Business Administration Major: Finance Option (B.S.)
The Option in Finance provides students with the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to make informed financial decisions for themselves and their organizations. Business students interested in numbers, quantitative analysis, problem solving, utilizing creativity, and practical applications will appreciate this option. Opportunities exist in a variety of fields, including commercial and investment banking, insurance, corporate finance, money management, venture capital, risk management, and real estate.
The job outlook for finance students is strong, and starting and mid-career salaries are typically among the highest of all majors at a university. Many premier jobs in business, such as hedge fund manager, investment banker, and CFO, are in finance.
The goal of the finance option is to provide students with general exposure to the field while allowing them to specialize in one of three tracks: analytics and quantitative finance, financial analyst, and real estate. Tracks are not required; please inquire with the finance option coordinator for details.
A typical plan of study follows, showing the major-required courses. Students take 16-18 credits per semester. Discovery Program requirements (including the Inquiry requirement in the first two years) and elective courses are taken as well. Students are expected to follow this course plan. In the first three semesters, students cannot take more than two major courses in a single semester. The options have different requirements, which are provided below. For a detailed schedule/plan of study for each option, students should check with the Paul College Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office for specific recommendations.
|Business Adminsistration core requirements:|
|ADMN 400||Introduction to Business||4|
|ADMN 403||Computing Essentials for Business||1|
|ADMN 410||Management Information Systems||4|
|ADMN 420||Business Statistics||4|
|ADMN 502||Financial Accounting||4|
|ADMN 503||Managerial Accounting||4|
|ADMN 570||Introduction to Financial Management||4|
|ADMN 575||Behavior in Organizations||4|
|ADMN 580||Quantitative Decision Making||4|
|ADMN 703||Strategic Management: Decision Making 1||4|
|ECON 401||Principles of Economics (Macro)||4|
|ECON 402||Principles of Economics (Micro)||4|
|MATH 420||Finite Mathematics||4|
|or MATH 424A||Calculus for Social Sciences|
|PHIL 430||Ethics and Society||4|
|PAUL 405||Freshman Academic Experience I||1|
|PAUL 406||Freshman Academic Experience II||1|
This is the capstone course in the business administration program, and satisfies the capstone requirement of the Discovery Program.
Depending of the choice of option and the specific requirements thereof, students may be able to take PAUL or non-PAUL electives in their junior or senior year.
Option in Finance
|ACFI 701||Financial Policy||4|
|ACFI 702||Investments Analysis||4|
|Select two of the following:||8|
|International Financial Management|
|Derivative Securities and Markets|
|Financial Modeling and Analytics|
|Equity Analysis and Firm Valuation|
|Real Estate Finance|
|Mortgage Banking and Fixed Income Securities|