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Department of General Business and Finance

About | Highlights | Career Opportunities | Student Organizations and Activities | Internships | Scholarships | Courses


Balasundram Maniam

Leroy Ashorn, Jim Bexley, Jonathan Breazeale, Martin Griffin, Jose Guitierrez, Kathy Hill, Harold Hurry, Geraldine Hynes, Joe James, Keith Jenkins, Kurt Jesswein, Steve Johnson, Marguerite Joyce, Hadley Leavell, Bala Maniam, Robert Matthews, Steve Nenninger, Lucia Sigmar, Robert Stretcher, Laura Sullivan

The mission of the Department of General Business and Finance is to assist in fulfilling the mission of the University and the College of Business Administration by providing students at the undergraduate and master’s levels with an academic foundation to become productive citizens, to develop successful careers, and to provide interested students with the background to pursue graduate or professional studies. The academic foundation leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Banking and Financial Institutions, Finance, or General Business Administration is designed to arouse intellectual curiosity, develop analytical reason, and provide historical and current information relative to the global environment.

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The Department of General Business and Finance, through the Smith-Hutson Chair of Banking, provides the leadership for the Executive MBA in Banking. In addition, the College of Business Administration participates in the certified Professional Golf Association of America’s PGA/PGM program with participating students receiving the BBA degree in General Business Administration with a minor in Professional Golf Management (PGM). The department also hosts the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Career Opportunities

The Banking and Financial Institutions, Finance, and General Business Administration degree programs are designed to prepare students for careers in business, government, or not-for-profit entities; to include the core business courses required for admission to master’s or other professional programs; or to be combined with a sequence of professional education courses and other requirements by the College of Education to earn a certificate to teach in secondary schools.

Student Organizations and Activities

Beta Alpha Psi
Banking and Finance Club
A club providing networking, information, and academic augmentation of the programs in Finance and Banking/Financial Institutions areas. Activities include Federal Reserve tours, seminars with executives, and social gatherings


The department has historically been very successful in offering internships in the financial institutions area. This program has been expanded to include internship opportunities specifically designed to meet the PGA/PGM’s program requirements as well as internships for students interested in other business environments are also now available.


Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for Banking, Finance, and General Business Administration majors. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships using the ScholarX program on the Financial Aid website. The ScholarX program is a single application that will allow the student to apply for most scholarships available on campus whether at the departmental, college, or university-level. The deadline for applying for Department of General Business and Finance scholarships is February 15. Department of General Business and Finance scholarship recipients are announced in April for the following academic year. The specific scholarships that are available through the department vary from year to year and may include:

  • American Bank Endowed Scholarship
  • James B. and Elsie M. Bexley Scholarship
  • Laurence L. Corley Scholarship
  • Juanita Eikner Scholarship
  • First Victoria Bank Scholarship
  • General Business and Finance Departmental Scholarships
  • International Association of Administrative Professional-Houston Chapter/Dr. Rita B, Huff and Dr. Ronald D. Johnson Endowed Scholarship
  • John Klein/Amegy Bank Scholarships
  • Bala and Santhi Maniam Finance Scholarship
  • Frank and Mary McAdams Payne Banking Scholarship


Business Administration (BUAD)

Finance (FINC)

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