Faculty member discusses finance with students

Our students learn by doing—digging into real-world problems alongside industry leaders. You might be asked to manage an investment portfolio worth $1 million or forecast a company’s financial risks. With so many engaging immersive courses, we encourage you to sign up for several during your time at Ball State.

Faculty mentors may invite you to apply for an immersive experience, or you may see one publicized through immersive learning classes. Either way, you need to apply for an open project, and your faculty advisor will then prompt you to enroll. Immersive learning courses are typically 3 credit hours, but some experiences consume your entire semester’s academic focus.

Manage a Real Portfolio

Forget about pretending you are a fund manager. You can step into the real role through our Portfolio Management class (FIN 410). The Ball State University Foundation has entrusted our students to manage and increase a portion of their portfolio. As a member of the investment team, you’ll be responsible for a portfolio worth more than $1 million, including securities analysis and driving the strategy behind the fund's performance.

Rely on your knowledge of investments to carefully shepherd the foundation’s money. Learn how to use a wide range of stock valuation techniques and investment strategies. Improve your teamwork skills in group stock presentations. Hone your skills for career advancement and personal responsibility. Deal with the genuine pressure of managing actual money.

Simulating Financial Hub

The A. Umit Taftali Center for Capital Markets and Investing (Whitinger Business Building, room 148) is a state–of-the-art teaching, learning, and research hub that closely simulates Wall Street. The real-world financial environment empowers students to excel in navigating financial markets and work toward Bloomberg Certified credentials, a highly valued asset for finance professionals.