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Welcome to the Finance Department

The academic mission of the department of finance is to provide an educational experience that:

  • stimulates student learning through open dialogue and informed discourse both inside and outside the classroom
  • actively engages students in their own learning through problem-based casework, participation in real-world business laboratories, and/or internships in the financial community; and
  • prepares students to successfully meet the rigors of the challengingly diverse career opportunities in finance.

Students who elect to major in finance can choose from one of five concentrations. This choice should reflect the student's primary career focus and electives listed in other finance concentrations should be used to complement the coursework in the chosen concentration. Careers in finance that are analytically oriented will generally require proficiency in accounting, economics, and quantitative methods. In contrast, careers in finance that are sales or management oriented will generally require marketing and management skills. Finance majors are strongly encouraged to consult with departmental faculty advisers and/or the department chair in developing their curriculum.

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Finance News

  • Team Wins $25,000 Undergraduate Prize at Texas Competition
    BioBotic Solutions, an undergraduate business plan competition team, beat more than two dozen teams from across the United States to take the $25,000 grand prize at the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition.
  • University of Arkansas Wins Five of Six Categories at Governor's Cup
    LumaDrop, a team that developed a plan to commercialize an eye drop for macular degeneration, took the $25,000 first place prize in the graduate division at the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition.
  • 2014-15 Walton College Student Ambassadors Chosen
    Thirteen undergraduate business majors have been named the 2014-15 Walton College Student Ambassadors. The students assist the undergraduate programs office with recruitment efforts through sharing their college experiences with prospective students and their families throughout the year.
  • Walton College Again Ranked in Top 50 by Businessweek
    The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas ranks in the top 50 among public undergraduate business programs in the 2014 report from Businessweek.
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The Foreclosure Crisis: Predatory Lending or Household Overreaching?

A new study by researchers in the Department of Finance at the University of Arkansas finds that household overreaching drove the foreclosure crisis. The authors find that most households in foreclosure were relatively affluent and highly educated people living in geographical areas that experienced extremely rapid real-estate appreciation. Predatory lending played a smaller role. The researchers are careful not to excuse Wall Street banks for their role in the crisis because reckless lending enabled households to become dangerously leveraged. An important implication of this study is that the Federal Reserve will have to get into the business of recognizing and limiting asset price bubbles. [ view / download paper ] 

Department of Finance
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