Finance (B.B.A.)

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA) with a concentration in Finance is one of five BBA's offered by Southwestern Adventist University's Department of Business. The goal of the Business Department is to prepare the student for a career in business, guiding them in obtaining the abilities needed to succeed in their chosen area; Accounting, Management, Marketing, Finance or International Business. The student will develop competencies in integrity, research and critical thinking, communications, leadership, & professional skills through classroom instruction and activities, projects, case studies, interaction with professionals from the community, and other methods.

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Finance majors will find jobs such as financial analyst, financial manager, personal financial advisor, financial services sales agent, accountant, auditor, loan officer, and budget analyst to name a few. Individuals can work in fields such as the banking industry, investing and insurance, real estate, and corporate finance. Some of our graduates choose to continue their education in graduate school resulting in successful careers in many of these fields at an even higher level. 

Job Outlook

The job outlook for individuals with  finance degrees continues to improve. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between the years 2014 and 2024 there will be a 4.9% increase in jobs for financial specialists and about 21,900 job openings due to growth and replacement needs. Real estate brokers and sales agents will find about 40,300 new jobs between 2014 and 2024 and there will be a need for an additional 37,700 financial managers in the same period. 

Earnings

Earnings potential for graduates with  finance degrees vary widely depending on many factors including the geographic location, the industry you choose, position, skills and experience. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May, 2014), the average annual income for real estate brokers and sales agents is $55,530 while financial specialists earn an annual average of $71,230. The average annual income for  financial managers is $130,230.

Educational Qualifications

A Bachelors degree qualifies an individual for most entry-level positions. However, a graduate degree will significantly increase the potential of obtaining many psoitions as well as earning potential. 

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018. 

BUSINESS CORE

ACCT 211 Accounting Principles I ......................................3

ACCT 212 Accounting Principles II.....................................3

BUAD 203 Research in Business ...........................................1

BUAD 211 Profiles of Entrepreneurship ..............................3

BUAD 270 Management Information Systems ...................3

BUAD 301 Principles of Management..................................3

BUAD 311 Business Law ........................................................3

BUAD 321 Business Finance..................................................3

BUAD 460 Ethics & Business Social Responsibility............3

BUAD 466 Production and Operations Management........3

BUAD 472 Business Policies and Strategies ......................... 3

ECON 211 Macroeconomics..........................................3

ECON 212 Microeconomics .................................................. 3

MKTG 343 Principles of Marketing.......................................3 

FINANCE CONCENTRATION

BUAD 433 Investment Principles..........................................3

BUAD 452 International Finance..........................................3

BUAD 488 Advanced Finance ...............................................3

BUAD 493 Money and Banking ............................................ 3

BUAD Finance Electives..................................................6

TOTAL: 18

REQUIRED COGNATE

MATH 241 Introduction to Probability and Statistics.........3 

 

First Year

First Semester

ENGL 121—Freshman Comp ...........................................3

MATH 110—College Algebra ....................................................3

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life................................................2

BIAD 202-Introduction to Contemporary Business..........3

Life Science Elective ........................................................4

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

BUAD 211—Profiles of Entrepreneurship ...............................3

HIST xxx—History Course .........................................................3

RLGN xxx—Religion Course ....................................................3

CSIS xxx—Computer Science Course.......................................3

Fine Arts Elective .............................................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Year

ACCT 211—Principles of Accounting I ....................................3

BUAD 270—Management Information Systems ..................3

ECON 211—Macroeconomics...................................................3

ENGL 220—Research Writing...................................................3

MATH 241—Introduction to Probability and Statistics.........3

KINA Activity Elective.......................................................1

TOTAL:​ 16

ACCT 212—Principles of Accounting II ..................................3

COMM 111—Speech ..................................................................3

ECON 212—Microeconomics ...................................................3

RLGN xxx—Religion Elective .........................................................3

KINA xxx—Kinesiology Activity Course ..................................4

TOTAL:​ 16

Third Year

BUAD 301—Principles of Management...................................3

BUAD 311—Business Law .........................................................3

BUAD 321—Business Finance...................................................3

ENGL xxx—English Literature Course......................................3

MKTG 343—Principles of Marketing .......................................3

KINA xxx—Kinesiology Activity Course ..................................1

TOTAL:​ 16

BUAD 383—Finance Theory & Structure
of Financial Markets..............................................................3

BUAD 422—Portfolio Management ......................................3

RLGN xxx—Religion Course .................................................3

BUAD xxx—Finance Elective (upper division)........................3

History/Social Science Elective............................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

BUAD 452—International Finance...........................................3

BUAD 493—Money and Banking .............................................3

BUAD 460—Ethics & Business Social Responsibility ............3

BUAD 466—Production & Operations ....................................3

RLGN xxx—Religion Course ..............................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

BUAD 433—Investment Principles...........................................3

BUAD 472—Business Policies and Strategies (Capstone) ...3

BUAD 488—Advanced Finance ................................................3

BUAD xxx—Business Electives (upper division) ................3

History/Social Science Elective....................................3

TOTAL:​ 15