Dr. Dan Reeder
Professor of Business
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Finance is part of the Paul Dickinson College of Business.
A student majoring in Finance studies how corporations raise, spend and invest capital; how individuals and firms allocate their resources among varying investment alternatives; and how financial markets function. Finance is all about creating value. Both individual investors and corporate managers identify, study, and recommend investment opportunities that will create value for themselves, the firm's investors, or for their clients. This is what makes Finance both challenging and fun, and why a degree in Finance can lead to a career path that is both satisfying and lucrative.
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What makes an OBU Finance degree special?
Graduates with a Finance degree from OBU receive experiential learning opportunities throughout their business education. Students are given practical learning opportunities managing a real money portfolio, provide investment analysis and portfolio management for a local investment club, and study curriculum consistent with the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) program. It is the intention of the faculty that our courses enable students to become competent, outstanding professionals in the field of Finance. The multidimensional nature of the field of Finance and the backgrounds, diversity and quality of our students, makes Finance course offerings inspiring, provocative and stimulating experiences.
What are OBU grads doing with their Finance degrees?
Job prospects in Finance are expected to grow at an above average rate for the next 10 years. OBU graduates in Finance have pursued diverse career paths including corporate and international financial management, personal financial planning, portfolio management, and investment services. Brokerage firms, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, and other financial intermediary companies employ Finance graduates. In addition, graduates have pursued careers in real estate, accounting, and law.
OBU Finance graduates have attended graduate school at the University of Texas, Texas Christian University, Boston University, Vanderbilt, Iowa University, Minnesota University, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, the University of Tulsa, and many more.
What courses can I take?
Personal Finance, Corporate Finance, Investments, Portfolio Management, Money and Banking, Managerial Finance, and International Finance. In addition, some Finance students pursue an interdisciplinary degree in Accounting and Finance which further enhances their career preparation and competitive advantage.
What do OBU Finance faculty specialize in?
Students participate in Templeton Investment Society (TIS) - a local investment club, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Accounting and Finance Club, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), the Business Student Advisory Council, and Cooperative Work Experience which allows students to earn course credit while working.