Porter B. Byrum School of Business
FInance Overview
Do you have an interest in the financial system and how money flows through it? Do you wish to be a part of a small program that allows faculty to know each student individually? The finance major at Wingate University focuses on students and these topics to better prepare you for life after graduation.

The mission of the Porter B. Byrum School of Business is to deliver nationally accredited bachelors and masters degree programs in business. In addition, the Porter B. Byrum School of Business seeks to encourage students to pursue academic and professional excellence while providing opportunities for engagement with ethical issues, involvement with cultural events and encountering of a global perspective.

The finance major is designed to educate you in three major areas: finance, economics and accounting. In the investments course, you will learn about financial decision-making from the investor perspective; corporate finance teaches how businesses raise and invest capital.  A strong economic foundation is necessary to understand the more complex issues corporations and individuals face in making decisions. Accounting classes reinforce your ability to understand and analyze financial statements and how they relate to financial decision-making.

In finance, you will complete several different projects throughout the program. The projects help develop technical skills you will need for entry level business positions.  In addition, the program will help you improve your writing and presentation skills so you can enter the professional world confident you have the necessary skills to succeed. The number of financial advisors is expected to increase by 41 percent; financial analysts are projected to grow by 34 percent.

Many finance alumni have completed graduate programs and are employed in a variety of positions around the Charlotte metro area and the world.

Porter B. Byrum School of Business

Graduate Opportunities

Wingate University offers a nationally accredited Master of Business Administration program. Click here to learn more about the MBA program.

Economic thinking is a useful means to understand a number of social and political events.  The goal of the economics minor is to develop your analytical skills so that you can understand current events and produce reasoned analyses of policy changes proposed for the future.  You will study decisions by individuals and firms (microeconomics) and study the economy at large (macroeconomics).  You can take courses to learn about the capitalist system in the U.S., developing economies, environmental policies and other special topics.

An economics minor will help build your research and critical thinking skills.  The minor is an excellent complement to majors within the Porter B. Byrum School of Business or to majors within the College of Arts and Sciences.  The minor may be helpful if you are looking to strengthen credentials for graduate school.  The minor may also be useful when looking for employment within government or industry.

Dr. Peter Frank, Interim Dean

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Classes of Interest
FINA 318, Financial Management
FINA 321, Money and Financial Institutions
FINA 414, Equity Investing and Portfolio Management
FINA 418, Corporate Finance
FINA 420, International Finance
Delta Mu Delta, national honor society
Delta Sigma Pi, professional business fraternity
Internships are recommended but not required

David Sanctis – Smith Barney
Hope Gilley – Merrill Lynch
Amber Gulledge – Keane Capital Management
Kimberly McQuage – City of Monroe
Research Projects
Capital Budgeting spreadsheet assignments
Stock-Trak Investment Portfolio
Summer Research and Honors projects are available
Career Opportunities
Financial Advisor
Financial Analyst
Credit Analyst
Stock Analyst
Commercial Banking
Our Graduates
Amber Gulledge Rozina, The Remi Group, LLC
Shaun Cuthbertson, CIT Group
Marius Dan , MS University of Wyoming, financial news network in Romania
Stacy Cuffe, MS University of Maryland, MSCI Barra
Dusan Curcic, Ph.D. student at University of Virginia
Ryan Culpepper, Smith Barney financial advisor
Kimberly McQuage, Edward Jones