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Finance Degree

The finance program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale prepares students for careers as a credit analyst, finance officer, financial advisor, financial analyst, financial planner, loan officer, or investment banker. The program focuses on planning, managing, and analyzing financial and monetary aspects and performance of business enterprises, banking institutions, or other organizations. Program courses include: principles of accounting, financial instruments, capital planning, funds acquisition, asset and debt management, budgeting, financial analysis, and investments and portfolio management. Get more details below including other Illinois colleges that offer finance degrees.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale

211 E Third St, Sterling, IL

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) is public research university. It is located in Carbondale, Illinois on a large, picturesque campus. SIUC ranks among the top universities in the U.S. It offers undergraduate degrees in a comprehensive range of academic subjects and graduate and professional degrees in law, medicine, and nearly everything else from agricultural sciences to zoology.

SIUC is very strong in the creative and performing arts, which provide excellent education to students in these programs and excellent entertainment to faculty, staff and the community. Many of the SIUC programs in research, civic and social development are designed to benefit the local region and community. The university's extensive selection of academic programs promotes intellectual and cultural pluralism and participation of a wide range of students from different backgrounds. SIUC offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere and robust education in a traditional college town.


Southern Illinois University Carbondale was founded in 1869 as the second teacher's college in the state of Illinois. It had 12 academic departments when it opened, and a class of 143 students.


The academic calendar for Southern Illinois University Carbondale follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, a May-June intersession, and an 8-week summer session.

Colleges and Schools

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Applied Sciences and Arts
  • Business
  • Education and Human Services
  • Engineering
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mass Communication and Media Arts
  • Science
  • Graduate School
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine

Student Life

Student services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale include veteran's resources, disability support, a student health center, English as a Second Language, a first year student program, on campus housing, a student center, recreation center, student blogs, and more.

For students who wish to become involved beyond the classroom, there are many student groups and organizations, many active fraternities and sororities, multicultural programs and activities, student leadership, volunteerism, and service learning programs, among others.

"Saluki" students who visit the Student Center can find information about attending a film, concert, lecture or special event. Students may wish to participate in a game of bowling or billiards, grab a bite to eat or create something at the Craft Shop.

Campus venues include:

  • SIUC Arena
  • Kleinau Theatre
  • McLeod Theater
  • Shryock Auditorium
  • Touch of Nature
  • University Museum
  • Southern Lights Entertainment
  • Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra


The official school colors for Southern Illinois University Carbondale are maroon and white, with black as an accent color. The athletic teams for many years were nicknamed the "Maroons." The team nickname, and the university's mascot, changed to a Saluki in the early 1950s. The athletic teams are now referred to as the Southern Illinois "Salukis."

The Saluki is a breed of dog, also referred to as an Egyptian Hound or Persian Hound, which is a speedy dog similar to a greyhound. The choice of this dog for a mascot may seem unusual, unless you know that the southern counties of Illinois have historically been referred to as "Egypt" by those who reside in northern Illinois. It is believed that this tradition stems from a drought that occurred in the northern Illinois counties in the early 1800s, when many hungry northerners headed south to fertile and rainy "Egypt" to buy corn and other produce or crops.

Two rhyming verses have been penned by former Southern Illinois staff and fans in reference to Southern Illinois' Saluki mascot:

Princeton has its Tiger. B.C. has its Eagle,

Rutgers is the Queensmen, a title truly regal.

But from frigid New York City to Kentucky's old Paduchee,

There's just one burning question - what the hell is a Saluki?

Old Duke has its Devils Blue; St. Louis plays its Bills.

Texas Western digs the Miners like there's gold in them thar hills.

But from Loo'ville on the bluegrass to St. Peter's on the bogs,

The scene was bad last winter; they all went to the dogs.


The Southern Illinois "Salukis" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Carbondale is the capital city of Southern Illinois. It is next to the scenic Shawnee National Forest, which is often referred to as "The Garden of the Gods," offers many sights and opportunities for outdoor activities. Giant City State Park also offers opportunities for outdoor adventure.

The city of Carbondale has a central square or pavilion area that is a hub of activity, offering many venues for dining, shopping and entertainment. This community is a large college town with a lot of charm.

Students Enrolled in the Finance Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers a bachelor's degree program in finance.

Students by Gender (2019)


Students by Race (2019)

American Indian1
Multiple Races1
Non Resident Alien7

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2020: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

Career Options for Graduates

Students who have completed the Finance program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, have entered into some of these more popular career paths listed below:

Chief Sustainability Officers


Communicate and coordinate with management, shareholders, customers, and employees to address sustainability issues. Enact or oversee a corporate sustainability strategy.

General and Operations Managers


Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.

Treasurers and Controllers


Direct financial activities, such as planning, procurement, and investments for all or part of an organization.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, treasurers and controllers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 6.8% from 2014 to 2024

Budget Analysts


Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, budget analysts employment is expected to grow at a rate of 2.5% from 2014 to 2024

Credit Analysts


Analyze credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money. Prepare reports with credit information for use in decision making.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, credit analysts employment is expected to grow at a rate of 6.1% from 2014 to 2024

Financial Analysts


Conduct quantitative analyses of information affecting investment programs of public or private institutions.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, financial analysts employment is expected to grow at a rate of 11.7% from 2014 to 2024

Personal Financial Advisors


Advise clients on financial plans using knowledge of tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans, and real estate. Duties include assessing clients' assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status, and financial objectives.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, personal financial advisors employment is expected to grow at a rate of 29.6% from 2014 to 2024

Loan Officers


Evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of commercial, real estate, or credit loans. Advise borrowers on financial status and payment methods. Includes mortgage loan officers and agents, collection analysts, loan servicing officers, and loan underwriters.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, loan officers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 8.1% from 2014 to 2024

Financial Quantitative Analysts


Develop quantitative financial products used to inform individuals or financial institutions engaged in saving, lending, investing, borrowing, or managing risk. Investigate methods for financial analysis to create mathematical models used to develop improved analytical tools or advanced financial investment instruments.

Business Teachers, Postsecondary


Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the students Southern Illinois University Carbondale accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Southern Illinois University Carbondale may offer services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Intercollegiate Athletics

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-FCS classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Basketball (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Track and Field (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Football (Missouri Valley Conference)
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Volleyball
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