• To provide a comprehensive understanding of asset and risk management, grounded in data science and market analyses.

You’ll enjoy the Abbey’s Finance Program if you:

  • excel in math and social sciences.
  • have a disciplined and analytical mind.
  • enjoy staying up-to-date with the current financial trends and forecasts.

Our Finance degree strives to develop students’ technical skills in:

  • market forecasting
  • effective communication
  • critical analyses
  • wealth management and accrual

With a Finance degree from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a variety of opportunities, including:

  • Personal Financial Planning
  • International Asset & Portfolio Management
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Risk & Tax Management
  • Forecasting Revenues & Expenditures
  • Industry-Market Analysis
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Coordinating Mergers & Acquisitions

The Abbey Difference:

Finance develops analytical reasoning through formal modeling, empirical testing, cash flow analyses, and historical-institutional interpretations. Finance majors gain training for strategic management and leadership; along with strong preparation for graduate study in Finance, Economics, Law, or MBA programs. The knowledge and skills developed are utilized in problem solving, executive decision-making, and policy applications in business, regulation, internal compliance, banking, investment, and not-for-profit organizations. Thus, the Finance major prepares students for interesting careers as well as for further graduate work. Oral and written communication is especially important in course work; together with mathematical, empirical, graphical, and data-presentation software and skills.

Faculties are committed to modeling and encouraging the development of honesty, integrity, and virtue in our students. Our hope is to provide an atmosphere of learning and study that will, in keeping with the highest values of a Catholic and Benedictine education for humane stewardship, enable young men and women to live a life that will help to make the world a better place.

Robert J. Shiller, a 2013 Nobel Laureate, elaborates eloquently of finance grounding in some objective good: “The very word finance actually derives from a classical Latin term for ‘goal’ … There is a fundamental concept of symmetry implicit in the concept of market efficiency. This is the idea, fundamental to financial theory, that prices in different markets are just manifestations of a deep underlying truth … small price changes amounts to a result that is not random but that instead provides discovery of true economic value.”

Graduates of Finance tend to work as financial analysts or managers in corporations, commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, brokerage firms, and pension funds.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports overall mean annual salary—encompassing the range of entry-level and senior-level experience—for all Finance Managers to be almost $150,000.

Program Requirements:

Required Courses:

  • AC 211: Principles of Financial Accounting
  • EC 201: Introductory Economics I
  • EC 202: Introductory Economics II
  • MA 210: Mathematics for Economics and Finance
  • EC/BU 306: Quantitative Analysis OR
    MA 208: Statistics
  • BU 310: Finance
  • BU 311: Financial Management
  • EC 316: Intermediate Macro
  • EC 317: Intermediate Micro
  • EC/TH 352: Business Economy & Catholic Social Thought
  • EC 408W: Economics Seminar

Elective Courses*:

  • BU 335: Personal Finance and Investments
  • BU 411: Financial Investments
  • ET 303: Financing New Ventures
  • EC 305: Data Analytics for Economics and Finance
  • EC/BU 307: Money and Banking
  • BU 412: Legal Environment of Business
  • EC/BU 424: Public Finance
  • EC 440: International Economics and Finance
  • IB 310: International Business
  • EC/BU 410: Business and Society
  • MA 205: Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences OR
    MA 201: Calculus I
  • MA 305: Advanced Statistics
  • BU 453: Internship
  • EC 490: Senior Thesis

*Must complete four elective courses.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Required Courses:

  • BU 310: Finance I
  • BU 316: Financial Management
  • BU 411: Financial Investments
  • EC 440: International Economics and Finance

One Course from:

  • BU 335: Personal Finance and Investments
  • ET 303: Financing New Ventures
  • EC 307: Money and Banking
  • EC 424: Public Finance
  • EC 410: Business and Society

Students not majoring in Business Management or Economics must first complete as prerequisite:

  • EC 202 Introductory Economics II

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.


Dr. Gary J. Scott
Professor and Co-Chair of Finance
Chair of Economics

B.A., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Brad Frazier
Professor and Co-Chair of Finance
Chair of Business Management

B.A., Pfeiffer College, 1992
M.B.A., Pfeiffer University, 2004
Ph.D., Lynn University, 2009

Phyllis Barbour
Business Lecturer
A.A.S., Gaston College, 1983
B.S., Gardner-Webb University, 1983
M.B.A., Queens University, 1990
C.P.A., 1996
C.M.A., 1999

Michael Szpindor Watson
Assistant Professor of Economics
B.A., Indiana University, 2010
Ph.D. (candidate), George Mason University

Daniel Kling
Assistant Professor of Finance
B.A. Truman State University, 2007
M.A. George Mason University, 2012
Ph.D. George Mason University, 2018

Dr. Hannah Kling
Assistant Professor of Data Science and Economics
B.A. Hillsdale College, 2009
Ph.D. George Mason University, 2017