Finance

Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description.  Prerequisites are also listed.  A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course Number Course Name Semester Credit Hours Course Description Cross Listed Course Prerequisite
FIN 101 Financial Literacy 3 Students will learn to manage their resources and make sound personal financial decisions that will enable them to make effective use of income and achieve personal financial success. Units of study include budgeting, careers and income, taxes, insurance, credit, banking services, saving and investing. Not Applicable Not Applicable
FIN 305 Personal Financial Planning 3 The study of personal finances and investing activities. Topics include: personal financial statements, developing a financial plan and budget, personal finance applications of time-value-of-money, risk/insurance analysis, house-buying, investment strategies, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, credit borrowing, taxes, retirement planning. Not Applicable ACC 201, BUA 204 and ECO 201, all with grades of "C" or better.
FIN 330 Corporate Finance 3 An overview of the basic concepts, principles, and analytical tools in financial management. Topics include: financial statement analysis and ratios, time-value-of-money, financial markets, taxation, interest rate calculations, dividends, stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting, risk and return, cost of capital, capital structure. Not Applicable ACC 201, BUA 204 and ECO 202, all with grades of "C" or better.
FIN 405 Career and Research Skills in Finance and
Investments
3 An extensive overview of the necessary skills for successful careers in finance and investments is explored. Topics include: developing research skills, financial writing and oral presentation techniques, investment mathematics, statistical tools, technology and computer software, online financial information and library resources, knowledge of independent investment research products and services. Not Applicable FIN 330
FIN 421 Cases in Financial Management 3 The principles and analytical methods studied in FIN 330 are applied to real-world oriented cases for students to develop practice-oriented skills and solutions to problems facing the corporate financial manager. Not Applicable FIN 330
FIN 425 Analysis of Financial Statements and
Financial Reporting
3 The study of accounting data and financial statements for reporting and planning purposes and the analysis and interpretation of financial statement for accounting, management, and investment purposes. Applications and financial software are utilized to construct pro-forma statements and complete case analysis assignments. ACC 425 FIN 330
FIN 440 Financial Institutions 3 Analyzes the management operations of investment firms, insurance companies, banks, and other lending institutions. Topics include: financial statements, performance analysis, asset/liability management, mergers and acquisitions, financial services and banking industry, firm organizational structure, legal and regulatory environment. Not Applicable FIN 330
FIN 450 Investment Analysis 3 An overview of concepts and analytical tools of investment management. Topics include: modern portfolio theory, practical investment management, investment strategies, market efficiency, behavioral finance, investing internationally, mutual funds, asset allocation, managing equity and fixed income portfolios, fundamental and technical analysis, securities investment analysis. Not Applicable FIN 330
FIN 460 Entrepreneurial Finance 3 Provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities of financing business enterprises including: developing a business and financial plan. The class is intended for future entrepreneurs who wish to start or purchase new ventures, those who wish to join rapidly growing organizations, or those who desire to work in private equity, venture capital or business development in well-established organizations. Not Applicable ACC 201, BUA 204 and ECO 202, all with grades of "C" or better.
FIN 470 International Corporate Finance 3 Surveys the international aspects of corporate finance. Multinationals confront the familiar problems of financing and investment in unique new forms as these firms seek to expand across national borders. In Investigates the financial policies, international financial markets, investment opportunities, capital budgeting techniques and foreign exchange risk management of multinational companies. Not Applicable FIN 330
FIN 472 Student-Managed Mutual Fund Investment 3 Finance students manage a real mutual fund portfolio in a teamwork setting. A focal point of the investment decision is mutual fund and industry (sector) analysis, day-to-day evaluation, record keeping, investment performance and report preparation. Finance students are responsible for all decisions in managing the mutual fund portfolio for actual funds (real money) based on a ―long-term‖ asset allocation philosophy. Not Applicable FIN 330, FIN 405, FIN 450
FIN 475 Behavioral Finance 3 Introduces the theories developed by research regarding cognitive biases, heuristics, emotions, and crowd psychology. The course examines the applications of these theories in corporate finance, personal finance, and investment management and suggests approaches in which financial managers and investors improve their intuitive and analytical decision-making skills. Not Applicable PSY 200, FIN 330 and FIN 305 or FIN 450
FIN 480 Finance Internship 3 Off-campus on-the-job employment related to the discipline of Finance. Not Applicable Junior or Senior classification and consent of chairperson.
FIN 499 Independent Study in Finance
3 Research on and in-depth study of a particular topic or problem under the direction of a faculty member. Not Applicable Senior classification and consent of chairperson.
FIN 530 Corporate Finance 3 A study of the concepts and theories related to the acquisition, application, and control of resources within the corporate environment. Topics include financial forecasting and statement analysis, securities valuation, cost of capital, capital budgeting, leverage, capital structure, financing decisions, dividend policy, working capital management, and leasing. Not Applicable Not Applicable
FIN 540 Financial Institutions 3 An extensive overview of the banking and financial services industry from a managerial viewpoint. Topics include financial securities and markets, intermediaries, financial statements, asset and liability management, sources of funds, investments, regulation, legislation, performance analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and ethics Not Applicable FIN 530
FIN 550 Investment Analysis 3 A comprehensive analysis of the concepts, theories, and tools of investment analysis. Topics include modern portfolio theory, risk and return analysis, efficient capital markets, behavioral finance, financial securities and markets, security analysis and valuation, investment strategies, debt and equity portfolio management, mutual funds, asset allocation, and taxes. Not Applicable FIN 530
FIN 575 Managerial Economics 3 The study of the alternative financial and investment research into cognitive biases, heuristics, emotions, crowd behavior, and stock market psychology. The course investigates the applications of these concepts and provides approaches in which corporate managers and investors advance their intuitive and analytical decision making skills. Not Applicable FIN 530 or Consent of Instructor