Finance Major

Finance is the study of the purchase and sale of assets by individuals and institutions. Understanding the markets and the terms of financial transactions in a global context is integral to the study of finance. Finance majors develop analytical skills through required courses that emphasize the financial environment of business, the decision-making process of corporations, key principles underlying the investment and valuation process, and the expanding international context of financial analysis, portfolio construction and trading.

Finance majors use real-time data in the Trading Room, housed in the Hughey Center for Financial Services, where students apply theory and information technology to financial analysis, asset valuation and risk management. The broad range of electives offered allows for specialization through concentrations in Financial Planning, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets. Students are encouraged to participate in internships (paid or unpaid) as part of the Finance major, and often have their pick from a variety of career choices in commercial banking, corporate finance, financial planning, insurance, money management and more. The Finance degree provides sound preparation for career opportunities in management training programs of major corporations, financial service firms, insurance and financial planning, and also for graduate education in business, finance, law and other disciplines.

In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for business majors, including the General Business Core, focused-course requirements, and additional electives.

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses
FI 305Principles of Accounting and Finance3
FI 306Financial Markets and Investment3
FI 307Advanced Managerial Finance3
FI 351International Finance3
In addition, students select four finance electives in consultation with their faculty advisor. These can be any four FI courses not otherwise required.12
Students can select an optional concentration. Students completing a concentration must choose their electives as follows:

Personal Financial Planning Concentration

CourseTitleCredits
FI 360Introduction to Professional Financial Planning3
FI 361Advanced Topics in Financial Planning3
Select two of the following:6
Advanced Topics in Investments
Insurance and Risk Management
Internship in Finance (in financial planning area)

Corporate Finance Concentration

CourseTitleCredits
FI 345Applied Corporate Finance3
Select three of the following:9
Operations of Financial Institutions
Financial Modeling
International Project Finance
Mergers and Acquisitions
Experimental course in FI (with appropriate theme)
Internship in Finance (in the corporate finance area)

Capital Markets Concentration

CourseTitleCredits
FI 331Capital Markets3
FI 335Derivatives3
Select two of the following:6
Advanced Topics in Investments
Operations of Financial Institutions
Financial Modeling
Internship in Finance (in the capital markets area)