Undergraduate Wharton degree advice

Hello everyone. I found this forum a few weeks ago and finally decided to get an account. I am a rising sophomore in wharton, and have put a ridiculous amount of thought into my career path/concentrations/major. I wanted to ask some of you guys some questions.

So right now I've set the following as my current academic plan.
Bachelor of science in economics with concentrations in Finance and Statistics
Math minor in the college of arts and sciences.

I have always been good at math, and I really enjoyed the two statistics classes i have taken thus far at wharton. I've decided on Finance because of the amazing classes and Professors here, and I enjoyed the one finance course i've taken so far.

Now, here's where i could use WSoasis's advice. I've talked to a few Goldman MBAs here, and i've also kept in contact with some friends in trading. I think that ideally i'd enjoy doing investment management in life. I love following the markets, and i watch bloomberg when i can. I know getting into hedge funds is impossible without ibanking experience, but i know of a few friends who went straight into Investment management after undergrad.

I have significant space in my next 6 semesters of scheduling to add to the above core of statistics+finance+math minor

the following are some options i've considered

A. I could stick with the above, but boost my GPA by taking fun classes and languages that i enjoy.
B. I could do a dual degree with math. This would give me the BS in finance and stat+ a BA in Math. The huge question that i have been trying to find out is how applicable the Real analysis and upper level calculus that the major entails is to finance.

C. I could do finance+statistics+math minor and add a computer science minor. I have taken one comp sci class in my life, and am not a programmer by ANY means. A few of my friends are working at hedge funds in china and HK using c++, and I feel that the computer science minor might be more useful than the real analysis and advanced calculus involved in a math major.

I really appreciate those of you who actually read all of this. I'm just so torn as to what employers want, and what is impressive in their eyes.

I have many more questions to ask on this forum, but i think this is a good start.


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Comments (3)

Aug 1, 2010 - 8:31pm

I would stick with what you've currently got...the core is pretty challenging (time-wise especially), and in the end, your GPA matters a lot more during OCR, so I think you should add some fun/easy classes in the mix.

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