Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Finance Major

General Information

Courses in Finance provide the professional education for a wide spectrum of careers in finance. Accounting, economics, quantitative analysis, and studies of the financial environment are integrated to form both the skills required for traditional financial functions and the ability to stay abreast of a rapidly evolving technological environment.

By judicious selection of elective courses, the student, with the assistance of an academic advisor, can chart a course of specialization in the areas of investment management, personal financial management, credit analysis, or corporate financial management.

Students are encouraged to participate in internships as part of the Finance major.

Career Preparation

In order to help students understand careers available to Finance majors, faculty in the Department of Finance designed activities to guide students from career exploration through career implementation. Examples of some of these include:

  1. Career Exploration in the freshman year is accomplished in First Year Seminar where students are introduced to accounting career opportunities;
  2. Career Investigation in the sophomore year courses includes classroom assignments in FIN 214;
  3. Career Determination in the junior year engages students in résumé and cover letter writing and mock interviews; and
  4. Career Implementation in the senior year includes examination of professional certifications.

Career Opportunities

Finance majors find positions in brokerage firms, personal financial planning, banking, corporate financial management, international finance, underwriting, portfolio management, and insurance. Students are encouraged to take professional exams after graduation and to earn advanced business degrees.


Program Learning Goals

Having completed a major in finance, the student will have the ability to:

  1. Understand and synthesize the basic concepts and theories of finance;
  2. Use computer-based tools to perform financial analysis and assist with financial decisions;
  3. Understand the monetary system, monetary policy, and regulatory environment;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the investment environment, and the global and the domestic financial markets; and.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to determine strategies for corporate decision-making based on an accurate assessment of risks and rewards.

See Core Requirements for All Business Majors (83 credit hours) and General University Requirements.

Degree Requirements

Required Finance courses (18 credit hours)

FIN 312Financial Markets and Institutions

3 cr.

FIN 320Intermediate Corporation Finance

3 cr.

FIN 350Advanced Corporation Finance

3 cr.

FIN 417Investments

3 cr.

FIN 418Security Analysis

3 cr.

FIN 480Internship in Finance

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:18

Other required courses (3 credit hours)

EC 311Money and Banking

3 cr.


EC 215Intermediate Macroeconomics

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:3

Electives (18 credit hours)

FIN or AC 3XX-4XXElective

6 cr.

GEN XXXGeneral Electives

12 cr.

Total Credit Hours:18

Total Credit Hours: 39