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The Whitman School’s finance major prepares you with a forward-thinking global business perspective so you can make sound decisions and manage effectively.

You’ll gain an understanding of business operations and become well-versed in micro and macroeconomics.

Along with a theoretical background, you’ll develop advanced computer and mathematics skills, and a strong understanding of world affairs to prepare you for a future as a:

  • Financial analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Portfolio manager
  • Sales and trading analyst
  • Market analyst

About Whitman

The Whitman School develops entrepreneurial managers who will become leaders in an era of global competitiveness. Programs are built around the major driving forces in business today: entrepreneurial management, globalization, use of technology and leadership.


Core coursework covers financial institutions, investments, and management. Sample courses include:

  • Financial Management
  • Distress Investing
  • International Financial Management
  • New and Emerging Markets
  • Investments
  • Working Capital Management

View official major requirements.

Dual Enrollment

The Whitman School of Management offers dual major programs with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the College of Arts and Sciences/Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the School of Information Studies (iSchool).

  • Gain an edge in a competitive job market by selecting Newhouse, where you’ll prepare to become an effective business leader and communicator.
  • The new Arts and Sciences/Maxwell dual program allows students to select one of seven majors in the sciences, preparing them to work in fields such as pharmaceuticals.
  • Select the iSchool to develop a working knowledge of business along with technical training in information systems, setting yourself apart from traditional management students.
  • Complete your B.S. and J.D. in six years through the Whitman School and College of Law 3+3 Joint Degree Program.

Practical Experience

In addition to the rigorous educational experience, you’ll gain the skills and experience employers seek, such as leadership and communication through the Goodman IMPRESS* Program. Using gamification and a four-house competitive model, students earn points while building skills for career success. Other opportunities include:

  • Access to the Ballentine Investment Institute’s state-of-the-art trading room, where you’ll have personal access to Bloomberg professional terminals and opportunities to visit stock futures exchanges and brokerage firms.
  • Help manage the $4.4 million student-run Orange Value Fund.
  • Intern at leading financial organizations including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Manning & Napier, Citigroup and General Electric.
  • Network during the program’s many special events, such as Finance Forum, Whitman on Wall Street trip to New York City, guest speaker events, and panel discussions.

* A Whitman exclusive

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries. 

Finance majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in London and Madrid, and to World Partner programs including CEA Prague and the University of New South Wales.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in finance, you will be well-prepared to explore careers such as:

  • Financial analyst
  • Sales and trade analyst
  • Full-service broker
  • Investment banker
  • Asset manager
  • Financial advisor

Visit the Whitman School

For more information or to visit the Whitman School, please contact Rachel DuBois, director of undergraduate recruitment, at 315.443.9222.