Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance


Those working in the finance field 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 banking, corporate and international financial management, risk management as well as personal financial planning and investment services.

Skills and Characteristics

  • Oral and written communication
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Financial case analysis & recommendation
  • Understanding of financial markets
  • Economic analysis
  • Team oriented
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Career Opportunities

  • Financial analyst/ manager
  • Chief financial officer
  • Credit analyst
  • Loan officer
  • Commercial banker
  • Personal financial or investment advisor
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Risk manager

Salary & Outlook


Financial advisor and financial manager are job titles that consistently top the U.S. News and World Reports list of Best Jobs in Business. According to CareerOneStop, a U.S. Department of Labor- sponsored website, the median annual wage for annual wage for financial analysts in 2013 was $78,400 nationally and $63,800 in Arkansas. Additionally, job prospects in finance are expected to grow faster than average for the next 10 years. Salaries and outlook depend on job title, career field, level of education, experience, industry, and location. For more information on salary and outlook, visit:


Career Resources


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The COB requires each major to take a common lower and upper level set of core classes as well as individual major requirements tailored to each specific major. The following classes total 72 hours of business and accounting related coursework:

Lower Level Business Core

ACCT 2803 Principles of Financial Accounting

ACCT 2813 Principles of Managerial Accounting

ECON 2803 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2813 Principles of Microeconomics

LAW 2003 Legal Environment of Business

MGMT 1203 Foundations of Business

MGMT 2203 Introduction to International Business

MGMT 2863 Business Communication

STAT 2503 Probability and Statistics I


Upper Level Business Core

FIN 3713 Business Finance

MGMT 3133 Social Responsibility and Ethics in Business

MGMT 3153 Organizational Behavior

MGMT 3523 Operations Management

MGMT 3913 Decision Support Systems

MGMT 4813 Strategic Management

MKTG 3013 Principles of Marketing Management


Finance Major Requirements

FIN 3723 Investments

FIN 3813 Money, Banking, & Financial Markets

FIN 4743 Advanced Financial Management

FIN 4203 International Finance

There are 12 additional hours of major requirements. Six hours must be upper level FIN courses and six hours of COB courses outside FIN.




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