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Should ‘Coursework’ Go on Resume?

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Dear Experts,

I am currently rebuilding my resume and have been wondering the benefits to adding any “relevant coursework” in addition to my other educational and corporate experience.

In the previous drafts of my resume, I have excluded any mention of the courses I took while receiving my undergraduate education, however I have recently had a change of heart and want to know if it would be wise to add “relevant” coursework to a resume.

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, but due to the fact that my school did not/does not offer a finance degree, I concentrated most of my course work in the finance classes that were offered and “minored” in finance. I’ve never been one to believe that a minor holds much weight other than as resume fodder, so I would like to show potential employers exactly what I was spending my time (and money) on while at school.

The courses I would look to include would be Corporate Finance, International Finance, International Trade, Investment Theory, Micro & Macroeconomic Theory, Managerial & Financial Accounting, and Statistics.

I would like to know if I am correct in believing that by adding this list of courses in addition to my relevant industry experience, I can better portray my interest and expertise in the various aspects of the finance industry. I appreciate any and all advice that can be offered. Thank you.

Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

Q#314 Actually, I’d prefer to see the minor in finance. It implies the coursework. It’s a better use of valuable resume space. (@gradversity)

Q#314 In this job market, unless coursework can compete with actual experience other applicants may have – I’d leave it off. (@TaiGoodwin)

Q#314 Relevant coursework demonstrates interest in topic. Will not demonstrate expertise – theoretical knowledge only. (@DebraWheatman)

Q#314 R you new grad? If NO experience/internships, then may list relev courses/case studies. Results of learning=ideal. (@ValueIntoWords)

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