Finance

The finance major introduces you to issues important to careers that focus on gaining and using financial resources.

Preparing You For Success

Finance courses strengthen your analytical skills as you learn how financial systems utilize money and resources. You explore business, investments and markets. You also learn the tools professionals use to make sound short and long-term business decisions. You finish the degree with a capstone project for a local business. The major gives you flexibility to specialize in corporate finance, securities, markets and institutions. This foundation is valuable if you pursue a career that requires a certification or qualification exam.

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • Networking and professional development through the Financial Management Association
  • Opportunities to spend a semester in a financial hub such as New York City or London
  • Mentoring relationships with faculty who are financial professionals and active researchers

Making Your Mark

Finance majors are valuable for careers in investments, markets, insurance, securities, corporate finance, personal financial planning. In recent years, many students successfully passed certification exams such as: Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter and Financial Risk Manager. As a result, recent students found jobs or entered graduate school within six months of graduation. They are working for companies such as IBM, Liberty Mutual Insurance, the Federal Reserve Bank and RLI Corp.

Major Requirements

Required Courses - 15 hrs.

  • FIN 322: Business Finance - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 325: Investment Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 328: Financial Institutions and Markets - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 494: Financial Strategy - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 4XX: senior level finance course - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • FIN 220: Personal Finance - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 323: International Financial Management - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 327: Derivative Securities - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 329: Commercial Bank Management - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 330: Financial Institutions and Markets - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 384: Entrepreneurial Finance - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 421: Liquidity Management - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 422: Financial Analysis, Core Curr. WI - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 423: Advanced Business Finance - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 424: Capital Budgeting - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 425: Portfolio Theory and Management - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 426: Financial Research and Modeling - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 429: Topics in Finance- 3 hrs.

Elective Tools Courses (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • Q M 326: Business Forecasting - 3 hrs.
  • Q M 364: Decision Support Systems - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 319: Introduction to Econometrics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 418: Mathematical Economics - 3 hrs.

Elective Functional Area International Courses (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • *FIN 323: International Financial Management - 3 hrs. 
  • ECO 391: International Trade - 3 hrs.

*FIN 323 also counts as part of the required 24 hours in finance.

Courses Beyond ATG 157 and ATG 158 (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • ATG 301: Intermediate Accounting - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 314: Cost Accounting - 3 hrs.

Math Courses (choose one) - 3 or 4 hrs.

  • QM 260: Quantitative Methods in Finance - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 122: Calculus II - 4 hrs.

Students must also complete Foster College's business core.