Are you interested in delving into the world of finance? Do you want to explore what finance means to organizations large and small?

The Department of Finance provides support in the areas of managerial finance, banking, financial services, business law and real estate. Students develop applied and theoretical knowledge as the basis for successful financial management of both large and small organizations and in providing financial services to both individuals and financial institutions.

The department offers two concentrations: finance and risk management and insurance. Each concentration furnishes professional education in relevant methods of financial management, preparing students to enter fields where they apply financial concepts to help solve problems and find solutions.

ECU Advantage

More students are enrolled in the ECU College of Business than in any other business school in the state. As a student in the College of Business, you’ll benefit from a professional college that has been continuously accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools worldwide, since 1967 (we are one of only two institutions in North Carolina—and 120 worldwide—that have been continuously accredited by the AACSB since 1967 or before.)

For the sixth straight year, the College of Business at East Carolina University has again earned top marks, ranking among the best U.S. business schools according to the Princeton Review.

We also offer a strong curriculum that prepares today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders; solid preparation in valuable 21st-century skills, including leadership skills, communications skills, and professionalism; a personalized network of support in a close-knit, caring community; diverse and talented full-time faculty with real-world experience in their fields of expertise; and small class sizes coupled with flexible class schedules and a variety of online options.

The College of Business offers a unique Living Learning Community option for first-year and sophomore students as well as a Business Scholars Award—a renewable four-year merit scholarship awarded to outstanding incoming students who are pursuing a BSBA.

Our programs boast exceptional educational value and a variety of active student organizations—offering you the opportunity to network and get involved.

What You Will Study

Finance Concentration Program Coordinator: Scott Below (3200 Bate Building; 252-328-6365; belows@ecu.edu)Risk Management Concentration Program Coordinator: Brenda Wells (3113 Bate Building; 252-329-6372; wellsbr@ecu.edu)

The BSBA in finance offers the student an opportunity to study a wide variety of financial topics. Concentrations are offered in finance and risk management and insurance. Finance concentration students interested in corporate or managerial finance should consider choosing among the following courses as possible electives: ACCT 3551, ACCT 3621, FINA 4414, FINA 4454, FINA 4734. Note: Students with an interest in banking or investments should consider the following courses as possible electives: FINA 4404, FINA 4404FINA 4414, FINA 4734, and FINA 4964. Students with an interest in international finance should consider FINA 4404, FINA 4414, FINA 4454, and FINA 4964 as possible electives. Students with an interest in real estate should consider FINA 3554, FINA 4604, FINA 4654, and FINA 4964 as possible electives.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • COMM 2020 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 2133 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 1066 - Applied Mathematics for Decision Making

  • PHIL 2274 - Business Ethics or
  • PHIL 2275 - Professional Ethics
  • Choose 3 s.h. from:
    • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
    • SOCI 2110 - Introduction to Sociology
2. Cognates - 6 s.h.
  • ENGL 3880 - Writing for Business and Industry
  • MATH 2283 - Statistics for Business *
  • Note:

    * This course can be used to meet the general education elective requirement.

    3. Business core - 36 s.h.
    • ACCT 2401 - Financial Accounting
    • ACCT 2521 - Managerial Accounting
    • FINA 2244 - Legal Environment of Business
    • FINA 3724 - Financial Management
    • MGMT 3302 - Management of Organizations
    • MGMT 4842 - Strategic Management
    • MIS 2223 - Introduction to Computers
    • MIS 3063 - Introduction to Management Information Systems
    • MKTG 3832 - Marketing Management
    • OMGT 3123 - Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • OMGT 3223 - Business Decision Modeling
    • Choose one international perspectives course from:
      • ACCT 4451 - International Accounting
      • FINA 4454 - International Finance
      • MGMT 3352 - International Business
      • MKTG 3852 - Cultural Environment of International Business
      • MKTG 4992 - International Marketing
    4. Concentrations - 18 s.h.

    (Choose one.)

      Finance concentration:
      • FINA 3144 - Financial Markets
      • FINA 3824 - Financial Analysis and Planning
      • FINA 3904 - Investments
      • Choose 9 s.h. from (a minimum 6 s.h. must be above 3999 or have an ACCT prefix):
        • ACCT 3551 - Intermediate Accounting I
        • ACCT 3621 - Cost Accounting
        • FINA 3154 - Principles of Risk Management and Insurance
        • FINA 3554 - Principles of Real Estate
        • FINA 4404 - Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
        • FINA 4414 - Derivatives and Financial Risk Management
        • FINA 4454 - International Finance
        • FINA 4604 - Real Estate Financing
        • FINA 4654 - Commercial Bank Management
        • FINA 4734 - Financial Management II
        • FINA 4961 - Topics in Finance
        • FINA 4964 - Topics in Finance
      Risk management and insurance concentration:
      • FINA 3154 - Principles of Risk Management and Insurance
      • FINA 3544 - Commercial Property Insurance
      • FINA 3564 - Commercial Liability Insurance
      • FINA 4500 - Risk Management I
      • FINA 4700 - Advanced Risk and Insurance Topics
      • Choose 3 s.h. from
        • FINA 3904 - Investments
        • FINA 4600 - Risk Management II
        • FINA 4750 - Insurance Market Operations
        • FINA 4964 - Topics in Finance
        • MKTG 4762 - Services Marketing
    5. Leadership and professional development - 9 s.h.
    • BUSI 1200 - Strategy First
    • BUSI 2200 - Experiential Leadership: Teams in Action
    • BUSI 3200 - Professional Development and Ethical Leadership
    • BUSI 4200 - Leadership Capstone
    • Leadership and Professional Development Portfolio must be completed prior to graduation.
    6. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • Finance, General
      • Financial Specialists
      • Business Teachers, Postsecondary
      • Finance and Insurance
      • Business and Administrative Services
      • Education and Training
      • Finance, General
      • Finance, General

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.