the Currency Curtis & Associates
FBI U. S. Internal Revenue Service
U. S. Federal Deposit Insurance Mutual Of Omaha Insurance Company
Prudential Insurance Company


Accenture Arthur Andersen
Baldwin Filters Deloitte & Touche
Eaton Corporation Ernst & Young
KPMG Price Waterhouse Coopers

Suggested Finance Schedule Rotation - 4 year Bachelor's Degree
Freshman (Fall) 16 hrs Freshman (Spring) 16 hrs
Eng 101 GS Expository Writing I Eng 102 GS Expository Writing II
Math Sequence ** Math Sequence **
Social Sciences (non-ECON) GS Spch 100 GS or ITECH 290
Aesthetic GS Natural Science with Lab GS
BSAD 100 Exploring Business Democracy in Perspective
Portal Course
Sophomore (Fall) 15 hrs Sophomore (Spring) 18 hrs
ACCT 250 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 251 Principles of Accounting II
ECON 270 GS Macroeconomics ECON 271 GS Microeconomics
MGT 233 GS Business Statistics Humanities: GS
Humanities: GS BSAD 295 Business Communications
Natural Science (non-lab) GS MIS 302 Principles of MIS
Junior (Fall) 15 hrs Junior (Spring) 15 hrs
FIN 308 Principles of Finance FIN 408 Corporate Finance (S)
Finance Elective Unrestricted Elective
ACCT 311 Business Law ECON 300/400 Level
MGT 301 Principles of Management MKT 300 Principles of Marketing
CapStone (388 in any department) MGT 314 Operations Management
Senior (Fall) 15 hrs Senior (Spring) 15 hrs
FIN 476 Short-term Financial Mgmt (F) FIN 422 Financial Institutions (S)
FIN 480 Investments (F) FIN 482 Case Study - Financial Mgmt (S)
MGT 493 Social Responsibilities/Ethics MGT 495 Adm. Strategy & Policy
BSAD 400 Finance Elective
Unrestricted Elective Unrestricted elective
Finance Elective

Take 1 course from:

ACCT 350 Intermediate Accounting I

ACCT 352 Cost Accounting

ACCT 451 Tax Accounting

Take 1 additional course from:

ACCT 312 Commercial Law

ACCT 350 Intermediate Accounting

ACCT 351 Intermediate Accounting II

ACCT 352 cost Accounting

ACCT 451 Tax Accounting

FIN 481 Portfolio Management

** Suggested Math/Business Statistics Sequence for Accounting & Finance Students

Students have varying Math backgrounds when they come to UNK as freshmen. Accounting and Finance students are required to take MATH 123 applied Calculus (MATH 115 Calculus I with Analytical Geometry is also acceptable as a substitute for MATH 123). However, not all freshmen students are prepared to take a calculus class as their first math course. Most students will follow one of the following two sequences with regard to their Math and Business Statistics courses. Check with your advisor or the department chair if you have questions.

1st Sequence

MATH 102 College algebra Fall, Freshman Yr.

MATH 123 Applied Calculus Spring, Freshman Yr.

BMGT 233 Business Statistics Fall, Sophomore Yr.


2nd Sequence

MATH 123 Applied Calculus Fall, Freshman Yr.

BGMT 233 Business Statistics Spring, Freshman Yr.

Math Placement: Many students are not sure which math course they should start with in college. Below is a summary of the math placement guidelines for students. The Math Department also gives a placement exam if you are unsure of what course to begin with. Contact the Math Department at 865-8531.

MATH 123 Applied Calculus: Have successfully completed MATH 102 College Algebra, or had an ACT Math score of 22 or higher, and 4 years of high school math, including 2 years of algebra, 1 year of geometry, and a senior level pre-calculus or calculus course.

MATH 102 College Algebra: Have successfully completed MATH 101 Intermediate Algebra, or had an ACT Math score of 20 or higher and have had at least 2 years of algebra in high school.

MATH 101: Have successfully completed MATH 090 Elementary Algebra, or had an ACT Math score of 17-19 and have had at least 1 year of algebra in high school.