Finance is the study and practice of decision-making to acquire and manage real and financial assets for the purpose of creating and maintaining economic (market) value. The Finance curriculum consists of two main areas of study—-corporate finance and investments. Corporate finance explores which assets a firm should acquire, how to raise funds to purchase them, and how to manage acquired assets to maximize the value of the firm. Investments includes how to value stocks, bonds, and other financial securities; the theory and practice of portfolio management; and the functioning of the securities markets.
Career opportunities for students with a major in Finance include corporate finance, credit management, financial consulting, investments/investment banking, and commercial banking.
FIN 4360 Corporate Financial Management
FIN 4365 Investment Analysis
Three finance electives
One accounting elective chosen from a list of approved courses
Other Useful Electives
Accounting (ACC), risk management and insurance, and real estate courses. Note: It is strongly recommended that a student majoring in Finance complete a total of 12-15 hours of accounting to enhance one's career opportunities. Still other useful electives include economics (ECO) and professional selling (MKT) courses.
For a complete listing of finance courses and descriptions, see Courses-Finance. In addition, a Finance Major Advising Sheet listing approved accounting electives and recommended finance electives by career objective is available from the Department.