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Why study Finance at APSU?

Finance is one of five of the most in demand degrees according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The field of finance is integral to almost every facet of business enterprise. It is also a vital aspect of government operations and has an effect on our daily lives. Virtually all organizations and individuals raise money and decide how to spend and invest it. Finance is concerned with the entire process of obtaining the money that organizations or individuals need, and spending and investing that money in the most efficient manner.

What will I learn?

A degree in Finance will prepare students to think critically and become creative problem solvers.  Students will learn to collect, assess, and interpret data.  With a concentration in Economics, students will examine the function of markets, determination of prices, distribution of income, and the overall levels of unemployment and inflation.  The economic concentration is also of value to those who are interested in pursuing a career in business, finance, and the public sector. 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

 What do students do after graduation?

Graduates' career options include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounting technician
  • Stockbroker
  • Financial/Business adviser
  • Bank Branch Manager
  • Investment Analyst
  • Securities Sales Agent
  • Sports Agent
  • Investment Banker
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investor Relations Associate
  • Loan Officer
  • Bank Teller
  • Bill Collector
  • Loan Officer
  • Financial planner
  • Real Estate Agent
Michael Phillips poses for photo in Kimbrough

Michael Phillips, Ph.D.

Professor of Finance

For almost 30 years, Dr. Michael Phillips has worked to transform Austin Peay’s finance department into one of the most competitive in the region. He was rewarded for his efforts last year by receiving the inaugural A.J. Taylor Distinguished Professorship.

“I didn’t want to be at a bigger school where I’m one of 20 teachers and stuck teaching one class,” Phillips said. “At Austin Peay, I could both build this program and have a career and that wasn’t offered to me at bigger institutions.”