About the Program
The Department of Economics, Finance, and Marketing in the TTU College of Business
prioritizes providing students with an innovative learning experience that teaches
them the necessary analytical and critical thinking skills to succeed in today’s competitive
During the first two years of our programs, EFM students take several core classes that collectively build a strong and thorough business foundation. In the remaining years, students take classes that allow them to specialize in the field of their choice. Our B.S.B.A in Finance offers classes on Investments, Real Estate, Multinational Finance, and Banking. Students who have an interest in Banking can also receive our Banking Certificate, which allows them to take classes in Commercial Banking and Money and Banking. We also offer an Investment Challenge class that allows students interested in Investments to manage a real portfolio and gain hands-on experience. Our graduates have had successful careers in industry, government, and academia, working with companies such as Fidelity Investments, Bank of America Private Bank, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, First National Bank of Tennessee, Pepsico, Xerox, and IBM.
The curriculum taught in our Finance program is designed to provide a solid understanding of the financial decision-making process with special emphasis on computer-assisted decision making. Check out what classes you would be taking in our Course Catalog.
Career Opportunities in Finance
Our events are designed to help you forge connections with other accounting professionals, learn more about the latest ideas in accounting and take the next steps to grow your supply chain organization or enhance your career. Learn more about career opportunities in Finance »
The Department of Economics, Finance & Marketing seeks to build on students' academic endeavors through co-curricular activities. These include student organizations, leadership opportunities, networking opportunities, and internships. Explore the various options available to you as a College of Business student below.
TVA Investment Challenge ›
The TVA Investment Challenge provides hands-on applications of advanced portfolio concepts through the management of a real investment portfolio. Students implement trading strategies, place trades, provide performance reports, and adhere to similar standards as professional money managers while acting as fund managers for the Tennessee Valley Authority. The primary objective of the TVA Investment Challenge is for students to manage an investment portfolio to maximize long-run capital growth subject to relevant risk factors and investment restrictions. Students will perform each of the following tasks:
- Research and evaluate prospective stock investments using ratios, financial statements, and relevant information about the firms and financial sectors.
- Integrate firm, sector, and macroeconomic data to assess the investment environment. Specifically, students will utilize and improve individual knowledge of fundamental firm analysis to select firms with long-term growth potential.
- Effectively communicate the investment process and portfolio performance in a variety of formats.
Banking Advisory Board ›
The College of Business is committed to providing professional opportunities outside the classroom so students can experience various aspects of the business world to strengthen their business skills and enhance their individual career readiness. Working with our banking partner, American Bank & Trust of the Cumberlands, business students will observe and experience the inner workings of the banking industry from the executive viewpoint and observe how banks serve and support their communities. Qualifications include:
- Must be a COB student
- Must be junior or senior at the time of application
- Must plan to be an enrolled student during upcoming semester
- Must be in Good Standing academically (not currently on Academic Warning or Academic Probation)
- Must never have been convicted of a felony
Study Abroad ›
The College of Business at TTU is proud to offer study abroad programs to its students. We aim to personally customize your trip to best fit your academic and financial needs, location and cultural interests, and desired abroad experiences. Specific to the COB, we have two main study abroad opportunities:
Internships play a massive role in departments across the entire College of Business. Featured to the left is 2022 TTU graduate Lauren Montgomery, who recently interned with Elliot Davis. Below is the testimonial she provided about her internship experience.
“Elliott Davis is a public accounting firm, and I worked out of the Nashville office. Through this experience with Elliott Davis, I learned about various types of audits. I learned about internal audits, compliance, and loan reviews. The internship experience at Elliot Davis benefited me for my future because I could meet so many different people and build great relationships with coworkers. I now know more about what public accounting looks like from an audit perspective.”
The Department of Economics, Finance, & Marketing offers a variety of co-curricular leadership and learning opportunities to qualifying students through student organizations and honors societies. Each organization has a faculty advisor, if not multiple. Therefore, our students can network and collaborate with faculty in and out of the classroom. Please check out their spotlight lights below for more information about them and the contact information for getting involved.