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Charles M. Snipes School of Business & Economics


Lenoir-Rhyne’s Finance major features curriculum that provides undergraduate students with an understanding of the financial decision-making process in the private and public sectors as well as knowledge of how financial markets operate. Upper-level courses in the major apply general methodology and theory to personal finance, corporate finance, and portfolio management.

Students begin their studies with the business core Finance course as well as other important classes such as Business Statistics, Mathematics, and Accounting. The major in Finance requires students to take nine additional credits in Accounting, along with courses in Investments and in Money and Banking. The structure of the major is designed to make it easy for students to double major in Finance and Accounting. Upper-level courses that can be chosen as major electives include such courses as Personal Finance, Business Law II, International Business, and International Economics. A student may also undertake an Internship for elective credit in the major.

An elective course in portfolio management adheres to the Claritas® program developed by the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) association. The Claritas Program covers the essentials of finance, ethics, and investment roles, providing a clear understanding of the global investment industry. Students who successfully complete the course will be prepared to take the exam to earn the Claritas Investment Certificate. Learn more about the CFA and the Claritas Program.

Qualified Finance students interested in continuing their Business education through graduate study can easily matriculate into Lenoir-Rhyne’s Master of Business Administration program. Through LR’s innovative Bridges to Dreams and Alumni Advantage programs, students who complete their undergraduate degrees at Lenoir-Rhyne University are able to complete their graduate degrees in shorter time and at significantly less expense (up to nearly half off the standard MBA degree at LRU).





Students have opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in internships in the area or region (including Charlotte, NC, one of the financial centers of the world). As a part of the Charles M. Snipes School of Business and Economics, Finance majors have access to the many out-of-class opportunities in Business, including student organizations, study abroad, and community outreach and research (working within a course or independently with a faculty mentor). In addition, qualified Lenoir-Rhyne University Finance students may be part of the portfolio management student team that oversees the ongoing investment of $50,000 of the University’s actual endowment funds. Students are required to study companies and make recommendations for buying and selling and are required to understand and comply with the requirements of their client, the University, in terms of investment goals.


A major in Finance prepares students for financial and general management careers in business organizations, nonprofit organizations, and government. It provides excellent preparation for more advanced graduate work or other certificate and/or licensure programs. Graduates may find opportunities in financial management and consulting, personal financial planning, investment analysis and planning, commercial and investment banking, insurance and risk management, and real estate. These options may be found in both the private and public sectors in both domestic and international settings.


Students may complete a major in Finance with a BA degree. Additionally, students may double major (with faculty advisor approval) within most programs in the Charles M. Snipes School of Business by completing an additional 15 credit hours or more beyond the requirements for the first major. The double major furnishes students exceptional preparation for business professions.

Finance Major Requirements

Program Contact

Dr. Mary Lesser

Dean of College of Professional & Mathematical Studies, Professor of Economics
Hickory Campus