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Finance major at UCLA...good choice?

mrgrapemrgrape Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
Hi everyone,
I know of the really nice rep at UCLA and i do like the school but,
would you recommend this school if I am a finance major.
I noticed UCLA only offers business administration or economics....and that's not where I would like to focus on.
My friend went to school here and got a job at the Federal Reserve Bank in SF which is pretty darn cool...but I still am not too sure.

If you were a finance major would you opt to go to another school that focuses more heavily on finance?
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Replies to: Finance major at UCLA...good choice?

  • binks09binks09 Registered User Posts: 937 Member
    1. UCLA doesn't have a finance major.
    2. UCLA doesn't have a business administration major.

    UCLA has a business economics major (econ and accounting), an economics major, an international economics major, and an accounting minor.
  • rusoboy23rusoboy23 Registered User Posts: 447 Member
    There's also math/econ, which is recommended if you want to go into investment banking.
  • mrgrapemrgrape Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    Hmmm thanks binks and ruso on that info.
    I am not particularly passionate towards math so I will skip that major...
    And as far as econ major....I know its a great major and I do like economics, but I have more of a passion towards finance.....
    Sure that econ/math major can possibly land you a position at an IB, but if finance was your passion, would you just totally bypass UCLA even though it is a great school?
  • ThisCouldBeHeavnThisCouldBeHeavn - Posts: 16,060 Senior Member
    How does a high school student know that finance is their passion?
  • binks09binks09 Registered User Posts: 937 Member
    1. I second ThisCouldBeHeavn's thoughs - you're in high school and finance is your passion. Personally, I didn't even know where I was applying to college before October of senior year.

    2. You are, like the majority of other people, being way too picky. You are thinking that everyone's life is one path, straight as an arrow, and the first step in that is choosing your major. Well, that is complete crap. Just as an FYI, at a school like USC, under Marshall, the curriculum in 75-80% the same for all majors, with slight variations depending upon concentration. Well, thats the same pretty much everywhere. Whether you major in finance, econ, business admin, accounting, w/e - you will have to take economics classes, math classes, and accounting classes.
  • shawneeeshawneee Registered User Posts: 224 Junior Member
    true binks! & a lot of people major in Economics & then go into finance..

    I am not sure of many schools with a "finance" major.. Maybe Cal State Long Beach? Or USC. :(

    What exactly do you want to do with finance? If it is to get your series 7 license & go into asset management technically you don't need a degree so yes econ is perfect!
  • mrgrapemrgrape Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    hahaha i had no idea in high school, im at a community college now.
    i just love the stock market, and studying that on the side.

    70-80% is the same, yes and that is why I went to a cc in the first place to save a lot of money.
    My last 2 years I want to focus on the finance major and a lot of schools out of CA have trading rooms...
    I would like to be a financial analyst or a trader that manages like 3 million.

    USC-no way i can afford that....
    also i heard for USC you have to retake econ or something like that.....
  • TheHuttTheHutt Registered User Posts: 332 Member
    Finance is your passion but you hate math? That seems rather contradictory.
  • mrgrapemrgrape Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    I dont hate it, i just dont like it...
    Im thinking finance is more on the study of options, research, etc...
    and yes there is some math but im not expecting much.
  • binks09binks09 Registered User Posts: 937 Member
    You're right. Finance is more of asset/wealth management - studying options, doing research on trends in different commodities and securities, etc...

    My whole point is you're a moron if you think 1 major automatically equals one job and thats it. You're still a moron if you believe that being in a general field (ie, business field) will lead to a job in the business sector - yes it's more likely, but not definate.
    You're smart if you understand that attaining a job you want is up to you, not your major, but you and your work ethic.
  • evelyn_roseevelyn_rose Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    bizecon with accounting minor. they have this pretty cool class in the fall with real-world application - case studies presented to real firms
  • bluescreen11bluescreen11 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    which class are you talking about?
  • evelyn_roseevelyn_rose Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    The UCLA Department of Economics is proud to announce that Economics 106A/Economics in Practice will be offered again in Fall Quarter 2010. Students must submit an application online by 11:59 pm on August 15, 2010 to be considered for this course. Please note that students will be accepted on a rolling basis, therefore, you are encouraged to apply early.

    Course Description: Econ 106A (formerly Econ 188B) is an interactive problem solving course using economics to address a variety of problems in public policy. This course provides an introduction to a new case-based learning approach, including assistance from UCLA Anderson MBA students. Students, grouped in fours, will be required to present analysis on several "cases" throughout the quarter, utilizing Excel and PowerPoint. All students will be required to present analysis of a final case to judges from top financial firms in the UCLA Case Study Competition. Letter grading.
  • mrgrapemrgrape Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    binks i totally agree.
    Its just that I would rather study finance than any other major because that is what i like. and if i like studying about it, I can excel in it as you can see the progress....
    I don't expect the finance major to land me one job in that one field, but with it and a good program from a school, it can lead me to more opportunities.

    I like the rep of UCLA and cost, but like I said in my original post, if finance is a passion maybe I should opt to go to another school?
  • tumblewe3dtumblewe3d Registered User Posts: 99 Junior Member
    Hey evelyn_rose, have you taken Econ 106A yet? I applied for it but haven't heard back :/ It does seem really cool though. Do they offer it each year?
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