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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 the program sequence. (pdf download)

Foundations of Excellence39 cr.
ACES100 or OPENAchieving Career and Education Success or (if exempt) Open Elective3 cr.
COMM120Presentation Techniques3 cr.
ECON200Microeconomics3 cr.
ECON201Macroeconomics3 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
ENGL110Advanced Composition3 cr.
ENGL311Professional Writing3 cr.
ENVS125 or SCI/MATHIntroduction to Environmental Studies or Science/Math Elective3 cr.
MATH125Intermediate Algebra3 cr.
SOSC201Diversity in Society3 cr.
STAT220Introduction to Statistics3 cr.
HUMNHumanities Elective3 cr.
SOSCSocial Science Elective3 cr.
Foundations of Business32 cr.
ACCT201Accounting Foundations I4 cr.
ACCT202Accounting Foundations II 4 cr.
BITS211Microcomputer Applications: Spreadsheet3 cr.
BUSN120 or BUSN*Introduction to Business or Business Elective3 cr.
BUSN210Professional Ethics3 cr.
CISP112Applied Information Technology 3 cr.
FINC211Corporate Finance3 cr.
LEGL210Business Law Foundations3 cr.
MGMT211Management Foundations3 cr.
MKTG211Marketing Foundations3 cr.
Major43-49 cr.
ACCT301Intermediate Accounting I4 cr.
ACCT315Federal Taxation I 3 cr.
BUSN488TBBA Major Field Test0 cr.
FINC212Advanced Corporate Finance 3 cr.
FINC215Investment Planning3 cr.
FINC220Money and Banking: Treasury Management Focus3 cr.
FINC235Financial Analysis for Business Managers3 cr.
FINC320International Finance3 cr.
FINC402Portfolio Management3 cr.
FINC403Health Care Finance3 cr.
FINC495Financial Plan Development3 cr.
Choose one of the following options:(3) cr.
BUSN489Field Experience in Business3 cr.
FINC490Finance BBA Internship3 cr.
ACCT490Accounting BBA Internship3 cr.
FINC493 & FINC494ACG Capstone Experience I & ACG Capstone Experience II3 cr.
Choose the Financial Planning Specialty or three of the following electives: [FN](9 - 10) cr.
ACCT302Intermediate Accounting II4 cr.
FINC222Behavioral Finance3 cr.
FINC230Financial Planning and Insurance3 cr.
FINC301Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits3 cr.
FINC310Real Estate Finance3 cr.
FINC401Estate Planning3 cr.
Financial Planning Specialty [FFP](15) cr.
ACCT316Federal Taxation II3 cr.
FINC222Behavioral Finance3 cr.
FINC230Financial Planning and Insurance3 cr.
FINC301Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits3 cr.
FINC401Estate Planning3 cr.
Open Electives0-6 cr.