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Business Finance

Every corporation, every church, every nonprofit needs one thing: financial resources to bring their vision into reality. That’s what finance is all about. What’s even more important is the tireless professional working behind the scenes to make a more confident financial path a reality.

With the business finance major at Cornerstone University, you’ll learn the entrepreneurial, economic and financial aspects of business. You will also be prepared to be a steward of your personal finances as well as helping others.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor

Academic Division

  • Business Division

Format

  • Residential

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Student-to-faculty ratio with an average class size of 22.

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Deep Conviction and Wisdom

As a finance professional, you have the power to change a business or family’s financial future. In this program, you will be challenged to craft solutions to real-world scenarios with the aid of faculty who have extensive experience in their field. At graduation, you’ll be fully prepared to become a business professional who is seeking first the kingdom of God. Our business finance curriculum gives you a Christian view of finance, which can give you insight into more faithful financial planning, for both yourself and others.

While you’re a student at Cornerstone, you’ll interact with business finance opportunities outside the classroom. You could join Enactus, a program designed to provide business-minded students with real-world sales, entrepreneurial and financial experience. Another opportunity is helping the Investment Club manage a portfolio of stocks through an immersive learning experience. Furthermore, Cornerstone is home to the Ron Blue Center, where any student can discover Christian financial principles and practices for handling debt, investing, budgeting and more.

Careers

Our business finance graduates have the tenacity to take their careers anywhere. Your program will empower you to become a business professional wherever God has called you.

Opportunities

  • Credit analyst
  • Investment representative
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Chief financial officer
  • Financial or wealth adviser
  • Financial planner
  • Controller
  • Financial manager
  • Wealth manager

Internships

Before you graduate, you will be integrated into an internship program within your degree. We’ve partnered with several global businesses to provide you with crucial experience to add to your resume.

Opportunities

  • Steelcase
  • Byrne Electrical Specialists
  • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
  • O'Neill Asset Management LLC
  • Kellogg Company

Course List

The business finance program at Cornerstone is designed to inspire your intellect, deepen your character and prepare you to lead in your career with influence and wisdom.

From caring professors to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes. Select a sample degree plan to see a list of the classes you’ll take as a student with a major in business finance.

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Four-Year Planning Guide (PDF)

Accounting Core Courses

ACC-221 Accounting I

An introduction to the fundamental principles of financial accounting. Accounting cycle, asset valuation, short-term liabilities, payroll, income determination and financial reporting are emphasized.

ACC-222 Accounting II

A continuation of ACC-221 and managerial accounting topics. Long-term liabilities, owner’s equity, cash flow and interpretation of financial statements. Cost accounting and managerial accounting and analysis will be introduced.

ACC-327 Taxation

Federal income tax structure as related to individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Problems intended to provide an understanding of the theory, law, and regulations.

Business Core Courses

BUS-211 Business Statistics

Descriptive statistics including measures of central tendency and standard deviation, time series analysis, statistical inference with emphasis upon testing of hypotheses and measures of association and application of these techniques to decision-making and planning. Emphasis is placed on methods for defining, researching, analyzing and evaluating problems found in business.

BUS-213 Business Communications

This course is a study of the effective communication skills as applied to business organizations, including written, oral and mediated communication. An experiential learning approach will be used to apply course knowledge to creating the communication required to start a new business or nonprofit.

BUS-361 Business Law

A study of the legal process, negligence, wills, trusts and estates, property law, contracts, negotiable instruments, bank deposits, secured transactions, bankruptcy, business enterprises, administrative law, agency and employment law. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of legal concepts in the business world and the relationship between the Bible and business law concepts.

Economics Core Courses

ECN-231 Macroeconomics

Emphasis upon macroeconomic theories, principles and theories of national income determination, consumption, investment, savings, business cycles, prices and money, the banking system and monetary and fiscal policy.

ECN-232 Microeconomics

Emphasis upon general microeconomic theory, an introduction to theories of consumer behavior, product demand, cost and supply, production, the firm and its markets and capital and pricing factors.

ECN-334 Money & Banking

This course will focus on the role of money in the economy. Topics include money flows, the Federal Reserve System, banking regulation and performance.

Business Finance Core Courses

FIN-341 Principles of Finance

Basic theoretical framework for decision-making in financial management and the role of the financial manager in capital budgeting, investing and financing activities.

FIN-342 Corporate Finance

This course will focus on business application of the principles of finance. Business case studies will be used to relate financial theory to business practice. Current financial topics will be analyzed.

FIN-371 Investments

This course will focus on the allocation of capital in the capital markets. Topics include the operation and regulation of investment markets, investment asset classes, portfolio management, analysis of risk and return and investment trading.

FIN-380 Internship

This course will be aimed at practical work experience in a business setting. Students will have opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to business world situations in finance.

Business Management Core Courses

MGT-231 Principles of Management

This course is an introduction to the four management functions including planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Students will also discuss the integration of faith and business in both personal and corporate contexts.

MGT-432 Capstone Seminar: Strategic Management

This course is the senior level capping course designed to integrate the knowledge and techniques studied in other courses such as accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and quantitative methods. It is also designed to provide experience in formulating organizational strategies and policies for meeting specified organizational strategic and operational goals.

Business Marketing Core Courses

MKT-251 Principles of Marketing

An introduction to marketing centered on the areas of product, pricing, distribution and promotion with specific application to market orientation and the marketing function.

MBA 4+1 Program

Cornerstone business finance majors also have the opportunity to qualify for advanced standing in our Master of Business Administration 4+1 program. This gives you the option to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as few as five years.

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Accreditation

CU is dedicated to continuously improving our academic programs to provide you with the skills needed to reach your career goals. Signifying this, our bachelor’s and master’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes are the foundation of a CU degree. Explore how our business finance program prepares you with the essential knowledge and 21st-century skills to reach your God-given potential and become a lifelong learner.

Cornerstone did a great job of preparing me for the workforce. Not only did I build the necessary knowledge base to succeed in my job, but I also learned how to integrate my faith in the workplace to positively influence those around me.

Jordan Buffum (’15)

Faculty

CU professors are devoted to the success of our students. Select a faculty member to learn more about their campus involvement, research interests and teaching responsibilities.

Related Programs

The Business Division at Cornerstone is a thriving hub of young professionals preparing themselves to lead faithfully in their future. Take a look at some of the other programs this division provides.

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.