Originally Posted by BC2012
How'd that work out for ya?
Note: I'm someone who took a ton of math in college, ended up as a finance guy, and wish I had done more finance and computer programming coursework and less math.
I don't regret my decision at all. It's important to note, however, that my university didn't have a finance program, only an economics program. I took one computer programming course in college and that gave me enough knowledge to get most of what I needed done in the real world. I'm not saying that all you need is one Comp Sci course, but it feed my own personal needs.
What I do regret, and it's probably cost me hundreds of thousands of dollars since I've graduated college, is not having worked harder in college. I graduated with a 3.0 g.p.a, but if I had been able to get it up around 3.4 it would have opened a lot more (and much better) doors.
Originally Posted by TyCooN
What are the benefits of majoring in something else to prep for a career in finance instead of getting a business degree in finance?
At liberal arts schools you can typically get away with majoring in whatever you want as long as the career office at your school is any good (it was very good at my school), you have a good G.P.A. (or work experience), and you do a few things to show that you want to work in the real world (summer internships, finance electives, etc.)
The reality is that at my school the people who majored in economics fit into three categories: the brilliant who would go on to get a PhD and someday run the world bank, jocks, and pre-meds who didn't get high enough marks in o-chem to get into med school. I wanted something that would set me apart from these people. I really liked math, found it to be very interesting, and would make the same decision again.