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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Augustana University will launch its newest academic program, Augustana University Fintech Program by Pathward™, in the fall of 2023. With the support of Augustana’s key strategic partner, Pathward™, N.A., (formerly MetaBank, N.A.), the major will be the first of its kind in the region. 

Augustana University student Emily Grein ‘24, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is a double major in accounting and finance. This summer, she traveled back to her roots in Minnesota for an internship at Northrop Gruman in Plymouth.

Meghan Harold ‘22, of Parker, South Dakota, is triple majoring in accounting, business and finance, and plans to graduate from the Augustana Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) Program in December. In part due to connections at Augustana University, the Air Force veteran was able to land an internship at Ernst & Young, LLP this summer in Cleveland, Ohio.




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