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Finance Major/Minor

The Formula of Finance

As a Finance major at Taylor, you will build a firm foundation in the financial decision-making principles that impact every organization, whether through managing budgets, funding projects, or management analysis.

Through finance, you can develop smart business tactics to live and work responsibly and generously. You will learn to calculate and evaluate statistics and study the uses of short- and long-term financial assets. Our finance courses emphasize the importance of financial stewardship practices and can lead to many rewarding experiences in a diverse range of career options.

It's Not All About the Money

Finance is all about relationships and strategies. You can use this major to guide clients toward a better way of financial living. You will learn to direct a company’s budgets and financial goals and apply practical investment strategies involving stocks, bonds, and different types of markets.

Our program will help you build on your knowledge with a required practicum in the finance field and through a course that prepares you for the Series 7 exam, a license that will allow you to trade stock and represent individuals’ finances.

Series 7 Brokerage Licensing

Taylor University is one of few schools in the country that dedicates courses to preparing business students for the Series 7 Brokerage Licensing Exam. When students take the exam after graduation, they can be better marketed to future employers because they are already licensed to practice finance. Our students consistently score above the national average on the Series-7 Brokerage Licensing Exam and are quickly placed with national and regional investment firms.

Minor in Finance

Learn how the functions of the finance world—accounting, taxes, investments—apply to multiple areas of study through a Finance minor. Non-business majors must take additional prerequisite courses to complete this minor. Courses focus on practical finance methods, the banking system, financial management, and international finance.

Finance Curriculum & Degree Options

Contact the Business Department

Dr. Jody Hirschy, Associate Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Business Department
765-998-5158
jdhirschy@taylor.edu

Lisa Gilpin, Program Assistant
765-998-5135
lisa_gilpin@taylor.edu

Related Majors and Related Minors

Related Majors

Related Minors

Business Department

Excellence. Innovation. Ethics.

Receiving any of the bachelor’s in Business degrees from Taylor will prepare you to enter the business world with the confidence to exceed expectations and stand out as a Christian business leader. Whether you are looking to create new products, analyze data for investment opportunities, or create detailed marketing plans, our Business curriculum will provide you with a solid foundation in the basic principles of accounting, finance, business law, economics, marketing, and management.

Each major in the Business department equips you with an exceptional education and the faith integration you will need to develop an ethical responsibility for business. The ACBSP-accredited Business department will prepare you for whatever career path you choose—from nonprofit to Fortune 500 to government work.

Through a student-run endowment fund, semester-long courses preparing students for the Series-7 and CPA exams, practicum experiences, and extensive alumni connections, you’ll be more than prepared to start your career in business.



Read more about our accreditation in our Student Achievement Report.

Read our End of Year summary for the Business Advisory Council.

See the number of ACBSP-accredited business graduates (2016-18).

Expanding Your World with Business

Taylor offers numerous opportunities to learn and grow as a future business person, including opportunities to work with the university’s Endowment Team to invest $2 million of the university's endowment, join Taylor’s nationally ranked Ethics Bowl team and compete against other universities nationwide, and connect with local entrepreneurs and businesspeople.

To increase students’ international understanding of business, Taylor offers both long- and short-term overseas experiences in Lithuania, China, Honduras, and many more locations. Tour facilities, train novice entrepreneurs, meet company executives, and grapple with the challenges facing businessmen and businesswomen on a global scale. To see more business opportunities, visit our Business at Taylor page.

Calculating Your Future
Scholarships
Practicums

Our required practicums expose Business students to real-world organizations to prepare them for future careers. Many Business students who complete practicums receive job offers from their employers before they graduate. Academic advisors have connected previous students to positions at Calamos Investments, Hope International, Wal-Mart, J.D. Norman Industries, and the Department of Defense.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Taylor University’s Business department have gone on to work at many big-name organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, the Department of Defense, and Wal-Mart Corporation. Find your major’s page for a list of potential positions for which you will be qualified.

Alumni and employers regularly call the department, asking for graduates they can hire. The Calling and Career Office also has many connections to place students in the best position for their calling. With a success rate of 97%, Taylor business students have no reason to worry about finding post-graduation jobs, internships, or graduate school placements.

Learn more about Taylor University’s placement rates.

Business Graduate Programs

Our Business graduates have been accepted into some of the nation’s most prestigious business, law, and economics graduate schools, including:

  • Top 25 business schools: Duke University Fuqua School of Business, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Harvard Business School, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Highly-regarded law schools: Pepperdine, Stetson University, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, Regent University, and Indiana University
  • Nationally-ranked economics schools: Vanderbilt University, North Carolina State University, and Tulane University
Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Jody Hirschy

Department Chair & Associate Professor of Business

jdhirschy@taylor.edu

Faculty

Scott Adams

Professor of Business

scadams@taylor.edu

Mick Bates

Associate Professor of Marketing

mcbates@tayloru.edu

Eric Hernandez

Assistant Professor of Accounting

erhernandez@taylor.edu

Julie Little

Associate Professor of Management

julie_little1@taylor.edu

David Poucher

Associate Professor of Accounting

dvpoucher@taylor.edu

Jackson Shen

Assistant Professor of Finance

Staff

Nancy Gillespie

Business Department Advisor

nngillespie@taylor.edu

Lisa Gilpin

Business Program Assistant

lisa_gilpin@taylor.edu