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Our approach

Do you like numbers, logic and analysis? Do you enjoy working with people to help them understand complex concepts? If you are a person who enjoys data and details, one of our majors may be a great fit for your aptitude!

Department of Finance and Commercial Law

The Department of Finance and Commercial Law provides you with many hands-on activities that help you practice the core skills needed in the fields of finance and law. Courses immerse you in real-life business environments, and internships will help you to gain the experience you need to be extremely marketable in your job search. The talented faculty, paired with resources like the college’s Zhang Career Center, will help you land your dream job after graduation and position you for a lifetime of success.

  • Video of Craft your career at WMU Haworth: Business law major

    Business law

  • Video of Craft your career at WMU Haworth: Finance major

    Finance

  • Video of Craft your career at WMU Haworth: Personal financial planning major

    Personal financial planning

Finance degree programs

Finance degree programs that mean business

The Department of Finance and Commercial Law offers you the very best in experiential learning, from simulations, to specialized classrooms, to certifications, to preparation for graduate school. No matter where you want to take your career, the department can help you get there and achieve your goals in record time. Whether you want to work in corporate finance, business law or financial planning, the numbers show that our graduates are employable and fulfilled in the jobs they take after graduation—the best of both worlds! The department also offers several scholarships to help you on your path to success.

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Enhance your experience with focused resources

Whether you need career advice, personal and professional development, or would like to connect with other finance and commercial law students, our department gives you a wide breadth of resources so you can take full advantage of your WMU education.

  • Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner

    WMU Haworth students can sharpen their finance skills beyond formal coursework and earn the Bloomberg Market Concepts certificate.

  • Student Managed Investment Fund

    Interested in managing a portfolio of $3 million of WMU Foundation money? Students may apply to participate in this real-world experience and earn 3 credit hours.

  • Greenleaf Trust Trading Lab

    Bloomberg terminals provide real-time data on market movements. The atmosphere of the trading room enables WMU Haworth students to experience the fast pace of Wall Street while in Kalamazoo.

Find your competitive edge at WMU

  • Shaun Orlikowski

    Shaun Orlikowski paired his aviation management and operations major with a general business minor, and he is ready to jet off to a successful future when he graduates in fall 2024. He encourages other students to consider a business minor, due to both the versatility and customization that business minors provide in aligning education and career goals.

  • Natalie Ferriell

    Natalie Ferriell received a $5,000 international scholarship from DECA, one of just two awarded to college students in 2024. This past February at the Michigan DECA State Career Development Conference, she placed first in the corporate finance individual case study event and in the top six in the sports marketing team case study event.

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