Finance Major Requirements

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Programs of study are structured to benefit students who will enter both finance and nonfinance careers. In addition, many individuals who have decided to pursue advanced professional degrees have found the finance program to be quite valuable. In short, even if you are not certain whether your career will be in a traditional finance specialization, it is quite possible that finance courses will be very useful in your personal and professional life.

There is considerable flexibility in arranging individual programs of study within the major. Students may choose a well-rounded exposure to the many facets of financial decision making. They may select courses in such areas as investment analysis, financial modeling, corporate financial management, banking and financial markets, real estate, insurance, and personal financial planning.


The following electives are recommended to those interested in the career areas specified below:

Corporate Financial Management: 

  • FIN-330 Corporate Cash Management
  • FIN-370 Financial Reporting and Analysis

Banking and Financial Markets: 

  • FIN-308 International Finance

Investment Analysis and Personal Financial Planning:

  • FIN-412 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • FIN-305 Personal Financial Planning
  • FIN-370 Financial Reporting and Analysis

Casework in Financial Modeling:

  • FIN-315 Financial Modeling


  • FIN-340 Principles of Risk Management

Because the fields are related so closely to finance, majors are encouraged to take advanced courses in accounting, economics and personal computer applications in business. Among the most useful accounting courses are ACC-310 and ACC-311, Accounting Theory and Concepts I and II.

Special Double Major Opportunities

Recognition and credit is given to the significant amount of financerelated material that is included in the program for accounting majors. As a result, students who are finance and accounting double majors can reduce the number of required finance courses from six to five. Details are available from the CBA Dean’s office or from the chairperson.

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Finance Major Requirements

All business students must complete the Business Core.

Major Requirements

For entry into the Finance major, students need at least a “C-” in FIN 220 Introduction to Finance. A Finance degree consists of six courses (18 credits). To graduate, students must receive at least a “C-” in each of the major courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major. All Finance majors must take the following three courses: 

  • FIN 307 Financial Markets & Institutions
  • FIN 309 Intermediate Corporate Finance
  • FIN 312 Investments=

In addition, three upper level Finance electives (300-400 level) are required excluding FIN 491 Finance Internship and FIN 399 Finance Co-op. Available Finance concentrations have stricter requirements for graduation. Qualified Finance majors are required to complete at least one of three concentrations. Most eligible students will be automatically enrolled in the Concentration in Private Wealth Management in their sophomore year. Students desiring a career path in Corporate Finance can switch their program to the Concentration in Financial Management. Eligible juniors/seniors are encouraged to add the Concentration in Investment Analysis. Students who desire the greatest flexibility with no specialization may opt for the standard Finance degree consisting of three required courses and any three Finance electives. Students who desire a more generalist degree can opt-out of participating in a concentration with permission of the Department Chair.