Flexible Business Finance Course Tests the Waters for Potential Future Four-Year Degree Program
Tennessee State University will be bringing one course to Columbia State’s Williamson County Campus in Franklin this summer. The introductory course is Business Finance (FINA 3300 Section II), and both schools consider it a hopeful step towards the possibility of bringing the final two years of an Economics and Finance bachelor’s degree to Columbia State’s Williamson County Campus. The course, taught by TSU professor Dr. Dharmendra Dhakal, will take place in July, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To apply and register, or for more information, call 615-963-7001.
“This summer course is to test the waters,” said Dr. Sharon Peters of Tennessee State University. “Essentially, if we get a solid amount of interest and enrollment in this class, we’ll have some momentum going our way to potentially bring a ‘2+2’ degree program to Franklin. If this occurs, students who have taken their first two years at Columbia State in core business, economics, finance, marketing and other basic courses, will be able to continue to earn their bachelor’s degree in Franklin by taking TSU junior and senior level courses at Columbia State’s Williamson County Campus. This not only allows students the convenience of being able to take a four-year degree program all in Franklin – rather than Nashville – but it also offers the flexibility of a mixture of online and traditional classes.”
“We’ve wanted to make this happen for a long time,” said Dr. Marilia Gerges of Columbia State. “The class coming this summer allows students flexibility as well, in that the credits are good towards not only Economics or Finance degrees, but also Marketing and Business, and they can be transferred easily to another institution if the student chooses.”