The primary objective of the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance is to develop leaders for the business, government, and educational communities and to assist them in making contributions to society. This objective is obtained in two ways.
First, students are provided with the theoretical concepts needed to understand and dissect business problems. Second, the faculty provide students with practical applications needed for financial analysis in their given areas of study.
The Department of Finance Banking and Insurance offers two majors which lead to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree: 1) Finance & Banking, and 2) Risk Management & Insurance.
In addition to practical applications in the classroom, we encourage students to intern off-campus. Internships allow students to gain valuable practical business experience while still in college.
The Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance houses the North Carolina Bankers Association Professor, the Alfred T. Adams Distinguished Chair of Banking, the Richard S. Brantley Risk and Insurance Center, the Joseph F. Freeman Distinguished Professorship of Insurance, the David A. Thompson Professor of Applied Investments, the IIANC Distinguished Professor and the L. M. (Bud) Baker, Jr. Professor.
We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally. Inclusive Excellence is the intrinsic value that a diverse population adds to the learning, teaching, and decision-making processes of an institution.
We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.
We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.
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Organizations and Clubs
The Department houses three student organizations:
- The Finance Student Association
Advisor: Mr. Joe Walsh
- Gamma Iota Sigma
Advisor: Dr. David Marlett
- The Bowden Investment Group
Advisor: Dr. Delbert Goff
A variety of internship opportunities are available to students enrolled in the Walker College of Business. Interning can be very beneficial to your career. Students are responsible for contacting employers and securing the internship, with advisement from faculty.
More information can be found on our Careers and Internships page.