Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance
Sullivan's on-campus and online Business Administration Degree with a Concentration in Finance will prepare you for more advanced positions within the finance industry or the business marketplace as a whole. Areas covered include banking, investments, insurance, and portfolio management.
You will learn critical thinking skills, statistics, financial math and valuation principles. Even if you do not work in the field of finance, you will have an appreciation of financial topics that can help in your everyday life. Since the passage of the Revenue Act of 1978, many organizations eliminated the pension (defined benefits plan) and replaced it with the 401k (defined contributions plan), so finance is important to individuals as well as organizations. In a recent survey of employees, it was determined that the most important benefit provided was the 401k; it was also the most misunderstood.
This program offers an interactive educational instruction by using different types of media. Students have access to a library of videos created by Sullivan University faculty. Therefore, students always have access to an instructor. This is quite helpful if, when doing homework, a student forgets which functions to use in Excel or what number to use in a formula. In addition, the Finance department attempts to infuse each lecture with the most up-to-date and relevant tools being used by practitioners in the field.
You should have good communication skills, both written and spoken. Critical thinking skills are also essential for a finance student. You also need to have good skills with software programs, particularly Excel.
Length: 18 months beyond the associate degree
Completion of the Associate degree or its equivalent (see the Undergraduate Admissions section of the catalog for a description of Sullivan's 2 + 2 programs):
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken each per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.
General Studies Electives - Students must choose four additional General Education classes; at least one from the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category, one from the Social/Behavioral Sciences Category,one from the Humanities/Fine Arts category and one from any category. These classes are in addition to the required General Education classes listed in the program.
Free Electives - Elective classes are selected in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor to balance the program in keeping with the student’s personal objectives or associate degree.