Undergraduate Concentrations at Culverhouse

Concentrations are major specific. One must be enrolled in a corresponding major to enroll in a concentration.

For Economics and Finance majors, no overlap between major and concentration classes is permitted.

More information about concentrations can be found in the course catalog.

Accounting Major

Professional Accounting Concentration

The Professional Accounting concentration is designed for students who want to increase their breadth of knowledge in accounting, plan to pursue a master’s degree in accounting (MAcc or MTA), and intend to sit for the CPA exam. A 2.000 concentration GPA is required.

The Professional Accounting concentration is restricted to Accounting majors only.

Economics Major

Econometrics and Quantitative Economics

Econometrics connects many academic disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, economics, finance, and business studies and is primarily concerned with the science and art of using economics theory and statistical techniques to analyze economic data. The Econometrics and Quantitative Economics concentration provides students with quantitative economics reasoning. It prepares them for analytical positions in industry and government and to enter a graduate program of studies. Students will learn how to use econometrics methods to understand consumer behavior, markets, and industries. In addition, students will learn how to use game theory and experimental methods commonly used in psychology to understand individual and interactive decision-making.

The Econometrics and Quantitative Economics concentration is restricted to Economics majors only.

Economic Policy Concentration

The Economic Policy concentration provides students with a broad set of competencies and a broad range of applications of economics theory, with a focus on evaluating economic policies and measuring the success or failure of government programs. Students can choose courses that will help them explore various areas, including law, trade, competition, monetary, environment, healthcare, labor, and development. Students will be prepared for careers in industry and government, as well as graduate studies in law, business, and public policy.

The Economic Policy concentration is restricted to Economics majors only.

Finance Major

Banking & Financial Services Concentration

The Banking and Financial Services concentration provides undergraduate students with a background in the institutional and regulatory environment and management issues facing financial institutions. Students will learn the basic theories of financial intermediation and will be able to distinguish the various services financial institutions provide. Students will also learn how to identify and analyze the different types of risks faced by financial institutions (focusing on interest rate risk, market risk, liquidity, and credit risk). Theories and techniques available for measuring and managing these risks will be studied. The sequence of courses aims to develop a knowledge of banking and financial services to prepare the students for entry-level positions within the financial services sector.

The Banking and Financial Services concentration is restricted to Finance majors only.

Financial Engineering Concentration

The Financial Engineering concentration equips students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to measure and manage various market risks, including foreign exchange, interest rate, equity price, commodity price, as well as many others. Students in this concentration will learn state-of-the-art quantitative techniques for efficiently and effectively managing market risks. With these capabilities, students will be able to contribute to the optimal management of a host of entities, including global corporations, municipalities, pension funds, and endowments, among others.

The Financial Engineering concentration is restricted to Finance majors only.

Value Investing Concentration

The Value Investing concentration provides students with a strong foundation for examining the critical aspects of investment decisions, including generating good ideas, conducting fundamental business and industry research, analyzing financial statements, and credibly estimating what businesses and companies are worth. The focus is on practical applications. Students will be prepared for a broad range of business careers, including investment management, investment banking, private equity, management consulting, corporate business development, corporate finance, and entrepreneurship.

The Value Investing concentration is restricted to Finance majors only.

Management Major

Entrepreneurship Concentration

The mission of the Entrepreneurship concentration is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to innovate in existing firms and launch new ventures. Students will learn how to identify and evaluate opportunities and how to capitalize on these opportunities. In doing so, they will work closely with faculty and experienced entrepreneurs to gain hands-on experience in key activities necessary to build sound business models and to acquire critical resources as they help established firms innovate and create profitable enterprises. Above all, this focus is for those special students who wish to be leaders and have a passion for starting something.

The Entrepreneurship concentration is restricted to Management majors only.

Health Care Analytics Concentration

The Health Care Analytics concentration provides undergraduate students with the skills to meet the complex needs of healthcare organizations. Students in the healthcare analytics concentration learn how to harness data, process the data, and produce evidence-based decisions. The daunting challenges confronting healthcare organizations today will require smarter, more informed decisions driven by data to improve outcomes and offer the value that market dynamics, governmental regulations, and consumers demand. The six-course sequence aims to develop analytics competencies in our students to prepare them for entry-level analyst positions in a variety of healthcare settings.

The Healthcare Analytics concentration is restricted to Management majors only.

Human Resource Management Concentration

The Human Resource Management concentration develops student skills for the effective management of human resources in organizations. The program trains students to strategically address human capital management to improve organizational performance. The six-course curriculum covers a range of topics, including employee recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation, performance management, employee relations, and strategic human resource management.  The curriculum is aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) curriculum guidelines and prepares students to pass the SHRM-CP Certification exam as well as Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) exam.

The Human Resource Management concentration is restricted to Management majors only.