Finance Major

The Finance major introduces students to the financial decision-making process as it is applied within both large and small enterprises, and as it is practiced by investment professionals. The Finance major provides students with the flexibility to choose careers in corporate financial management, treasury management, investor relations, securities analysis/sales, portfolio management, mutual fund research, and financial markets analysis.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Functional finance skills

Objective 1.1: Students will learn the concepts and tools necessary to value assets.

Goal 2: Critical Thinking skills

Objective 2.1: Students will learn the skills to examine and evaluate the validity of assumptions.

Goal 3: Communication Skills

Objective 3.1: Students will learn to make recommendations that are clearly and effectively supported by analysis in written reports.

Goal 4: Jesuit Traditions

Objective 4.1: Students will understand the role of Ignatian values in financial decision-making.

All students majoring in Finance must complete the following GEP requirements (please see section on the General Education Programs for details).

The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses. Six courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses

Three College of Arts and Sciences courses related to the major, including:

ILC #1
ECN 102Introductory Economics Macro3
ILC #2 1
MAT 119Applied Business Calculus4
or MAT 123 Differential Calculus
ILC #3 2
For ILC #3, students may take one additional course (excluding first year seminars) in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Free Electives

Six courses

Business Foundation
ACC 101Concepts: Financial Accounting3
ACC 102Managerial Accounting3
DSS 200Intro to Information Systems3
DSS 210Business Statistics3
DSS 220Business Analytics3
FIN 200Intro to Finance3
MGT 110Essent'ls of Organzational Beh3
or MGT 120 Essentials of Management
MGT 360Legal Environment of Business3
MKT 201Principles of Marketing3
BUS 495Business Policy4

Major Concentration

Note: A grade of C or better in FIN 200 is required to progress as a Finance Major

Finance Core
FIN 201Markets and Institutions3
FIN 300Intermediate Finance3
FIN 301Investments3

Electives in major – Class of 2018 or Declaration of Major 2015 or later

Three courses, including a Finance Elective, a Flexible Elective, and an Advanced Finance Elective, are required:

Finance Elective
Select one from any 300- or 400-level FIN Course: 33
International Finance
Small Business Finance
FIN 304 - FIN 305 Honors Research in Finance
FIN 370 - FIN 379 Topics in Finance
Mergers & Acquisitions
Student Managed Funds
Portfolio Managment
Derivative Securities
FIN 470 - FIN 479 Advanced Topics in Finance
FIN 493 - FIN 494 Individual Research in Finance
Flexible Elective
Select one from any 300- or 400-level FIN, RMI or REF course: 4, 53
International Finance
Small Business Finance
FIN 304 - FIN 305 Honors Research in Finance
FIN 370 - FIN 379 Topics in Finance
Mergers & Acquisitions
Student Managed Funds
Portfolio Managment
Derivative Securities
FIN 470 - FIN 479 Advanced Topics in Finance
FIN 493 - FIN 494 Individual Research in Finance
REF 301Commerc Real Estate Valuation3
REF 303Residential Loans& Investments3
REF 400Commercial Real Estate Dev3
Corporate Risk Management
Insurance Company Operations
Alternate Risk Financing
RMI 370 - RMI 379 Topics in Risk Management & Insurance
Underwriting
Enterprise Risk Management
RMI 470 - RMI 479 Advanced Topics in Risk Management & Insurance
RMI 493 - RMI 494 Individual Research in Risk Management & Insurance
Advanced Finance Elective
Select one from any 400-level FIN Course:3
Mergers & Acquisitions
Student Managed Funds
Portfolio Managment
Derivative Securities
FIN 470 - FIN 479 Advanced Topics in Finance
FIN 493 - FIN 494 Indiviedual Research in Finance