Major in Finance

The BBA in Finance prepares business students for a career in banking, investments, financial planning, real estate, insurance, corporate finance, and other financial areas. The small upper-level finance classes allow valuable interaction with faculty members possessing a wealth of financial experience. Finance majors are encouraged to apply for the Clayton Investment Team, the College of Business' $1 million student-managed investment fund. Since 2007, the Clayton Fund has provided real-world experience to students and is an invaluable learning tool that can distinguish the FHU finance graduate in the job market.

Freed-Hardeman University's B.B.A. in Finance was welcomed into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program in the June of 2015. The B.B.A. in Finance incorporates at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and places emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice within the program. This program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.
Entry into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that Freed-Hardeman University's curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations.  Through participation in this program, Freed-Hardeman University is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

Degree Requirements

Course of Study for B.B.A. Majors in Finance and B.B.A./M.B.A. in Finance
I. General Education Requirements 45 hours
    Listed in this catalog under Academics: General Education Display  
    Limit II. C. Quantitative Reasoning to MAT 101 College Algebra  

II. Common Professional Component for all B.B.A. majors: 39 hours
ACC 231 Principles of Accounting I 3
ACC 233 Principles of Accounting II 3
BUS 254 Business Technology 3
BUS 351 Business Communication (W) 3
BUS 354 Legal Environment of Business 3
BUS 355 Statistical and Quantitative Analysis for Business  3
BUS 455 Business Ethics (W) 3
BUS 459 Business Strategy (W) 3
ECO 271 Macroeconomics 3
ECO 272 Microeconomics 3
FIN 385 Managerial Finance 3
MGT 241 Principles of Management 3
MKT 261 Principles of Marketing 3


III. Major Requirements:

48 hours
ACC 430  Principles of Taxation I 
ACC 530  Managerial Accounting  3
BUS 550  Analytical Decision Tools 
BUS 559*  Strategic Decision Making 
ECO 570  Economic Thought 
FIN 383  Risk Management 
FIN 386  Financial Markets and Institutions 
FIN 486  Investments 
FIN 487  International Finance 
FIN 580  Financial Management 
LDR 543  Leading Teams and Organizations 
MGT 540  Operations Management 
MKT 560  Marketing Management 

Choose three (3) hours from the following courses**:                                  3 hours

ACC 330 Intermediate Accounting I                                                                       (3) 
ACC 332  Management Accounting  (3) 
FIN 388  Personal and Financial Planning  (3) 
FIN 488  Debt and Derivatives  (3) 


Choose six (6) hours from the following courses:                                         6 hours

ACC 531*** Principles of Taxation II  (3) 
ACC 538*** Fraud Examination  (3) 
BUS 510  Business Communication  (3) 
BUS 520  Business Law and Ethics  (3) 


IV. Electives (including additional Bible):                                                        18 hours

*Functions as a capstone course for the program, to be taken during the last spring or last fall semester before anticipated graduation. 

**Students must choose one of the following accounting courses:  ACC 330, ACC 332, or ACC 531.

***Offered in a face-to-face format over a 15-week semester at the Henderson campus. Video streaming or asynchronous video access will be available for those not currently taking courses in person at the Henderson campus.

NOTE:  Students planning to take the CFA Level 1 Exam or pursue a career in financial analysis or investments should choose ACC 330 and take FIN 488 as an upper-division elective. Students planning to pursue a career in financial planning should choose ACC 531 and FIN 388.