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 Affiliation Program in 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 Affiliation 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.

Each fall, students in FIN386 Financial Markets and Institutions complete Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) receiving Bloomberg Certification and valuable exposure to this industry-leading financial data platform. Additionally, FHU is an active participant in the CFA Institute Research Challenge. The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual, global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. 

Chartered Financial Analyst® is a registered trademark owned by CFA Institute.

Degree Requirements

B.B.A./M.B.A. in Finance

Program Coordinator: Dr. Ryan Hysmith

A student who completes this program will receive both the B.B.A and the M.B.A. degrees. 

For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation


150 hours

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements

34 hours

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Display


Limit II. C. Quantitative Reasoning to MAT 235 Introductory Statistics


II. Common Professional Component for all B.B.A. majors:

39 hours

ACC 231

Principles of Accounting I


ACC 233

Principles of Accounting II


BUS 254

Business Technology


BUS 351

Business Communication (W)


BUS 354

Legal Environment of Business


BUS 355

Statistical and Quantitative Analysis for Business 


BUS 455

Business Ethics (W)


BUS 459

Business Strategy (W)


ECO 271



ECO 272



FIN 385

Managerial Finance


MGT 241

Principles of Management


MKT 261

Principles of Marketing



III. Major Requirements:

48 hours

ACC 430 

Principles of Taxation I 

ACC 530 

Managerial Accounting 


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 


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


ACC 332

Management Accounting


ACC 531***

Principles of Taxation II



Choose six (6) hours from the following courses: 

6 hours

ACC 538***

Fraud Examination


BUS 510

Business Communication


BUS 520

Business Law and Ethics



IV. Electives (including additional Bible):   

29 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 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.