The program's director will be Kent Belasco, a suburban Chicago bank executive and college professor who plans to retire from the bank this spring and concentrate fully on Marquette's new program.
Belasco, who is executive vice president and chief information and operations officer at First Midwest Bank, a nearly $10 billion-asset bank based in Itasca, Ill., said the Marquette program will give finance majors another area of focus in addition to investments or pure finance.
"Banking is a tremendous career path for young students because it varies these days," Belasco
"It ranges from operations and technology to lending to credit risk."
Belasco, who has taught finance at Elmhurst College in Illinois since 2003, said among courses for the new undergraduate program will be an introductory class explaining banking fundamentals, a class on bank leadership and a study of bank risk management - from traditional risks to cyberrisks.
The students accepted into the program will have internships at the end of their sophomore and junior years.
Guest speakers from the industry will be featured from time to time.
"They'll have a pretty strong foundation when they walk out of there," Belasco