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 400Introduction to Business4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
ADMN 410Management Information Systems4
ADMN 420Business Statistics4
ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 575Behavior in Organizations4
ADMN 580Quantitative Decision Making4
ADMN 585Marketing4
ADMN 703Strategic Management: Decision Making 14
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
MATH 420Finite Mathematics4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 430Ethics and Society4
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1

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 701Financial Policy4
ACFI 702Investments Analysis4
Select two of the following:8
International Financial Management
Derivative Securities and Markets
Financial Institutions
Financial Modeling and Analytics
Equity Analysis and Firm Valuation
Real Estate Finance
Mortgage Banking and Fixed Income Securities
Finance topic courses (ACFI 720, ACFI 720W) or other approved 700-level finance courses.
Total Credits16