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Finance - Business Administration

Bachelor of Science

Finance combines practical, real-life concepts of the corporate world to provide a strong foundation in business practices, such as how businesses, financial institutions, and the government raise and invest capital to achieve their goals.

Career Opportunities
Students who graduate with a degree in finance can enter careers in domestic and multinational corporate financial management, the management of financial markets and institutions, personal financial planning, and investment analysis and portfolio management.

Recent graduates have found employment with many of the nation's top corporations and financial institutions, including: Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Dean Witter, The Vanguard Group and American Express Financial Services.

Finance students prepare for 2022 Community Bank Case Study Competition. 

Photo of finance students with executives from New Tripoli Bank.

Pictured above from left to right are: Dave Hunsicker (chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of New Tripoli Bank), Brittany Arentz, Margaret Gehman, Meg Davis, Cameron Baumgardner, Trevor Spaide, and John Hayes (executive vice president and chief lending officer of New Tripoli Bank).

On Thursday, March 10, a team of finance students from the College of Business met with executives from New Tripoli Bank to interview them for the 2022 Community Bank Case Study Competition.

The KU team is advised by Dr. John Walker, professor of finance, who states, "KU has had terrific success in the Bank Competition in the past, and I expect this year's team will also do well."

During the visit with bank executives, students discussed many topics, including recent developments in the banking industry and the outlook for small community banks over the next ten years.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Business Administration BSBA (Core)
    • Communication
      a. Oral Communication: communicate effectively by speaking clearly, concisely, and convincingly, using appropriate business conventions for the field of study.
      b. Written Communication: communicate effectively by writing clearly, concisely, and convincingly, using appropriate business conventions for the field of study.
    • Interpersonal Skills: demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, especially working in teams.
    • Critical Thinking
      a. Data Analysis: analyze data by using appropriate technology.
      b. Decision Making: analyze issues critically and make relevant decisions by identifying and assessing the significance of key factors and assumptions.  
    • Functional Knowledge: identify, define, and apply current fundamental concepts, principles, and practices in the disciplines of business, including globalization. 
    • Societal Impact
      a. Ethical Judgment: identify ethical breaches and how they adversely impact stakeholders.
      b. Social Responsibility: evaluate how business decisions impact the welfare of society.   

  • Business Administration: Finance (BSBA)
    1. Estimate and Evaluate: Identify the inputs needed to value a financial asset and apply a valuation methodology to estimate an asset's intrinsic value.
    2. Summarize and Interpret: Summarize the historic risk-versus-return relationship for financial assets and interpret various measures of risk and reward.
    3. Assess and Justify: Assess the inputs needed and justify the decision-making methodologies used to determine if resources should be allocated to an investment opportunity.
    4. Justify and Consider: Justify the purpose and consider the operations of financial markets and institutions.

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