Accounting, Finance, & Economics / Rankin College of Business
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Finance majors learn money management skills valuable to businesses, organizations, and individuals. Finance graduates consistently rank among the highest average starting salary for any undergraduate major. In addition, opportunities exist in a wide range of specific financial fields. For example, real estate and personal financial planning are ideal for those with strong interpersonal skills who enjoy working with people. Meanwhile, financial analysis and risk management cater to those with strong analytical and mathematical backgrounds.
In the first two years, students take a broad range of classes both in the College of Business and across campus. Upper level courses focus on developing finance knowledge and skills.
- Classes include areas related to: Financial Management, Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits, Estate Planning, Insurance, Individual Tax, and Investment.
- Students are encouraged to obtain an internship related to their career plans. In the past, some of our students worked as interns for Ameriprise, BancorpSouth, Edward Jones, Farmers Bank & Trust, Mustard Seed Wealth Management, and State Farm Insurance.
- Students are encouraged to obtain an internship related to their career plans.
- Students are assigned a member of the finance faculty as an advisor to help with class scheduling, professional mentoring, and career placement.
Financial Planning Careers
- Personal Financial Advisor – assists clients with advice on investments, taxes, and even manage their finances. Job growth is predicted to be high. Can work in the finance and insurance industries or be self-employed. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/personal-financial-advisors.htm
- Our finance graduates are working as financial advisors for the following firms:
Edward Jones | Ameriprise | Merrill Lynch | Mustard Seed Financial
- Students can join ENACTUS, a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world. ENACTUS members are afforded numerous opportunities to network and participate in a variety of projects and trips.
- Students can participate in the Finance and Economics Society to meet other students, and network with financial professionals.
- Student can also participate in the Student Investment Advisory Council to manage endowment funds.
- Our faculty hold a variety of financial designations/certifications such as Bloomberg Essentials, CFAs, and CFPs.
- Some of our faculty possess extensive industrial experiences as a financial advisor.
- The finance faculty in the Rankin College of Business are highly skilled professionals, with doctorate degrees in the field or years of professional experience.
- Our faculty are strong scholars, having conducted research in banking, financial markets, small business management, asset valuation, and finance and economics education.
- Graduates from the College of Business can communicate effectively.
- Our graduates are prepared to be socially responsible citizens.
- Our graduates can think critically, solve problems, and make informed decisions.
- Our graduates can use technology effectively in their fields.
- Our graduates have content knowledge in their chosen fields and the necessary skills to be successful.
banker, commercial, corporate, entrepreneur, planner, analyst, stock, broker, venture, capitalist
Major in Business Administration: Finance (BBA) – 120 hours
Students earning a B.B.A. with an emphasis in finance complete 120 hours and have the choice of three options within the emphasis, including the following specific requirements:
University General Education – 35 hours
Business Core Curriculum – 54 hours
Finance Curriculum – 27 hours
Electives – 2 hours
University Requirement, GSTD 1002 – 2 hours
Note: Business majors may not take FIN 2003 or ECON 2103 Principles of Microeconomics as part of their general education requirements.
Finance – Financial Planning Option
ACCT 3023 Individual Tax
FIN 3013 Insurance Principles and Planning
FIN 3023 Financial Institutions and Markets
FIN 3053 Investments
FIN 4003 Advanced Financial Management
FIN 4063 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
FIN 4073 Estate Planning and Taxation
6 hours selected from the following:
ACCT 3003 Intermediate Accounting I
ECON 3093 Managerial Economics
ECON 4023 Free Enterprise Studies and Projects
FIN 3033 Entrepreneurial Finance
FIN 3083 Fundamentals of Real Estate
FIN 3983 Business Internship in Finance
Professional Examination Requirements
Southern Arkansas University is registered with the Certified Financial Planner® Board of Standards, Inc., in Denver, Colorado, to offer a program in financial planning. Successful completion of this program qualifies students to sit for the nation CFP® Certification Examination. Students interested in this program should pursue a B.B.A. degree with an emphasis in finance and a track in financial planning and consult their faculty advisor to select appropriate electives.
Minor in Finance – 15 hours
15 hours of upper-level finance courses*
(*FIN 3003 is a prerequisite to the 15-hour curriculum)