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.

Our finance courses emphasize the importance of stewardship practices and can lead to many rewarding experiences in a diverse range of career options. Most importantly, you'll be prepared to strive for Kingdom impact in the business marketplace.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates with a bachelor's degree in Finance enjoy the #1 spot for in-demand careers, and the job growth outlook is strong. Business Finance graduates should expect high, growing demand in their careers.

Your practical experiences start right here. Last year, Taylor's student-managed investment fund grew to 5.6 million dollars. Our new Finance Lab includes a suite of Bloomberg Terminals and other financial planning software that will give you a strong start to your financial career. 

Finance Track Options

Finance majors have the option of choosing a concentration in one of the following areas: 

  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Analysis
  • General Finance

Program Professional Credentialing

Preparing students for their profession is a major aspect of Taylor's well-rounded liberal arts education. Finance majors benefit from established strategic alliances with professional organizations that will allow students to sit for professional designation exams and catapult them to the top of the recruiting pipeline by some of the major players in financial services. Taylor Finance offers curriculum that is approved for meeting the educational standards of the following professional designations:

  • CFP Registered Program
  • CFA Partner University
  • CKA Educational Provider
  • AFC University Partner

Finance Lab

This "Finance Hub" is equipped with 10 Bloomberg Terminals and other financial service software. It also hosts finance classes and our workshops that will engage students with additional software tools that financial professionals use, including:

  • Financial Analysis Software - Bloomberg Terminal access
  • MoneyGuide Pro
  • RightCapital
  • RiskAylze
  • Income Lab
  • AssetMap

Investing Excellence Club (IXL)

Investing Excellence (IXL) gives students the opportunity to engage with and learn from the Student Managed Investment Fund (i.e. Endowment Teams), seeking to glorify God in our faithful stewardship of His money.

Open to all Taylor students, the IXL Club incorporates all aspects of the business curriculum, putting into practice security selection and asset allocation, all while applying a biblical framework to investment decisions. Students meet regularly to review current news and economic events, portfolio allocation changes, and buy/sell side reports.

Portfolio

You'll get real-world, hands-on experience in money management through the active portfolio management of our nearly $6 million dollar student-run portfolio. Students establish an investment strategy using a thematic approach and actively manage their investment allotment throughout the semester. In addition to equity and fixed income trades, students can get derivative experiences through the ability to buy protective puts and sell covered calls.

The current portfolio value is

  • Current Value: $5,584,650.64
  • YTD Return:
    • Taylor Portfolio: 17.37% YTD
    • Benchmark S&P 500: 19.71% YTD

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.

Jackson Wilcox
Class of 2017
Taylor gives you a strong foundation to succeed in the complex and evolving world we find ourselves in. The most important being a foundation of character and integrity. When I entered the workforce I only became more thankful for the education I received at Taylor. My professors were diligent to incorporate the skills and experiences needed to succeed after graduation.

Finance Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core is the key to Taylor’s total education. These classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. Each student who completes the Foundational Core emerges as a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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Professional Licenses

In addition to offering students professional designation curriculum, Taylor Finance seeks to not only make our students employable, but able to get to work right out of the gate. Many roles in the financial services industry require certain licenses in order to be able to do their job. Taylor Finance has embedded curriculum that satisfies many of these license requirements within existing courses. Students can complete and sit for the following professional licenses:

  • Securities Industry Essentials (SIE)
  • Uniform Investment Advisor Law Exam (Series 65)
  • Indiana Insurance Pre-License
  • Indiana Real Estate Pre-License (pending)

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