Finance

 

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Department Head: 
Advising Coordinator: Karin Hickenbotham
Phone: 479.788.7800
College Website: College of Business

Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Plans: 

Major

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance provides students with fundamental financial management tools and core knowledge in business.  Students develop analytical skills as well as problem-solving abilities by taking courses in business finance, investments, international finance, advanced financial management, as well as money, banking, and financial markets.

What can you do with a degree in Finance?

Persons working in the field of finance analyze and execute the financial aspects of managerial decisions.  They also serve outside decision makers like banks, government agencies, and stockholders by providing relevant financial information about businesses and individuals.
 
The opportunities with a finance degree span many areas including corporate and international financial management, personal financial planning and investment services.  Brokerage firms, commercial banks, and insurance companies also employ finance graduates.  Specific job titles include:
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Chief financial officer
  • Commercial banker
  • Money manager
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Insurance underwriter
Those employed in the finance profession often find it beneficial to further their training and credentials by seeking special professional designations such as CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), CFP (Certified Financial Planner), or API (Associate in Personal Insurance).

Websites for Career Research

 Focus 2
(The student self-registration Access Code is: numa.)

Why should you choose to major in Accounting? 

Job prospects in finance are expected to grow faster than average for the next 10 years.  The finance professions of financial advisor and financial manager made U.S. News and World Report’s list of Top Ten Best Jobs in Business.

Special Application Procedures

In order to become a major, you must complete a change of major/major declaration form with your adviser.  There are no special application requirements.  However, finance majors must be admitted to the College of Business in order to take upper-level courses in business and accounting.  Please click here for Admission Requirements.

Internship Opportunities

  •  Beall Barclay Wealth Management, LLC
  •  Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  •  First National Bank of Fort Smith
  •  BancorpSouth

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Academic Clubs, Organizations, and Honor Societies

Graduates are employed with:

  • ArcBest Corporation
  • Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Arvest Bank
  • Baldor Electric
  • Beall Barclay Wealth Management
  • JB Hunt
  • USA Truck, Inc.
  • Walmart Corporation

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