The Department of Finance at Georgia Southern University is dedicated to providing students with the foundation for careers in business, economics, law, public policy, and regional development. In addition, we provide those students who are interested in continuing their education in graduate school with a strong foundation to successfully pursue a Masters or Doctorate. Our department offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in finance. This website lets you meet the faculty, view the curriculum and learn of the many interesting activities in which both our students and faculty are engaged.
What Is Finance?
According to Webster’s dictionary, “finance” is the science of managing money. In that context, finance is the art and science of managing money in a business or in a family. Modern finance encompasses a number of specialty areas, loosely assembled around the end customer. Corporate finance focuses on business finance, personal finance focuses on individuals, and financial services focuses on the management of financial intermediaries such as banks, insurance companies and brokerage firms.
Why Major in Finance?
Finance offers many professional opportunities. Every small business person is, of necessity, a finance practitioner, while every major corporation has a finance division. Job opportunities abound in both the for-profit business arena and the not-for-profit sector.
Financial services firms such as banks and insurance companies employ millions throughout the United States, and millions more are employed abroad. Finance majors frequently find employment in these firms in a variety of different capacities, ranging from loan officers to insurance underwriters to stock brokers.
With the aging of the baby boomer generation in this country, there has been an increase in the demand for finance specialists who can advise individuals on their personal financial planning needs. Individuals seeking a career in the financial planning industry learn a variety of specialties, including financial markets and investments, portfolio management, real estate, insurance, and tax strategies.
The major in finance has been designed to provide the student with a variety of concepts and techniques that can be applied in all financial situations, as well as specialized study in particular fields.
Our program offers courses in various fields within the finance discipline, including real estate, insurance, banking and regional financial planning.
In addition, we offer course work in the traditional areas of investment, financial institutions, and international finance. The broad array of courses allow each student to design a program of study that suits his or her career plans.