Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Finance, B.B.A. (R, A, L)

Finance is the art and science of managing money and offers perspectives and practical techniques for allocating capital and funds. The Finance major prepares students for careers in the fields of wealth management, financial planning, financial management, investment analysis, banking, insurance, real estate, securities data manager, crowdfunding specialist, hedge fund manager, financial analyst, mutual fund manager, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), consultant, credit analyst, treasurer, and chief financial officer (CFO) or comptroller. It prepares students for graduate work in finance or other areas of business, providing the quantitative foundations for entrepreneurship and financial innovations. Studying Finance develops planning and analytical skills, improving personal and professional decision making. Finance graduates, especially trained investment analysts, are in high demand in the dynamic global and domestic marketplaces, earning above average salaries. Our Finance graduates acquire an excellent grounding in theory, balanced with experience in hands-on market trading. The Finance program at Radford University encourages interaction with the Financial Management Association (FMA) and Student Managed Investment Portfolio Organization (SMIPO), training for professional certificates (CFA/CFP), and traveling to financial centers with Finance faculty. This major focuses on both professional and commercial applications of finance, with special emphasis on professionalism, ethical decision-making, analytics, and innovation.

REAL Curriculum

This major fulfills the R, A and L areas of the REAL Curriculum. Students develop scientific and quantitative reasoning by applying statistical and mathematical models to assist decision makers in solving business problems.  Students develop cultural and behavioral analysis competencies by examining the interaction of cultures and behaviors within the contexts of the domestic and global economic environment, examining individual and group behavior in organizations, and examining the practices used by organizations to create value, enhance satisfaction, and manage customer relationships. Students develop applied learning competencies through the exploration of professional practice. This occurs through the application of knowledge, skills, and critical reflection in the various business disciplines. Students need majors and/or minors to fulfill the E area in order to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

REAL Foundational Requirements

Foundational Math (3 credits)

REAL Cornerstone Requirements

Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level.

General Education Requirements

General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Finance major includes 30 general education credits.

Major Requirements (69-72 credits)

Finance Major (27-30 Credits)

Students may choose between the general Finance major or the Insurance and Real Estate concentration.

Additional Degree Requirements

Students must earn a major GPA of 2.0.  The major GPA is defined as all courses in the B.B.A. core and all courses required for the major.

Open Credit Hours (48-51 credits)

These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

Total Credits Needed for Degree 120