Minor inFinance

Minoring in Business Finance involves studying the management of large amounts of money. You’ll learn how to make financial decisions for organizations via planning, raising funds, making investments, and controlling costs. How can a pension fund be optimized? How is the impact of certain tax codes measured? What should be factored in when sourcing materials? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any business or organization as you take 20 credit hours toward a business finance minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

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Finance Curriculum Overview

You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any business or organization as you take 20 credit hours toward a business finance minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

Required: 12 credits (and in sequence)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ACC - 201 Prin of Acct (Financial) 4
FIN - 301 Corporate Finance I 4
FIN - 311 Corporate Finance II 4

This class introduces the student to the role of accounting in the business world. The principles and concepts of financial accounting and analysis of accounting statements are covered. Accounting cycles, procedures and balanced sheet classifications are emphasized.

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This course explores the basics of financial management. Topics include the capital markets, the cash budget, pro forma statements, analysis of financial statements, and the time value of money Students also complete a research project. (Prerequisites: ACC201, MAT110 , MAT125 or MAT135)

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This course continues the examination of various corporate finance topics from Corporate Finance I. Special focus is given to long-term financing, including bonds, preferred stock, common stock and the optimal capital structure. Students also explore capital budgeting and the cost of capital and dividend policy. (Prerequisite: FIN301)

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Choose 2 courses (8 credits):
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ECO - 401 Global Economics 4
FIN - 411 Investments & Capital Markets 4
FIN - 420 Fin Dvlp, Fundrsng, Grant Writ 4

This course will introduce students to the theories explaining trade and financial (exchange rates, foreign direct investment) markets in the economy. The course will also focus on policy issues in the trade and financial sectors such as the effectiveness of domestic trade and monetary policy, coordination of international exchange rates and the role of institutions such as the Federal Reserve System and the World Trade Organization in the present global economy. The course will also introduce students to national and local ethnic markets.

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This course explores investment decision-making in a capitalist economy. The operation of securities markets, business cycles and fiscal and monetary policy are analyzed. Various investment methodologies are discussed. International investing, valuation of stocks and bonds and a survey of the various types of investment assets are also included. Students prepare an investment portfolio as their final project. (Prerequisite: FIN301)

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Students learn the theory and practice of philanthropy, fundraising and grant writing for non-profit organizations. This course provides hands-on instruction for identifying grant opportunities, writing proposals, and evaluating proposals for non-profits. Students also learn to develop budgets and manage resource acquisition through ethical fund-raising and the development of philanthropy partners.

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Career Potential

  • Capital Budgeting Analyst
  • Cash Manager
  • Credit Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Investment Banker
  • Loan Officer
  • Mortgage Banker
  • Pension Fund Manager
  • Project Finance Manager
  • Property Manager
  • Retail Bank Manager
  • Securities Analyst
  • Stockbroker

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