You’re interested in how money works, and you want to steward it well. No matter your chosen career path or specific interests, Ouachita’s finance major in the Hickingbotham School of Business will prepare you for success. By combining a broad exposure to key areas of finance with meaningful opportunities for real-life experience, you will be equipped for career success. Join us at one of only nine private, undergraduate-only business schools holding the elite AACSB accreditation for world-class preparation on a personal scale. Your college experience in the Hickingbotham School will mirror a professional setting, with cutting-edge tools and facilities and faculty experts ready to help you follow your calling.

Career Options


Corporate Finance

Financial Planning



Real Estate

Featured Courses

Corporate Financial Management

Financial Institutions

Insurance Principles


Personal Finance

Real Estate Principles

Electronic Spreadsheets

Financial Statement Analysis

View the Ouachita catalog for a full course listing with course descriptions.

Degree Details

This flexible degree program allows you to choose courses to suit your interests and the needs of your future career path. View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.

Learn more about the Hickingbotham School of Business.

1 of 9 Private, Undergrad-Only Business Schools with AACSB Accreditation

$1.3 Million Portfolio Managed by Students

1st Place Undergrad Value Category, 2019 G.A.M.E. Forum for Student Managed Funds


Pass Rate on Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam



“My finance degree has allowed me to enter my current role (at Simmons Bank) with complete confidence, knowing I have support from the faculty and staff of the Hickingbotham School of Business. The relationships I formed with professors during my time at Ouachita have carried on past graduation, and I am so thankful for their continued guidance as I begin my career. With the information I learned from my finance classes and involvement with the Ary Fund, I have been able to provide input in the workplace that is valued and respected.”

 Lauren Lovelady
 2019 finance graduate from Hot Springs, Ark.

Benefit from a knowledgeable and experienced faculty

Our professors have valuable real-world experience in the subjects they teach paired with the theoretical know-how gained through further education. Our faculty keep their knowledge and skills relevant through continuing education as part of the Hickingbotham School’s elite AACSB accreditation, an accreditation held by only nine private, undergraduate-only business schools in the world.

Combine classroom knowledge with insights from top companies

Through the Four Year Experience (FYE) in the Hickingbotham School, all business students take part in annual, all-expenses-paid trips to nearby metropolitan areas with fellow business students. Students have the opportunity to participate in private tours as they view the inner workings of some of America’s top businesses and accounting firms as well as the Federal Reserve.

Train for success with the best tools of the trade

Ouachita finance students have access to cutting-edge resources to prepare them for success both in the university and professional setting. From a partnership with the Securities Training Corporation to better prepare students for the SIE exam to training on the Bloomberg Terminal, the gold standard for real-time financial market data, your preparation is our top priority.  


You want opportunities? We’ve got ‘em. Interested in managing over $1.3 million in university endowment money? Consider applying for the Ary Student Investment Fund management team. Senior finance students may apply to join the Ary Student Investment Fund team, which manages a stock portfolio valued at over $1 million. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, the student team meets weekly to discuss current holdings and consider alternative investment options.  Want to get a head start in a career as a financial advisor? Check out our Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) preparatory program, which has resulted in a 100% pass rate for students taking the introductory exam.


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Hickingbotham School of Business

Do you want to be more than a number? Come study in the Hickingbotham School of Business at Ouachita. Here, you will find eminently qualified professors who know your name, who care about you, your education and your future. You will find countless career opportunities thanks to the individual investment made in you, and the direct access you will have to our professional networks.


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