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Finance Major

Students who graduate with a finance major are prepared to enter positions in corporations, financial institutions, brokerage firms, investment banks, and government. They also are prepared for post-graduate study in all areas of business.

Learning Goals

  • Identify the functions of financial markets and institutions and examine their impact on the level of interest rates and interest rate differentials.
  • Investigate advanced time value of money concepts and extend these concepts to mortgage mathematics, commercial mathematics, and capital budgeting.
  • Explore the international integration of financial markets and analyze implications for financial managers.
  • Examine the nature of the commercial banking business. Ascertain the measures of bank return and risk performance and how they are applied to bank valuation decisions and management performance assessment.
  • Identify and analyze derivative instruments and strategies used by investors and corporations to hedge financial risks. Emphasis will be placed on identification of financial risk and designing optimal risk management strategies.
  • Determine and analyze the appropriate measures of risk and return for various financial instruments. Understand the mechanics and regulation of financial securities exchanges and determine how the value of stocks, bonds, and securities are calculated.

Degree Requirements

  • 60 credits of lower division course work including business pre-core courses.
  • 60 credits of upper division course work, including business core courses, finance major courses, and upper division business electives.
  • Finance major courses require a grade of "C" or higher.

Finance Major Courses

FIN 3414 Intermediate Finance
FIN 4324 Commercial Bank Management
FIN 4303 Financial Markets and Institutions
FIN 4502 Securities Analysis
FIN 4604 International Financial Management or
FIN 4634 International Banking
FIN 4486 Financial Risk Management-Financial Engineering
FINXXXX Finance Elective (Select from the following: FIN 3140, FIN 3560, FIN 3561, FIN 4345, FIN 4461, FIN 4651, FIN 4663, FIN 4744, OR FIN 4941)


REEXXXX Real Estate Elective

NOTE: Not all electives are offered every term, please verify with your business advisor or online at (class search).


Four upper division business electives.

Talk to an advisor in order to obtain list of qualified electives in any specific semester. 

Two Year and Four Year Major Maps

For more information view the Finance program requirements.