CBU to offer new finance degree

By CBU Marketing and Communications on July 06, 2017

Riverside, Calif. —The stewardship of money will be on the minds of new finance majors come the fall 2017 semester at California Baptist University. The new bachelor of science degree in finance offered through the Dr. Robert K Jabs School of Business will emphasize a Christian worldview approach to handling finances.

“Throughout our program at CBU a student will learn how to acquire, multiply and protect money in addition to grappling with how to accomplish this in a God-honoring way,” said Dr. Adele Harrison, professor of finance. “The program will teach students to invest time developing analytical tools, improving interpersonal skills, plus establishing the values-actions connection. This combination of skills and values-based decision-making is useful in any industry, in any organization.”

The program prepares students for a variety of competing opportunities, whether in corporate finance, insurance, banking or pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP) roles, Harrison added.

“Tell me one area in life that doesn’t have a financial complexity to it?” Harrison asked. “We want our students to have a comprehensive Christian worldview that teaches them how to be good stewards so that they can help themselves, their families, churches and communities make good financial decisions.”

Harrison sees students’ ability to make sound financial decisions developing from not only a solid academic program but also from opportunities to connect and learn from successful individuals.

To that end, Harrison plans to coordinates trips to top investment firms in the area in addition to hosting investment summits on campus that deals with responsible investing. Additionally, Harrison oversees the Investment Group at CBU where students gain hands-on experience with the stewardship of money.

“Our investment group is a student-managed investment fund run by students under the director and guidance of a faculty advisor and an external board of advisors,” Harrison said. “Student gets to pitch multiple investment opportunities, defend their selections and monitor and track their performance. It’s an excellent learning experience.”

The Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business at CBU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the premier accreditor for teaching-focused business programs. The finance degree is the fifth major offered within the school of business. The degree requires a completion of 72 units.

For more information on the finance program at CBU click here.

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