Pretty much the title, I have to decide between accounting and finance soon but can't decide what to go with. I think I like finance more, but I'm worried that since I don't go to a target, a finance degree might be seen as worthless compared to accounting. My goal is to eventually become a financial executive of a company and I also have an interest in corporate development/i-banking, so which is more relevant?

I don't really enjoy my accounting classes (I am taking intermediate right now...) but do I need to bite the bullet and take accounting because I'm not from a target? I might have a higher GPA in finance and will be able to take some classes outside of business if I major in it, but I'm just worried about how I will be perceived if I just major in finance from a non-target university

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To be honest, focus on the subject you're better at. You have to spend a lot of time on the course and if you do something simply for the degree at the end, it'll be worthless if you get a low GPA.


do both. if you're at a non-target, it shouldn't be too hard to pick up that double major.

In reply to ncstater

do both. if you're at a non-target, it shouldn't be too hard to pick up that double major.

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As long as you're allowed to do it you might as well. Double majoring can't be a bad thing in this situation. Also, don't get overly concerned with which one will let you into a specific career path as that mood will most likely change over time. I'm assuming if you're just declaring now that you're maybe a sophomore? Doesn't matter, give it time and do as much as you can.


does not matter. you can be an art history major if you want. just learn basic accounting and show it off in interviews


How are your school's engineering, math, physics, and actuarial science programs? Are any of them top ten or top twenty?

Finance is always strongest when paired with a quantitative major. Accy is all right and there's a lot of efficiencies between Finance and Accy classes, but there's a lot more synergies with, say, Math or Stats.


Double majoring in both isn't allowed at my school, and my school's math/physics/etc are all just typical state school level. Nothing horrendous but nothing great either.

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Finance will obviously position you better for the positions you seek, however as you said it is a bit riskier coming from a non-target.

Take what you enjoy and what will be more relevant (finance) and maybe an accounting concentration. Then network your butt off!


I'm in the same situation. I feel like you go to my school lol


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