Is Finance Right for You?

The baccalaureate degree in finance consists of 120 credits. Of those, 48 are general education and other non-business courses and are taken primarily during the freshman and sophomore years. All students with a major in the College of Business Administration complete 30 credits of required core classes. These courses provide business majors with a breadth of understanding of business issues.

The finance degree consists of four required courses in the areas of corporate finance, investments, markets & institutions, and a capstone course that integrates material from all areas through the use of real-world case studies. In addition to the required courses, finance students are required to take three additional electives, one of which must be a finance course and the remaining two may come from other functional areas.

The finance program also offers a Risk, Insurance, and Financial Planning Concentration designed to prepare students to enter the fields of insurance and personal financial planning. The concentration has seven required courses, including the four aforementioned courses, and provides for one elective.

The program outlines for the Finance Major and the Risk, Insurance, and Financial Planning Concentration are as follows:

FINANCE MAJOR (21 credits)
FIN 370-Corporation Finance (3 credits)
FIN 380-Principles of Investments (3 credits)
FIN 390-Money and Capital Markets (3 credits)
FIN 485-Problems and Cases in Finance (3 credits)
9 additional credits in finance and other selected business electives (9 credits)

RISK, INSURANCE, AND FINANCIAL PLANNING CONCENTRATION (21 credits)
FIN 360-Principles of Insurance (3 credits)
FIN 370-Corporation Finance (3 credits)
FIN 380-Principles of Investments (3 credits)
FIN 390-Money and Capital Markets (3 credits)
FIN 407-Advanced Financial Planning (3 credits)
FIN 485-Problems and Cases in Finance (3 credits)
3 additional credits from selected business electives (3 credits)

*FIN 207 meets a General Education requirement and may not increase the total number of credits required to complete the degree.