Accounting program major

Economics / Finance

SBU’s Economics and Finance major combines the disciplines of both economics and finance to prepare you for a career in areas such as banking, financial services, investing, management, and government.

With this degree you will understand both economic and financial analysis skills and techniques. You will have the tools to provide great value to any company by understanding business principles and issues in an ever-changing economy. Economics courses are taught with a focus on the importance of free markets.

94%
Job
placement
rate

(For College of Business and Computer Science graduates in fall 2016 within six months of graduation)

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Receive a well-rounded education and career preparation through SBU's unique comprehensive degree with both economics and finance. This combined degree opens up many opportunities both in the workplace and in furthering your education in graduate school.
  • Learn economics from a free market-oriented perspective taught by SBU faculty. You will understand the importance of free markets, the benefits of free enterprise to society, and the problems with government intervention in the economy.
  • Thrive within a close-knit community where class sizes are small enough for dedicated faculty to provide personalized attention that builds lifelong friendships.
  • More than 75% of students in the business administration department complete at least one internship before graduation.

Faith Integration

Faculty are committed to intentionally integrating Christian faith in the classroom with the goal of producing future business leaders who are also servant leaders. For example, as an Economics and Finance major, you will take a course in International Economics and Finance that uses the Poverty Cure video series to facilitate a Biblical discussion about global poverty.

Psalm 15 — The SBU College of Business and Computer Science's Psalm 15 initiative provides intentional integration of faith and academic discipline. Using Psalm 15 as a basis, the College has identified eight character traits that should be the hallmark of the College's students and graduates. These character traits are emphasized in coursework and in a special lecture series. The highlighted character traits are: Integrity, Service, Respect, Charity, Faithfulness, Truthfulness, Humility and Perseverance.

Ethics and Professional Development — As part of an intentionally Christian education, all students in the College of Business and Computer Science take a senior-level course in Ethics and Professional Development. The course teaches Christian personal and professional ethics and equips students with life skills such as career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning, with the goal of producing ethical business leaders who will be servant leaders in the workplace.

Careers

Examples of organizations that have employed our graduates:

  • Bank of America
  • Edward Jones
  • Federal Reserve
  • Jack Henry & Associates
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • State Farm
  • United Missouri Bank

Internships

Examples of organizations that have provided internships for our Economics and Finance majors:

  • Accenture
  • Dannon
  • Sam's Club
  • Walmart Headquarters

graduate schools

Examples of graduate schools attended by our graduates:

Like most of my classmates, I had a job offer before I graduated. I know I was well-equipped as I often find myself drawing on the principles and concepts that I learned in my major. The faculty at SBU are second to none, not only in scholarly excellence, but also in genuine care for each student.

Alex Huff '14, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones
Alex Huff, Economics/Finance Alum

Clubs and organizations

ENACTUS

Formerly known as Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), Enactus is an international nonprofit organization (headquartered in Springfield, Mo.) dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. More than 69,000 students at more than 1,740 universities in 36 countries plan and implement community development projects to improve the world around them. At the end of each school year, the teams present their projects at a regional competition. Select teams advance to the national competition with the winner advancing to the Enactus World Cup where one team is chosen the winner among all participating universities.

SBU Enactus has won its regional competition nearly ever since 1985 and has gone on to succeed consistently at the national level, ranking as high as the top 8 in the nation in 2017.

Delta Mu Delta

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students in business administration. The purpose of Delta Mu Delta is to promote higher scholarship in education for business, and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business subjects. Delta Mu Delta is an invitation-only society for juniors and seniors in the top 20% of their class with a minimum GPA of 3.25.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. PBL is for college students whereas FBLA is for high school students. PBL has more than 10,000 members and more than 500 chapters. 

SBU's PBL chapter consistently excels at the yearly state and national competitions. In 2017, SBU PBL competed against 208 students and 15 universities at the state competition and had 20 top-five finishes, including six first-place winners. At the 2017 national competition, SBU PBL had nine students compete and brought home eight top-10 finishes!

Financial Management Association (FMA)

Financial Management Association (FMA) offers amazing opportunities for business students. In the SBU FMA chapter, students have the opportunity to meet and network with local finance professionals, engage in investment competitions, participate in community service, and network with SBU peers. As a member of FMA, a national organization, students gain access to FMA's extensive online library, online forecasting competition, job posting board, and international networking and award opportunities.

scholarships

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science (COBACS) offers many privately funded department and college-level scholarship opportunities for its students. During the 2015-16 academic year, more than $64,000 was awarded in private scholarships to COBACS students.

  • Aric Beckham Memorial Scholarship
  • Bill & Geneva Williams Memorial Scholarship
  • Business College Scholarship
  • Clifford & Marie Gouge Memorial Scholarship
  • Dexter Yager Business Scholarship
  • Gary & Jane Black Excellence Scholarship
  • Gladys Henderson Memorial Scholarship
  • Jack Henry & Associates Scholarship
  • Lynn & Dean Credille Memorial Scholarship
  • Melvin & Minnie Hall Memorial Scholarship
  • Nebraska Book Company Scholarship
  • Ralph Stufflebam Memorial Scholarship
  • Ruby Letsch-Roderique Business Scholarship
  • W. Lee Beaver Trust Scholarship

Economics / finance Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
BUS 1013 Introduction to Business 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
FAR 1023 Introduction to Fine Arts 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

BUS 2013 Business Communications 3
BUS 1193 Business Calculus 3
ACC 2013 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MGT 3013 Principles of Management 3
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

CIS 3303 Systems Management 3
BUS 2023 Business Statistics 3
ACC 2043 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
ECO 2033 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MKT 3023 Principles of Marketing 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
Total hours 18
 

Junior

Fall Semester

BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
ECO 3023 Money and Banking 3
FIN 3053 Business Finance 3
FIN 4073 Insurance (fall, odd) 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
ECO 3043 Managerial Economics 3
FIN 4053 Investments (spring, even) 3
  Cultural Studies 3
  Elective for 128 Hours 3
Total hours 16
 

Senior

Fall Semester

KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
MGT 3033 Operations Management 3
ECO 3053 International Economics/Finance (fall, even) 3
  Upper-Level COBACS Course 3
BUS 3073 Legal Environment of Business I 3
Total hours 14

Winterfest

ECO/FIN 4173 History of Finance and Economic Thought 3

Spring Semester

SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
LDR 4043 Ethics and Professional Development 3
MGT 4083 Strategic Management 3
FIN 3003 Personal Financial Planning 3
FIN 4033 Derivatives (spring, odd) 3
Total hours 14

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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Economics/Finance Plan