At Samford, we are convinced that we can best prepare future financial professionals to serve their employers and clients by providing a solid foundation across the finance discipline. Our Finance major provides quality, broad-based instruction in three areas of finance: investments, financial markets and institutions, and corporate/managerial finance. A student completing a degree in finance should be able to make wise decisions on how to allocate a firm or organization's limited resources.
What Does It Take to Be Good at Finance?
A finance professional should, above all, possess integrity. One phrase you will hear repeatedly as a Samford major is 'fiduciary duty.' Simply put, this means that as a financial professional, you have people who are trusting you to devote yourself to looking out for their best interests. Earning that trust requires a commitment to the highest ethical standards.
What Differentiates Us ?
Our faculty are active in scholarly research in finance but their primary focus is on students. The vast majority of our classes are taught by faculty who hold terminal degrees in their fields.
The Bulldog Investment Fund
The Bulldog Fund, a student managed investment fund, and a three credit-hour elective, allows students to conduct security analysis and portfolio management of more than $3.5 million of the university's endowment. This class meets in the state-of-the-art Portfolio Management Room in Cooney Hall. The room is equipped with multiple Bloomberg Professional Terminals.
You Are Market Ready
Our students are "market ready," meaning they are able to provide a thorough, accurate analysis of a situation and make a decision based on their analysis. The industry experience of Brock School of Business faculty adds relevance to the classroom learning environment.
Samford finance majors have had the opportunity to intern for a large number of firms. A few of those firms include: Merrill Lynch, Welch Hornsby, Highland Associates, Regions Financial Corporation and Protective Life.
Chartered Financial Analyst Certification
In recent years, we have had the privilege of offering CFA Level I Exam Scholarships for students seeking the Chartered Financial Analyst professional certification.
Partnerships and Affiliations
Professional Networking Opportunities
Our students have networking opportunities through the Commercial Real Estate Women Network, the CFA Society of Alabama, the Association for Financial Professionals, AIM Group, the Financial Planning Association and the Birmingham Venture Club, as well as the Economics, Finance and Qualitative Analysis Advisory Board.
Superior Financial Management Association Chapter
Samford's student chapter of the Financial Management Association International (FMA) regularly receives Superior Chapter recognition, which is awarded each year to fewer than 10% of all chapters. In fall 2016, students had the opportunity to travel to the headquarters of Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Nebraska, and participated in dialogue with its dhief executive officer, Warren Buffett, who is considered one of the most succesful investors in the world.
Job Placements : A very small sampling of the many outstanding firms that have employed our graduates include: Bridgeworth Financial, Bloomberg, Regions Financial Corporation, Southern Company and Founders Investment Banking.
Recognition, Awards and Affiliations
Economics, Finance & Quantitative Analysis Advisory Board
The Economics, Finance & Quantitative Analysis Advisory Board plays several important roles as a conduit to the business community. Board members provide guidance on course content so that our curriculum stays current with the needs of the profession. While some of the board members offer internships and jobs with their companies, the introductions our board members give us to other professionals in the business community are extremely valuable – both in terms of employment opportunities and mentorship for our students.
Risk Management & Insurance Advisory Board
The RM&I Advisory Board plays several important roles as a conduit to the business community. Board members provide guidance on course content so that our curriculum stays current with the needs of the profession. While some of the board members offer internships and jobs with their companies, the introductions our board members give us to other professionals in the business community are extremely valuable – both in terms of employment opportunities and mentorship for our students.
If you need further information about this major, please contact Dr. Steve Jones.