Students receiving a BSBA in Finance are given a broad-based knowledge of finance which they may supplement by focusing on a particular area through choice of electives in finance. Electives include topics in international finance, derivative securities, bank management, and insurance among others...
Bachelor in Finance (BSBA)
A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a functional major in finance prepares students for dynamic careers in a variety of finance positions. The finance field consists of three basic areas - Investments, Business (Corporate) Finance, Banking and Related Institutions. Students receiving a BSBA in Finance are given a broad-based knowledge of finance which they may supplement by focusing on a particular area through choice of electives in finance. Electives include topics in international finance, derivative securities, bank management, and insurance among others. This creates a number of career options, or choices for advanced education for undergraduates.
In addition to rigorous training in finance, the BSBA requirements provide an overview of all business areas. Students are required to complete courses in accounting, computer information systems, management and marketing. This extensive training, along with the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies's prestigious accreditation by AACSB-International, ensure students are well-prepared for a rewarding career in finance and business.
About the Faculty
Finance classes at UCM are instructed by highly qualified faculty members with a diverse set of training and work experiences. These faculty members are actively engaged in academic research, serve as professional consultants, and are involved in numerous professional organizations. These activities, along with the accrediting standards set by the AACSB-International, guarantee students that faculty members possess cutting edge finance knowledge. Finance faculty members are committed to personalized attention for each finance major.
Students pursuing a finance degree have access to a variety of campus organizations and events. The Department of Economics, Finance, and Marketing sponsors the Student Finance Association (SFA), which regularly sponsors on-campus speakers in finance and off-campus trips to agencies such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the Kansas City Board of Trade. The SFA also sponsors a student chapter of the Financial Management Association International which allows qualified students to join the highly regarded Financial Management Association National Honor Society.
In addition to on-campus activities, students are encouraged to complete an internship in finance in order to gain greater practical skills and insight during the completion of the undergraduate degree.
The department's offices are housed in the Dockery Building. Classrooms, however, are located in the state-of-the-art Ward Edwards Building, which includes a large computer lab, group computer rooms, group and individual study rooms, student organization offices, and common areas for students. Classrooms are equipped with up-to-date computer hardware and software. In addition to the standard classrooms, the department maintains a statistics classroom in which each student workstation is equipped with a notebook computer, allowing for hands-on learning of the procedures available in statistical software packages. Further, students majoring in finance must complete projects utilizing extensive financial databases such as the Center for Research in Securities Prices (CRSP) stock price database and the Standard and Poor's Research Insight database of corporations'; financial statements.
Students in finance remain in high demand by employers. Graduates with a BSBA in Finance from UCM have obtained employment in financial planning, insurance, banking, corporate finance, and investment services in locations such as Kansas City, St. Louis, New York City and Chicago. Employers have ranged in size from multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 companies to single-owner entrepreneurships. UCM's Office of Career Services assists students in finding employment by maintaining contacts with a variety of employers. Students are encouraged to register with Career Services early.