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The Finance Major

The Finance Major provides a solid background in the areas of Accounting, Economics, Corporate Finance, Investments, and Financial Institutions. Students then choose one of three tracks to gain specific knowledge in corporate finance, investments, or financial planning.

Finance Course Flow Chart

Required Finance Courses:

FIN 3200 - Financial Statement Analysis and Financial Modeling

Use of financial analytical tools to draw insights regarding a firm’s historical financial position and performance, and to make management and investing decisions regarding its future prospects in multiple industrial contexts.

Requisites: MATH 1350
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 3270 - Financial Markets and Institutions

Flow of funds and interest-price movements in money and capital markets. Supply of loanable funds and demand for funds in mortgage loan market, consumer credit market, corporate securities markets, and markets for government securities and municipal obligations. Consideration of effects on financial markets of Federal Reserve and Treasury policies.

Requisites: MATH 1350 or 2301
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 3410 – Investments

This course covers the principles used by investors to identify and evaluate various investment alternatives.

Requisites: MATH 1350 or 2301
Credit Hours: 3.0 

FIN 4610 - Financial Management and Policy

Case study of financial management in business enterprises. Planning current and long-run financial needs, profit planning, allocation of funds, raising funds, dividend policies, expansion and combination, recapitalization and reorganization.

Requisites: FIN 3270 and 3410 and Sr only
Credit Hours: 3.0

Complete One Track

Financial Planning Track

Complete three of the following courses:

FIN 3310 - Risk and Insurance

Social importance of risk and its place in personal, business, and national life, including principles and methods of handling risk. Special interest in technique of insurance.

Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4100 - Personal Financial Planning

Introduction to financial planning for individuals. This course will survey the topics of money management, insurance planning, investment planning, retirement planning, and estate planning.

Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4110 - Retirement Planning

Provides students with knowledge of public and private retirement plans. Specifics of the various plans are analyzed and issues that individuals face in retirement are discussed.

Requisites: FIN 4100
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4120 - Estate Planning

Focuses on the efficient conservation and transfer of wealth, consistent with the client’s goals. Legal, financial and nonfinancial aspects of the process, including topics such as wills, trusts, probate, wealth transfers, and related taxes.

Requisites: FIN 4100
Credit Hours: 3.0

Finance Investments Track

Complete three of the following courses:

FIN 4280 - Bank Management

Analysis of objectives, functions, practices, and problems of financial institutions as viewed by management of these institutions.

Requisites: FIN 3270
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4420 - Security Analysis

Equity security analysis using various quantitative and qualitative methods.

Requisites: FIN 3270 and FIN 3410 and QBA 2010
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4430 - Fixed Income Security Analysis

Principles and practices governing the valuation of fixed income securities. Managing interest rate and credit risk in the fixed income portfolio.

Requisites: FIN 3270 and FIN 3410 and QBA 2010
Credit Hours: 3.0 

FIN 4440 - Financial Derivatives

Analysis of derivatives: futures, forwards, options, and swaps. Text is supplemented by current readings and derivatives trading simulations.

Requisites: FIN 3270 and FIN 3410 and QBA 2010
Credit Hours: 3.0

Finance Corporate Track

Complete the following courses:

FIN 4590 - Advanced Corporate Finance

This course applies the theory and empirical findings of corporate finance to decisions that managers make in many areas, including capital budgeting, capital structure and external financing, dividend and payout policy, asset pricing, firm valuation, working capital management, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring and reorganization.

Requisites: FIN 3270
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4600 - Mathematical Analysis of Financial Decisions

Application of quantitative methods to financial management, with special emphasis on systems approach to evaluating proposed financial decisions.

Requisites: FIN 3270 and FIN 3410 and QBA 2010
Credit Hours: 3.0

Complete one of the following courses:

FIN 4280 - Bank Management

Analysis of objectives, functions, practices, and problems of financial institutions as viewed by management of these institutions.

Requisites: FIN 3270
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4550 - International Finance

This course builds on the fundamental principles of corporate finance to provide the tools students need to participate in a dynamic global business environment.

Requisites: FIN 2400
Credit Hours: 3.0

Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Designation (Optional)

Complete the following courses to complete the optional CFP designation:

ACCT 1020 - Decision Making with Accounting

Use of accounting information for making managerial decisions. Study of cost behavior, overhead costs allocation, basic cost accumulation systems, elementary capital budgeting, master and flexible budgets, and cost control.

Requisites: ACCT 1010 and ECON 1030
Credit Hours: 3.0

ACCT 3400 - Introduction to Federal Income Tax Planning

Overview of the impact of federal income taxes on conducting business transactions. Required for accounting major.

Requisites: ACCT 1020 is REQUIRED and ACCT 3040 and FIN 2400 are HIGHLY recommended
Credit Hours: 3.0

BUSL 2550 - Corporate Responsibility in a Legal Environment

Conceptual approach to origin, nature, structure, functions, and procedures of law, with study of corporate responsibility and ethics and introduction to constitutional, administrative, criminal, tort, product liability, contractual, international, property, agency, partnership, corporation, and employment law including equal opportunity.

Requisites: COB only and (Soph or Jr or Sr)
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 3310 - Risk and Insurance

Social importance of risk and its place in personal, business, and national life, including principles and methods of handling risk. Special interest in technique of insurance.

Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4100 - Personal Financial Planning

Introduction to financial planning for individuals. This course will survey the topics of money management, insurance planning, investment planning, retirement planning, and estate planning.

Requisites: FIN 2400
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4110 - Retirement Planning

Provides students with knowledge of public and private retirement plans. Specifics of the various plans are analyzed and issues that individuals face in retirement are discussed.

Requisites: FIN 4100
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4120 - Estate Planning

Focuses on the efficient conservation and transfer of wealth, consistent with the client’s goals. Legal, financial and nonfinancial aspects of the process, including topics such as wills, trusts, probate, wealth transfers, and related taxes.

Requisites: FIN 4100
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4140 - Cases in Financial Planning

Critical thinking and decision-making about personal financial management topics in the context of the financial planning process.

Requisites: ACCT 3400 and BUSL 2550 and FIN 3310 and 3410 and 4110 and 4120
Credit Hours: 3.0