School: Business
Degree Type: Bachelors Degree | Minor
Format: In-Person

Finance professionals provide companies the expertise to manage their budgets effectively over the long term so they can achieve stability and growth. Our bachelor’s degree program gives you the skills to handle investments, capital budgeting, international finance, accounting principles and data modeling as you make ethical decisions to help your a thrive. Our faculty invest in your success, and offer you the best in practical classroom and research experiences. You cap off your education with internship opportunities that provide you the confidence to make your career count.

Finance Major

The Finance major combines hands-on experience with theoretical instruction and equips students for careers in finance. It can also serve as the first step in various professional certifications, including the CFA, CFP, CPA, and CMA. The program concentrates on financial concepts such as investments, capital budgeting, data modeling and analysis, both small and large business financial needs, international finance, and accounting concepts. Emphasis will also be placed on understanding ethics in a worldview context and the employment of ethical decision-making in organizations. The student will develop skills and understand the process of assessing, evaluating, and making decisions about the operational and financial management of businesses and organizations.

Upon successful completion of the Finance major, graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Be technically competent in financial analysis, financial strategy, decision-making, risk analysis, measurement, reporting, research, and data analysis
  • Demonstrate an understanding of factors that impact financial decision making including demographics, psychological factors, financial actions, financial attitudes, planning actions, mortgage decisions, budgeting habits, goal planning, retirement planning, credit management, income and savings planning, insurance planning, investment planning, and financial self-control.
  • Proficiency of the basic personal competencies of professional demeanor, problem-solving leadership, interaction, communication, project management, and technology to engage ethically and with integrity within a constantly changing world.
  • Proficiency in the broad business perspective competencies of strategic and critical thinking, industry and sector perspectives, the globalization of finance, resource management, legal and regulatory environment, marketing and client forces, and leveraging technology to enhance business.

Finance Minor

The Finance minor provides students a basic understanding of how financial systems work and is a good complement for those in Business Administration or Accounting, who are pursuing entry-level careers in the financial sector.


Our Business Department faculty would love to hear from you.

Prof. Shelly Hartzell, CPA, MS
Associate Professor of Accounting
Accounting Programs Lead
PH: 503.517.1038

Adjunct Prof. Amber Gribbins, MAcc
Adjunct Professor of Finance & Accounting
Finance Program Lead

Accounting & Finance Partners:

Aldrich CPAs & Advisors
Creative Financial Staffing
Fisher Investments
Heritage Bank
McDonald Jacobs, PC
Moss Adams, LLP
Paper Investigator, Inc.
RVK Consulting
Wells Fargo
U.S. Government – IRS


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