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In-demand, finance-focused careers

Evolving marketplace dynamics, new technology applications, shifting customer demographics, increasing competition and enhanced regulatory oversight.

These are just some of the ways the banking industry is transforming at an unprecedented rate and banks at all levels are seeking trained, degreed professionals. The Chadwick Banking Program's Bachelor of Business Administration in banking will equip you with the skills and knowledge you'll need to take on the challenges presented by this transformation.

The best part? Earning a degree in banking isn't limiting. You'll be prepared for an array of opportunities in diverse industries where companies need talented employees who understand the fundamentals of the banking industry. A banking degree never loses its value, giving you the ability to write your own story wherever you go.

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SFA offers hundreds of scholarship funding opportunities to help you with college expenses. You just need to explore and apply! There also are scholarships specifically intended for students in banking. View the Department of Economics and Finance scholarships.

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High-Demand Industries

Beyond a conventional career in the banking industry.

  • Agricultural finance
    • production, equipment, land and infrastructure financing
  • Compliance, regulation and supervision
    • helping to keep the financial services industry safe, sound and equitable for all
  • Financial Technology
    • cyber security, data analytics, funds transfer, cryptocurrency and blockchain
  • Insurance
    • helping to protect against the unexpected
  • Investment advising
    • building stronger financial futures
  • Real estate
    • development, sales and finance
  • Trust and estate management
    • managing investments and assets for others
Conventional career pathways in banking

Commercial lending and consumer credit: Lending, credit analysis and credit administration.

Market leadership and branch operations: Business development and management.

Finance, Audit, Accounting, Technology: Keeping the bank safe, sound and on the cutting edge of technological change.

Investments and Portfolio Management: Managing the bank's investments and loans.

Program Details

Core coursework in business and finance are combined with industry-specific courses and learning opportunities.

All SFA undergraduate students must complete the university's core curriculum. Business students also must complete two business common courses, including the Career Success Passport, and BBA students are required to complete foundations of knowledge business courses.

Required courses for the banking major

  • ECON 3331 - Money and Banking
  • FINC 3357 - Introduction to Investments
  • FINC 3370 - Banking Fundamentals
  • FINC 4301 - Financial Statement Analysis
  • FINC 4320 - Selling Financial Services
  • FINC 4371 - Commercial Bank Management
  • FINC 4379 - Commercial Bank Lending

Elective courses

Six credit hours from the following:

  • FINC 3361 - Risk Management and Insurance
  • FINC 3369 - Personal Finance
  • FINC 3373 - Intermediate Financial Management
  • FINC 4310 - Speculative Markets
  • FINC 4315 - Personal Financial Planning
  • FINC 4333 - International Finance
  • FINC 4348 - Estate Planning and Taxation
  • FINC 4358 - Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • FINC 4374 - Financial Analysis and Policy
  • FINC 4375 - Special Problems in Finance
  • FINC 4385 - Internship in Finance
  • FINC 4390 - Student Investment Roundtable

Curriculum requirements

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Suggested course sequence

The banking degree major academic planner serves as a guide to help you be "on track" for graduation by taking the right courses in the right order.

Marleta Chadwick

In 2015, the Chadwick family of Center, Texas, graciously donated to SFA in honor of their mother, Marleta Chadwick. Throughout her life, she recognized the value of a college education, the importance of managing finances and understanding the commitment needed to successfully run a business.

Within the Rusche College of Business, Chadwick's charitable giving provides support for the Chadwick Banking Program, the Marleta Chadwick Financial Advisors and several scholarships.

About Marleta Chadwick

When Marleta Chadwick was a young girl, she lost her parents. In the years that followed, she was raised by her grandfather, a very kind man who owned several small businesses in Celeste, Texas. When she graduated from high school, she attended college, but when she was in her second year, her grandfather died. She then decided to leave college to return home and deal with his businesses. She later married a Baptist minister, and they made their home in Center, where he pastored a church for many years until his death.

In the years that followed her grandfather's death, Chadwick was never in the position to return to college to obtain her degree. She accepted that fact, though she recognized the value of a college education. She also realized the importance of understanding the commitment needed to successfully run a business and to manage finances. She often commented that her life was extremely blessed, both spiritually and financially. This is why she made a charitable gift to the Stephen F. Austin State University Foundation. That gift now supports the Chadwick Banking Program and the Marleta Chadwick Student Financial Advisors.

Chadwick passed away April 14, 2014.

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