Undergraduate

Finance Alum Turns Class Assignment into Job

Katherine Dreyfuss ’12 landed a job at Frost Bank after completing a class assignment that challenged her to find a career mentor in her field, conduct a job inquiry interview, submit her resume for an internship with the company, and experience a “mock interview” with her career mentor. 

Finance

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance at St. Edward’s is the first step toward a rewarding career within the banking, investment and business world. Finance is the cornerstone of every industry, from government agencies to banks to nonprofits to multinational companies. Students with strong mathematical skills are well-suited to the BBA in Finance.

In this program, you’ll learn how to collaborate with other members of the business world. You’ll study historical cases and modern finance stories taken straight from the headlines. Students also gain insights from guest speakers inside the world of finance who are eager to share their experience.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

Overview:

As a BBA in Finance major, you’ll discover how finance applies to a variety of areas, such as investment banking and global business. You’ll learn how monetary value is created, calculated and maintained throughout the financial system. You'll also understand the importance of raising and using capital in order to add value to a business or corporation.

With a BBA in Finance, graduates are prepared for rewarding careers in fields such as banking, real estate and investment. For example, you could become a credit analyst for a bank or credit union, a mortgage analyst or financial advisor with an investment firm, or a financial analyst with a multinational corporation.

To increase employment opportunities, many graduates pursue advanced degrees in related business disciplines, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Accounting. Close interaction with your faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work in finance.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. SMB GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (6 CREDIT HOURS):
• Introduction to Information Systems or Quantitative Applications Software for PCs
• Precalculus

V. CORE COURSES (39 CREDIT HOURS):
• Principles of Accounting I
• Principles of Accounting II
• Business Statistics
• Legal Environment of Business
• Business Communication
• Strategic Management
• Microeconomic Principles
• Macroeconomic Principles
• Introduction to Finance
• Principles of Management
• Business Responsibility and Ethics in Management
• Operations Management
• Principles of Marketing

VI. MAJOR CORE COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
Finance Required Courses
• Intermediate Financial Management
• Investment Principles and Analysis
Select four of the following courses:
• Internship
• International Trade and Finance
• Federal Taxation
• Entrepreneurial Finance
• Special Topics in Finance
• Real Estate Finance
• International Finance
• Financial Institutions and Markets
• Cases in Applied Finance
Accounting Required Courses
Select one of the following courses:
• Financial Statement Analysis
• Intermediate Accounting I
Electives
Choose 3 hours minimum of electives

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

Opportunities

In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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