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At Carthage, finance students acquire the analytical, communication, and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in multiple business specialties, to advance in their career, and to contribute to the global community.

Degree offered:

  • B.A. in Finance

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At Carthage, all business programs follow the College’s proprietary READY™ (Real-world Experience and Developing You) curriculum. Professors embed practical projects and industry-standard software in their classes.

Carthage finance students learn general and specialized business theories, use technology to perform research and present ideas, and work effectively in teams. The curriculum is designed with the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification in mind.

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  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/136/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,236,2007,2243/36228_4548_163701665847155.rev.1667490579.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/136/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,236,2007,2243/36228_4548_163701665847155.rev.1667490579.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/136/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,236,2007,2243/36228_4548_163701665847155.rev.1667490579.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/136/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,236,2007,2243/36228_4548_163701665847155.rev.1667490579.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/136/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,236,2007,2243/36228_4548_163701665847155.rev.1667490579.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/136/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,236,2007,2243/36228_4548_163701665847155.rev.1667490579.jpg" alt="Michael Malyszek" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/136/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,236,2007,2243/36228_4548_163701665847155.rev.1667490579.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/136/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,236,2007,2243/36228_4548_163701665847155.rev.1667490579.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2007" data-max-h="2007" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “The financial sector is the largest industry in the world. In fact, the financial industry comprises 20-25 percent of the world’s economy. If you were to consider changing your major or adding another, I would advise you to consider finance, as a degree in finance opens up so many doors.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/2140-michael-malyszek">Michael Malyszek</a> ’25</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><img src="/live/image/gid/12/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2133,2131/559_Rosemary_Ehle.jfif" alt="Rosemary Ehle 24" class="lw_image" width="183" height="183"/></div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “When I learned about the J-Term study tours here at Carthage, I knew it was something I could not pass up. The opportunities to travel during J-Term showed me that Carthage was where I was meant to be.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/503-">Rosemary Ehle</a> ’24</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
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Where Carthage Graduates Go

In the Class of 2020, 92.1 percent of Carthage finance graduates found employment, and another 5.3 percent enrolled in advanced degree programs. Recent alumni have worked for employers such as:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
  • Chicago Wealth Management
  • Merrill Edge
  • NICO Holdings
  • SC Johnson
  • Pfizer
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • National Futures Association
  • Council of Economic Advisers
  • Allstate
  • CME Group
  • First Eagle Investment Management
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Salesforce

Student Opportunities

Top Facilities

The A. W. Clausen Center for World Business is equipped with advanced technology to sharpen students’ presentation skills. Its centerpiece, the Troha Boardroom, has all the amenities of a corporate directors’ suite to give emerging professionals a sense of their future surroundings.

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Student Organizations

Carthage finance students can get involved in several student organizations dedicated to putting what’s learned in the classroom into practice. Join Velocity Consulting, the Carthage Accounting Association, Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA), the Financial/Investment Club, and more.

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