B.S. in Finance

Otterbein University’s Finance degree provides students with a solid background in both corporate finance and investments.

Corporate finance is the study of how a company makes financial and investment decisions with a focus on how shareholder values are maximized both short-term and long-term. Investments focus on mutual funds, derivatives, securities, the functioning of securities markets and portfolio selection. Students are required to take a case course in finance which enables them to apply these concepts to real-world business situations. In addition, students will complete a core of foundation courses in accounting, economics, management and marketing. A variety of elective courses are available that allow students to tailor their degree to their particular area of interest.

The Otterbein Finance degree is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to enter occupations as financial analysts, loan officers, securities analysts, credit managers, stock brokers, bank examiners and personal financial advisors.

Want a business career working in the Sport, Recreation, and Leisure industry?

At Otterbein, you’ll learn from a unique curriculum, gain real-world experience in “sport” through numerous practicums and internship opportunities all four years, be able to network with professionals in the field, and be supported by faculty who are passionate about seeing you succeed!  At the end of your college career, you’ll be strongly positioned to be a leader in a “sports” industry area such as: marketing, public relations, sales, stadium/arena management, retail, law, media, broadcasting, event management, finance, athletic administration, and many more.

Check out our Sport Management major for more information >


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Otterbein provided me with a wide range of tools to help me be successful after graduation. Having accessible, responsive professors who made me feel heard helped me build confidence in voicing my questions in the workplace. Additionally, with the school allowing me to pursue my degree alongside athletics, time management became a necessity for me and is a lifelong skill that carries into both my personal and professional life. Being able to double major and double minor allowed me to be exposed to multiple career paths which helped me choose one that I find fulfilling every day.

Clay Wichman ’18

Finance and Sustainability Studies, double major
Lead Data Analyst – Internal Audit & Loss Prevention at Sherwin Williams

Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)
Goal 1: Develop a thorough understanding of corporate finance theory and its applications
Utilize time value of money principles and concept of risk and return to value securities (FIN 3400, FIN 4200, FIN 4700) Knowledgeable, Multi-literate
Utilize security valuation techniques to determine cost of capital (FIN 3400, FIN 4200, FIN 4700) Knowledgeable, Engaged
Utilize cost of capital to make appropriate capital budgeting decisions (FIN 3400, FIN 4200, FIN 4700) Knowledgeable, Engaged
Apply the residual dividend model to determine appropriate corporate dividend level (FIN 3400, FIN 4200, FIN 4700) Knowledgeable, Engaged
>Apply capital structure principles to determine financially prudent debt/equity financing levels (FIN 4200, FIN 4700) Knowledgeable, Engaged
Apply working capital principles to determine appropriate current asset and current liability levels (FIN 3400, FIN 4700) Knowledgeable, Engaged
Goal 2: Develop a thorough understanding of investment theory and its applications
Utilize knowledge of market structure and security trading techniques to make stock, bond, and mutual fund investments (FIN 4600) Knowledgeable, Multi-literate
Utilize knowledge of market structure and security trading techniques to make derivative investments (FIN 4600) Knowledgeable, Multi-literate
Apply efficient markets hypothesis in order to make financially prudent investment choices (FIN 4600) Knowledgeable, Multi-literate
Apply duration concepts when making bond investments (FIN 4600) Knowledgeable, Multi-literate
Goal 3: Develop a thorough understanding of at least one other area of Finance: International Finance (FIN 4210), Options and Futures (FIN 4610), and/or Money and Banking (ECON 3800)
Students will learn the concepts and techniques of an additional branch of Finance in order to make prudent financial decisions. Knowledgeable, Multi-literate, Responsible
Goal 4: Develop a deep knowledge of the statistical techniques utilized in Finance
Determine the relationship between variables utilizing appropriate regression models (ECON 4500) Knowledgeable, Inquisitive
Develop and test hypotheses using appropriate statistical techniques (ECON 4500) Responsible, Inquisitive

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.