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Porter B. Byrum School of Business

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The finance major concentrates on three areas:

Accounting: Understand what financial statements mean for people and businesses.

Economics: Explore the economic factors that affect individuals, companies and countries.

Finance: Learn about financial decision making, corporate fundraising and investment strategies.

We believe in hands-on learning and instruction with the latest tools and databases that employers expect you to use. That’s why our Finance Lab is an integral part of our program. All upper-level finance classes are lab-based courses and are taught in the Finance Lab. You’ll use cutting-edge software to find practical solutions to real problems. And we know what those problems are. That’s because we often consult with area companies to help them find solutions to their challenges. Our experiential approach and the well-equipped Finance Lab give you superior experiences for your résumé.

Thanks to small classes, you work closely with professors who encourage your research and ideas. Course projects hone your presentation, writing and technical skills. Those are skills employers demand of today’s graduates.

By the time you’re ready to graduate, you’ll be prepared to contribute in a meaningful way to your new company or business.

We offer both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. These options let you tailor your finance major to achieve your dreams.

  • Bachelor of Arts candidates take additional second language courses, enabling them to effectively communicate in the global marketplace. If international business is your goal, studying Chinese, Spanish or other languages can strengthen your career preparation.
  • Bachelor of Science candidates take extra classes in mathematics and/or laboratory sciences, such as biology and chemistry. If the financial side of the healthcare or pharmaceutical industries beckons you, a B.S. degree is a valuable foundation.





The Porter B. Byrum School of Business is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is the leading accreditation association for business education for institutions with a focus on teaching excellence. ACBSP accreditation assures students of a commitment to overall quality, academic rigor and continuous improvement in business education.

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Wingate's Leadership & Entrepreneurship Series

Spring 2023

Dr. Shante Williams

CEO of Black Pearl Global Investments (a $25 million venture capital fund).  She is a distinguished venture capitalist, business owner, inventor, intellectual property strategist, private investor, and author.  Dr. Williams has written two books to inspire more women and people of color to become venture capitalist.

Dr. Andre Walters

Co-Founder of Free Fenix, LLC (a venture company specializing in the franchise space, Duck Donuts and Salata Salad Kitchen).  He is also the founder and CEO of Fenix Options Club, LLC (a social finance community focusing on stock options trading and knowledge collaboration and shared opportunity.

Mr. Matt Villmer

Attorney and Managing Partner at VillmerCaudill Law Firm (specializing in business law and high-stakes litigation).  He has a passion for entrepreneurship and the development of a positive firm culture.  He consults and advises business owners in making their dreams come a reality.

The Porter B. Byrum School of Business has been an active partner with Soles4Souls since 2017. Students in the BUS 105: Business, Society and Sustainability course manage the shoe drives on Wingate's campus. Students measure their impact based on how many shoes have been collected, number of pounds not sent to a landfill and the value of shoes donated.

Shoes Collected

21,507 lbs.
not in landfills

value donated


Dr. Sergio Castello
(704) 233-8147