Why study finance?

Students describe finance at Augustana as a challenging, fast-paced and rewarding program where they gain practical skills for today’s competitive market.

  • This program provides students the opportunity to manage an equity portfolio and access the strong financial service industry in Sioux Falls.
  • Experienced professors with a forward-looking perspective teach finance courses that integrate technology and cutting-edge topics.

Finance at AU

Finance at AU

Course Descriptions

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A finance major can lead to a successful career as a financial manager, chief financial officer (CFO), investment advisor/financial planner, security analyst, valuation expert, mortgage advisor, banker or financial consultant.

Hands-On Learning  

Students participate in areas of finance outside the classroom, where they compete in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Challenge and follow publicly-traded securities.

Internship opportunities include:

  • Citibank
  • South Dakota’s International Trade Center, Trust Company or Bureau of Personnel
  • Thrivent
  • Equity Trust Company
  • Total Card, Inc. (TCI)
  • Trident Trust
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Finance students study away in:

  • London, England; Paris, France; and Oslo, Norway — focusing on sustainable business with AU faculty
  • Thailand — focusing on global economics with AU faculty
  • London, England — focusing on Brexit with AU faculty

Courses & Organizations

Courses aim to teach major concepts in financial management while developing analytical, decision-making and communication skills. Finance students may pursue a double major or minor in other areas, including accounting, actuarial science, business administration, economics, management information systems, management and marketing.

Finance students often participate in:

  • Business Club
  • Investment Club
  • Augiethon
  • Augustana Student Association (ASA) as treasurer