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BBA in Finance


Develop the critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, and state of the art financial knowledge to start a rewarding career!

Finance graduates are essential to areas in commercial banking, investments, economic research, insurance, and international financial operations. In addition to developing technical skills and required knowledge, you will develop a rigorous analytical competence which will be useful in a wide variety of careers. Our alumni often begin their careers in commercial finance, investment banking, mutual funds, financial planning companies, regulatory agencies, insurance firms, research firms, and a variety of other industries.


Program Highlights

  • Career Readiness: Learn the skills and acquire the knowledge to launch your career from day one.
  • Preparation for Success: Our BBA Finance major delivers a state of the art Finance curriculum that will prepare you to use your analytical and technical skills, as well as your Finance and Economics knowledge to be successful in your professional life.
  • Student Focus: Learn from, and work with, faculty who maintain an academic and practitioner focus that translates theory into practice through their intellectual contributions and service to the business community.
  • Experiential Learning: Take part in our experiential learning opportunities including case competitions and internships.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Become part of a community that encourages and teaches you to be socially responsible and to have ethical management experience.

Preferred Partners with Northern Trust Bank, CME group, Federal Reserve Bank Chicago among many others. Our students go on to work at some of the best firms in Chicago including Ally, Bank of America, BMO Harris, Chicago Public Schools, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, JP Morgan, Marquette Bank, Northern Trust Bank, Northwest Community Credit Union, Royal Bank and TD Ameritrade.

Three-Year Option

Complete the Bachelor of Business Administration in three years! Learn more about the three-year option.

Program Requirements

For more information about the BBA curriculum, please review the business core requirements, as well as the concentration requirements and course descriptions, in the SXU Academic Catalog.

Finance Major Finance Minor
Business Core - 15 courses (44 credit hours)
Finance Core - 5 courses (15 credit hours)
Business Core - 2 courses (6 credit hours)
Finance Core - 4 courses (12 credit hours)

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CME Group Trading Challenge

Finance majors participate in the CME Group Trading Challenge when taking FINC 350: Futures and Options.

The electronic trading competition allows students to experience the excitement, energy and decision-making environment of real-time trading. Teams of students are provided an opportunity to trade a variety of CME Group products from multiple asset classes in a simulated, professional trading platform provided by industry leading software, CQG. The students acquire practical trading skills competing against 503 teams from 30 countries and from 214 schools.

"The CME Trading Challenged helped expand my skill set by utilizing real-time trading. While trading, I had the ability to explore different skills such as using market microstructure, fundamental analysis, technical analysis, and other theories which really sets me apart from students who do not get this experience. Trading is about mastering the art and science which can only be done with experience."

Our Cougar Student Managed Hedge fund was mentioned in the Financial Times.

Suggested Academic Plan

View a suggested four-year academic plan to complete your degree in four years!


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Recommended Minors

Combine a BBA with a minor in Spanish. Obtain skills that leads to careers in the following areas: International law, banking; U.S. representative for foreign company; patent attorney; representative for U.S. firm abroad; foreign branch of U.S. firm; advertising, sales, fashion buyer; marketing; executive or manager; technical expert; personnel manager; public relations; secretarial and clerical opportunities; import‐export firms; brokerage firms; banks; medical organizations; service, cultural organizations.

All business executives will have to write, whether it is a formal report, a memo or even an email correspondence. The writing minor provides necessary communication skills that business professionals will use on a daily basis.

Students can complement their major with a minor in computer science. Strong digital skills in specific domains are increasingly receiving the attention of employers and researchers. At SXU, the minor in computer science can provide you with the digital skills and knowledge you'll need for a variety of positions within business and technical industries after graduation.



Student testimonial

“The Finance program at SXU has provided me with the skills I need to excel in my career. My courses provided me with the fundamentals of finance, and I gained the skills necessary to be a leader in the field. I enjoyed the smaller class sizes and getting to know my classmates and professors on a more personal level. My hands-on experience with the Student Managed Hedge Fund gave me an opportunity to gain skills in portfolio management so I can help others reach their financial goals.



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Featured Alumni


Michelle Quiroz, Alumna, Class of 2015

I am beginning my professional career in the corporate financial area because I find the corporate culture and people extremely supportive. I feel that they truly care about their employees. It's not surprising that I was attracted to this sense of community, given my experiences here at SXU. Another high impact experience for me has been the opportunity to form close friendships with a very diverse group of people. My experiences at SXU have helped me break down barriers and pre-conceived notions about individuals from other cultures and backgrounds, thus allowing me to form relationships and connections I never thought were possible. It's the small things that really matter. Sometimes these little things end up having the greatest impact on one's experience. I have taken advantage of so many resources offered here as a Saint Xavier student. Multiple jobs, internships, and scholarship opportunities have helped me finish college with minimal dependence on loans.

Michelle Quiroz