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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, Entrepreneurship, or General Business Administration is designed to arouse intellectual curiosity, develop analytical reason, and provide historical and current information relative to the global environment.

Academic Programs

  • BBA in Banking and Financial Institutions
  • BBA in Finance
  • BBA in General Business Administration
  • BBA in Entrepreneurship

The Banking and Financial Institutions (BFI) degree program is designed to prepare students for officer-level positions in banks and other financial institutions. The Finance (FINC) degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge of the problems and opportunities that confront entities in the field of finance. The General Business Administration (BUAD) degree program provides a solid foundation in business and sufficient electives to customize a degree plan for directed career paths. The Entrepreneurship (ENTR) degree program prepares students to serve as chief executive officers of start-up and growth-oriented businesses and to apply entrepreneurial principles in positions of responsibility in larger business enterprises and not-for-profit organizations. 


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).

Suggested Minors

Both the Banking and the Finance degree majors have limited electives available; therefore no minor is required. Students in these two areas may elect to declare a minor; however, the additional courses will add to the length of their programs.

An entrepreneurship minor would be very beneficial to students anticipating starting or running their own businesses.

General Business Administration majors should consider a minor in one of the approved business minors to provide depth of knowledge in at least one business field.

  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Business Communication
  • Business Education
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing

Career Opportunities

The Banking and Financial Institutions, Finance, General Business Administration and Entrepreneurship 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

Banking and Finance Club
Beta Alpha Psi


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 requirement. Internships for students interested in other business environments are also becoming increasingly available.


Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for Banking, Finance, General Business Administration and Entrepreneurship majors. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships using the ScholarX program at Financial Aid. 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
  • Bala and Santhi Maniam Finance Scholarship
  • Charles W. Jones III Endowed Scholarship
  • Department of General Business and Finance Faculty Scholarship
  • First Victoria Bank Scholarship
  • Frank and Mary McAdams Payne Banking Scholarship
  • Gene P. Heinrich Memorial Scholarship
  • International Association of Administrative Professional-Houston Chapter/Dr. Rita B, Huff and Dr. Ronald D. Johnson Endowed Scholarship
  • James B. and Elsie M. Bexley Scholarship
  • John Klein/Amegy Bank Scholarships
  • Juanita Eikner Scholarship
  • Laurence L. Corley Scholarship
  • Lillian Loyce Adams Business Education Scholarship

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