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

Program Coordinators by Concentration:

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.

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

IV. 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
    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.