Department of Finance


The undergraduate program in finance prepares students to assume leadership positions at all levels of financial management for careers in business, industry, government, and public or private corporations.

Students can earn a major in either finance or in financial planning. The finance major prepares students for careers in the investment fields and in corporate finance. Similar to the finance major, a major in financial planning prepares students to plan and manage the financial interests and growth of assets of individuals and institutions.

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There is also an opportunity for strong students to pursue a dual major such as a second major in accounting or a minor in international business, management information systems (MIS) or economics. (Note: accounting, international business, MIS and economics should be hyperlinked to those sections.)

The Lerner College of Business and Economics sponsors a number of student organizations and honor societies that provide major specific and career development opportunities to its members. Two business organizations are of special interest to students who are finance/financial planning majors and minors. These organizations are the Blue Hen Investment Club and the Student Financial Management Association. Learn more about these and other Lerner-sponsored student organizations.

Blue Hen Investment Club

The Blue Hen Investment Club is the University of Delaware's student-managed investment fund with $1.8 million assets under management. It is open to students of all majors who are willing to commit to managing a portion of the university's endowment. Over the years, the fund has created leaders who have found careers with institutions such as Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS, PwC, EY, KPMG and McKinsey & Company.

Members of the Blue Hen Investment Club have the opportunity to meet with Lerner alumni like Dennis Purcell '77 who worked at PaineWebber, Inc., and Chase H&Q before founding life science investment firm Aisling Capital LLC.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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