Finance consists of three interrelated areas: (1) money and credit markets, which deals with the securities markets and financial institutions; (2) investments, which focuses on the decisions made by both individuals and institutional investors; and (3) financial management, which involves decisions made within the firm regarding the acquisition and use of funds.

Career opportunities in finance include positions in retail bank management, commercial lending, securities analysis, securities brokerage, commercial credit, consumer credit, and corporate financial management. Detailed information about these and other career opportunities in finance can be found on a CD-ROM entitled “Discovering Your Finance Career,” which is available in the department office.

Finance positions require not only knowledge of the three areas of finance, but also good analytical, quantitative, computer, communication and collaborative work skills. Departmental and finance concentration goals seek to enhance these skills.

Concentration in Finance

In addition to the business core and collateral courses, a concentration in finance includes:

    • BUS 368 Intermediate Corporate Finance
    • BUS 346 Investment Analysis
    • ECO 332 Money and Banking

For students entering the college in Fall 2009 or later, one elective course from departmental offerings is also required. For students enrolling prior to Fall 2009, two departmental electives are required. The following courses represent a recommended pool of courses from which to choose.

    • BUS 324 Managerial Accounting
    • BUS 364 Production and Operations Management
    • BUS 240 Business Law (Included in core requirements for students entering after Spring 2009)
    • BUS 326 Intermediate Accounting I
    • ECO 347 International Economics
    • BUS 323 Income Tax

Other courses that would be useful include:

    • ENG 201 Exposition
    • ECO 350 Econometrics
    • MAT 135 Calculus 1