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

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.

Implementation Date: August 2019

Program Requirements:

Required Courses:

  • AC 211: Principles of Accounting
  • EC 201: Introductory Economics I
  • EC 202: Introductory Economics II
  • MA 151: College Algebra
  • BU 306: Quantitative Analysis OR
    MA 208: Statistics
  • BU 310: Finance
  • BU 311: Financial Management
  • EC 316: Intermediate Macro
  • EC 317: Intermediate Micro
  • EC 352: Business Economy & Catholic Social Thought
  • EC 408W: Economics Seminar

Elective Courses*:

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

*Must complete four elective courses.

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


Dr. Bill Van Lear

Dr. William Van Lear
Professor of Economics
B.A., Gettysburg College
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Two important qualities I’ve found at the Abbey have to do with the liberal arts campus environment and the small size of most classes. The liberal arts aspect has broadened my own education and the small class size feature allows a variety of educational approaches to teaching.

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

Dr. Susan Elizabeth Davis
Lecturer of Business
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.B.A., University of Rochester
Ph.D., Capella University

Dr. Gary J. Scott
Professor and Chair, Department of Business & Economics
B.A., Bowling Green State
M.A., Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

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