Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Type



Moore School of Business

Director of Thesis

Janice Fergusson

Second Reader

Laura Self


Being wise with finances is a skill that many people tend to overlook as important. There are days when an individual can avoid using certain subjects learned in high school, but very rarely, if ever, is there a day when topics of finance are not used. This could be anything from purchasing food, driving to work, working on a computer, or receiving a paycheck. While most would agree that the ability to handle money wisely is very important, these concepts do not have a high priority of being taught in high schools in South Carolina. More than that, many parents are not having regular conversations with their children about financial topics. So this large discrepancy of where high school students in South Carolina are with their knowledge of financial topics and where they need to be in order to be successful financially was the reason for our research. Our goal was to better understand where high school students were with their knowledge of financial topics. We accomplished this by sending out surveys to schools in South Carolina and then analyzing the results. The purpose of this thesis paper is to explain these findings in more detail.

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