Your major in Economics/Finance will provide the training you need to effectively manage financial operations and investment resources for businesses and individuals. You’ll develop skills in problem-solving using critical thinking and technological tools to approach challenges. You’ll learn how to adapt to a changing global marketplace. In keeping with GWU’s mission, you’ll explore ethical decision-making and upholding your values in the workplace. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to apply your analytical and management skills in a rewarding professional career in business or government.
Gardner-Webb University’s Broyhill School of Undergraduate Management within the Godbold School of Business offers a unique educational environment producing business leaders who are equally committed to strong personal values and excellence in their work. Gardner-Webb is a Christian environment, and we believe in social justice, ethical decision-making, and intellectual honesty. Our graduates take these values to their workplaces and positions of leadership.
Our top-notch teachers are some of the best in the region with the credentials and the passion to provide you with a high-quality education. Business faculty members have professional experience in an impressive array of industries. Their areas of expertise include marketing, legal counsel, engineering, and senior management and nearly half have worked overseas, bringing a global perspective to the classroom. GWU’s small class sizes mean you’ll have one-on-one access to all this expertise in every class session along with the mentorship you’ll need to achieve your best.
The learning you’ll do as part of the Broyhill School of Undergraduate Management begins in the classroom but it doesn’t end there. Classes focus on problem-solving and interactive discussions exploring issues from all sides. You can build on these learning experiences with enriching extracurricular activities including participating in our active student organizations or traveling to national student conferences. You’ll also have the opportunity to travel the world through our study abroad programs, demonstrate your leadership abilities in our student organizations, experience high-adrenaline teamwork at our adventure course, take a week-long trip to New York City, and score an internship with a local company.
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
SIFE is a global, non-profit organization bringing together more than 1,600 university teams in 20 countries. Through SIFE, you’ll develop leadership and teamwork skills while exploring principles of free enterprise. Gardner-Webb’s SIFE team helps students share their knowledge of market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, business ethics, and more through educational outreach projects. Find out more: Visit the SIFE webpage.
Delta Mu Delta
Delta Mu Delta is the international honor society for business majors, recognizing high scholastic achievement by majors in the Broyhill School of Management and offering career benefits for graduates. Membership is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors who are in the top 10 percent of their class with a minimum 3.8 GPA.
Goals and Objectives
- To be able to apply and critique the financial operations of business firms from a managerial perspective and manage the investment resources of individuals and business firms
- To incorporate global and ethical perspectives across the curriculum
- To prepare students to be able to apply quantitative techniques, computer techniques, and other elements of critical thinking to managerial problem solving
Required Course Work
The Common Professional Component and the following courses: Management 416, six courses from the following, in consultation with the advisor:
Economics 301, 303, 304, 311, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 480
Finance 301, 320, 420, 425, 430, 460
At least four of the six courses must be Economics-designated courses.
As a student you’ll have the opportunity to intern at regional and national accounting firms, local businesses, and the Internal Revenue Service.
F. Keith Griggs Memorial Award
The F. Keith Griggs Memorial Award is available to all full-time undergraduate students of the Broyhill School of Management who are entering their final year of study. Students are to write an essay entitled “A Business I Would Like to Start” to be submitted and read by a committee. The committee awards a $500.00 scholarship for the winner to use during his/her final year of study.
With a degree in Economics and Finance, you’ll gain a flexible skill set offering many choices for a career path in business, management, finance, and more. Your options include positions in account management, financial planning, nonprofit management, consulting, investing, and more.