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A Degree in Finance: The Benefits Add Up

The Davenport University Finance accredited bachelor’s degree program has been designed as a partnership with the business community to provide a relevant, rigorous curriculum. You’ll develop a broad base of knowledge in:

  • Budgeting
  • Investments
  • Internal controls
  • Data analysis
  • International business

As a Davenport Finance major, you will begin business courses during your first term, to start building practical knowledge right away. An August 2011 CNBC special report* indicated that financial advisors are earning median salaries of about $90,000, well above average for college graduates.

In-Demand Careers

National employment projections from the 2010-2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate the demand for financial professionals will continue to grow through 2018**. Finance ranks in the top five majors currently in demand by employers. Our exceptional degree programs will make you a contender for in-demand positions, such as:

  • Auditor/Internal Auditor
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Advisor/Manager
  • Financial Services Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Treasurer

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Specialty Focus: Financial Planning

Our Bachelor of Finance degree also offers a specialty focus in Financial Planning. This concentration will be of interest to you if you want to become a financial advisor to individuals or businesses.

Davenport’s financial planning specialty is a registered program with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP). This means that when you complete the specialty courses with your major, you have guaranteed eligibility to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam, without the lengthy application process that non-registered program students must submit.

Want Even More?

Your BBA finance degree is also a great foundation for a Davenport Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree. Talk to your advisor about considering this as part of your education planning and professional goals.

A Strong Start: Associate of Business Administration – Finance

If you aren’t sure just what degree program is right for you, talk to your DU advisor. In addition to our Bachelor of Business Administration Finance degree, we offer an associate’s degree that may make sense for your situation. By talking through your goals, current status in the work force and at home, we are here to help you position yourself for the best possible career opportunities. 

Why Davenport?

Many areas of financial expertise will continue to drive job growth. Our program includes the opportunity to benefit from the national Business Professionals of America, where hundreds of DU students have won record-setting numbers of awards and started valuable networks of contacts. We also deliver:

  • State-of-the-art online technology and support
  • Flexible virtual and in-classroom programs
  • Small class sizes (both on campus and online!)
  • High quality coursework
  • 11 campuses statewide
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Cutting edge programs for today and tomorrow
  • Practical, in-field experiences



Learn Critical Skills, Gain Valuable Experience

Davenport’s finance program will prepare you for leadership positions with a practical understanding of how financial data is used in commerce. As you learn to analyze, formulate, evaluate and recommend ethical solutions to finance-related problems, you will also be eminently prepared to strategically apply financial data.

Talk to a DU advisor at your campus about creating a flexible schedule that works for you.

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Full Curriculum


The Finance BBA is designed to prepare students for professional positions in industry and in financial planning. Students completing this degree should be able to analyze, formulate, evaluate, and select appropriate ethical recommendations for finance-related problems. The analysis of market trends and conditions and relationship to individual job situations will also be emphasized. In addition, this finance program also provides the foundation for an MBA degree program.


**Which class should I take? When should I take it?  Please click here for a recommended program sequence.

Foundations of Excellence 39 cr.
COMM120 Presentation Techniques 3 cr.
ECON200 Microeconomics 3 cr.
ECON201 Macroeconomics 3 cr.
ENGL109 Composition 3 cr.
ENGL110 Advanced Composition 3 cr.
ENGL311 Professional Writing 3 cr.
FRSM100 Career and Education Seminar 3 cr.
MATH125 Intermediate Algebra 3 cr.
STAT220 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr.
SOSC201 Diversity in Society 3 cr.
HUMN Humanities Elective 3 cr.
SOSC Social Science Elective 3 cr.
ENVS125 or SCI/MATH Environmental Studies or Science/Mathematics Elective 3 cr.
Foundations of Business 32 cr.
ACCT201 Accounting Foundations I 4 cr.
ACCT202 Accounting Foundations II 4 cr.
BITS211 Microcomputer Applications: Spreadsheet 3 cr.
BUSN120 Introduction to Business 3 cr.
BUSN210 Professional Ethics 3 cr.
CISP112 Applied Information Technology 3 cr.
FINC211 Corporate Finance 3 cr.
LEGL210 Business Law Foundations 3 cr.
MGMT211 Management Foundations 3 cr.
MKTG211 Marketing Foundations 3 cr.
Major 40 - 46 cr.
ACCT301 Intermediate Accounting I 4 cr.
ACCT315 Federal Taxation I 3 cr.
BUSN488T BBA Major Field Test 0 cr.
FINC212 Advanced Corporate Finance 3 cr.
FINC215 Investment Planning 3 cr.
FINC220 Money and Banking 3 cr.
FINC235 Financial Analysis for Business Managers 3 cr.
FINC320 International Finance 3 cr.
FINC402 Portfolio Management 3 cr.
FINC403 Health Care Finance 3 cr.
FINC490 or FINC495 Finance BBA Internship or Financial Plan Development 3 cr.
Choose the Financial Planning Specialty or 3 of the following electives: [FN] (9 - 10) cr.
ACCT302 Intermediate Accounting II 4 cr.
FINC222 Behavioral Finance 3 cr.
FINC230 Financial Planning and Insurance 3 cr.
FINC301 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits 3 cr.
FINC310 Real Estate Finance 3 cr.
FINC401 Estate Planning 3 cr.
Financial Planning Specialty [FFP] (15) cr.
ACCT316 Federal Taxation II 3 cr.
FINC222 Behavioral Finance 3 cr.
FINC230 Financial Planning and Insurance 3 cr.
FINC301 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits 3 cr.
FINC401 Estate Planning 3 cr.
Open Electives 3 - 9 cr.