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Economics & Finance

Dr. Kudret Topyan
Chair of the Department

The Department of Economics and Finance offers a broad choice of courses and majors in Economics, Finance, as well as a double major in Finance and Economics. The aims of the department are (1) to prepare students for careers in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations; (2) to provide an intellectual and professional basis for informed participation in contemporary society; and (3) to develop competent and well-trained students in the disciplines of Economics and Finance. 

Every major in the department must consult with the Chair concerning the fulfillment of the requirements for the major and the electives that will be most suitable for his/her particular professional and academic development. Students planning to pursue graduate studies and quantitatively oriented jobs in economics or finance are strongly advised to pursue a minor in mathematics and a minor in business analytics.

Economics

Learning Goals for the Economics Major

1. To gain an understanding of economic issues and problems in society by studying economic principles.

2. To become familiar with the national and international financial and monetary systems and their functions.

3. To develop the analytical skills to use the theoretical and applied tools to be able to apply methods of economic analysis. 

Major

Students enrolled in the O'Malley School of Business who wish to pursue a major in Economics without a concentration must take:

ECON 301Intermediate Price Analysis3
ECON 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 334International Economics3
ECON 433Econometrics3
Any three approved ECON electives9
Total Credits21

Students enrolled in the School of Arts who wish to pursue a major in Economics without a concentration must take:

MATH 153Finite Mathematics for Business Decisions3
MATH 154Calculus for Business Decisions3
BUAN 227Business Statistics3
ECON 203Microeconomics3
or ECON 150 Roots: Economics
ECON 204Macroeconomics3
ECON 301Intermediate Price Analysis3
ECON 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 305Money and Banking3
ECON 334International Economics3
ECON 433Econometrics3
Any three approved ECON electives9
Total Credits39

The department offers three concentrations: Quantitative Economics, Applied Economics, and Environmental Economics. For each concentration, students are required to take three elective courses from the lists below. 

I. Quantitative Economics                              

ECON 303Mathematical Economics3
ECON 401Advanced Microeconomics3
ECON 402Seminar in MacroEconomics and Financial Markets3
ECON 403Seminar in Monetary Theory and Policy3
ECON 434Advanced Econometrics3

II. Applied Economics

ECON 4053
ECON 432Applied Environmental Economics3
ECON 4453
Or an ECON elective approved by the Department3

III. Environmental Economics

ECON 332Introduction to Environmental Economics3
ECON 412Economic Growth and Development3
ECON 432Applied Environmental Economics3
Or an ECON elective approved by the Department3

A minimum grade of C is necessary to receive major credit. 

Students majoring in Economics are encouraged to complete a business internship. Students can complete an approved internship experience for academic credit. Free Elective credit may be used to complete ECON 375 Assimilating the Internship Experience in Economics. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Dean for Career Development for guidance on the process of securing an appropriate internship and obtaining the required faculty sponsorship. Faculty supervisors will define appropriate academic activities in parallel to work requirements in order to provide a complete internship experience. Credit-bearing internships must be approved by the Department Chair, Dean, and Assistant Dean for Career Development.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECON 203*3ECON 204*3
MATH 153 or 1853MATH 154 or 1863
ENGL 1103ENGL 2113
CIS 1103RELS 1103
MGMT 201 or MKTG 2013MKTG 201 or MGMT 2013
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOC 2013FIN 3013
BUAN 2273ECON 3053
ACCT 201*3ACCT 202*3
PSYC 2033LAW 2033
ENGL Elective3PHIL 2013
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECON 302*3ECON 301*3
ECON 4333ECON 3343
MGMT 3073Economics Elective3
Liberal Arts Elective3RELS Contemporary3
RELS Catholic Studies3History Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Economics Elective3Economics Elective3
MGMT 406 or 4303MGMT 430 or 4063
Free Elective3Free Elective3
SCI Elective3SCI Elective3
Liberal Arts Elective3Liberal Arts Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

* Courses must be taken in sequence

Minor

 Students in the O'Malley School of Business who wish to minor in Economics must take:

ECON 301Intermediate Price Analysis3
ECON 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
One approved ECON elective3
Total Credits9

Students who are in schools other than the school of business and who wish to pursue a minor in Economics must take:

ECON 203Microeconomics3
or ECON 150 Roots: Economics
ECON 204Macroeconomics3
Three approved ECON electives9
Total Credits15

A minimum grade of C is necessary to receive minor credit. 

Finance

Learning Goals for the Finance Major

1. To gain an understanding of financial theories and their applications in financial decision-making.

2. To develop the analytical skills required to build financial models and interpret financial data, markets, and reports.

3. To acquire the ability to identify and deal with ethical issues and increase awareness of social responsibility in a financial setting.

Requirements for a Major in Finance/CFA Track

The major in Finance is available to O'Malley School of Business students only. Students must take, in addition to the Business Core courses, FIN 308FIN 320, FIN 340FIN 416FIN 436, and two Finance electives. A minimum grade of C is necessary to receive major credit. 

Students should complete BUAN 227 and FIN 301 by the end of their sophomore year. Students majoring in Finance can use their free electives (6 credits) to fulfill the requirements for their degree. The Finance degree has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), that provides students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams. 

FIN 308Investments3
FIN 320Financial Statement Analysis3
FIN 340Corp Structure & Financing3
FIN 416Options and Futures Markets3
FIN 436Multinational Finance3
Two FIN electives6
Total Credits21

A minimum grade of C is necessary to receive major credit.

Students majoring in Finance are encouraged to complete a business internship. Students can complete an approved internship experience for academic credit. Free Elective credit may be used to complete FIN 375 Assimilating the Internship Experience in Finance. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Dean for Career Development for guidance on the process of securing an appropriate internship and obtaining the required faculty sponsorship. Faculty supervisors will define appropriate academic activities in parallel to work requirements in order to provide a complete internship experience. Credit-bearing internships must be approved by the Department Chair, Dean, and Assistant Dean for Career Development.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECON 203*3ECON 204*3
MATH 153 or 185*3MATH 154 or 186*3
ENGL 1103ENGL 2113
CIS 1103RELS 1103
MGMT 201 or MKTG 2013MKTG 201 or MGMT 2013
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BUAN 2273FIN 3013
SOC 2013ACCT 202*3
ACCT 201*3PHIL 2013
PSYC 2033LAW 2033
ENGL Elective3SCI Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FIN 308*3FIN 3403
FIN 3203FIN 416*3
ECON 3053MGMT 3073
HIST Elective3Free Elective3
RELS Catholic Studies3SCI Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FIN 4363RELS Global/Contemporary3
MGMT 406 or 4303Liberal Arts Elective6
Liberal Arts Elective3MGMT 430 or 4063
Two FIN Electives6Free Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

*Courses must be taken in sequence

**Students planning to take the CFA Level 1 exam are strongly encouraged to take FIN 499 (Seminar in Professional Finance). This course provides in-depth coverage of the exam topics and fulfills the finance elective requirement. Full-time students can take FIN 499 as a second finance elective and as a sixth course in the Spring semester of Senior year (carrying a six-course load instead of a five-course load at the same tuition rate).

Requirements for a Minor in Finance

Students who are in Schools other than Business may pursue a Minor in Finance. Students must obtain the permission of the School in which they are enrolled. To Minor in Finance a student must complete the following fifteen credits:

ACCT 201Principles of Accounting I3
BUAN 227Business Statistics3
ECON 305Money and Banking3
FIN 301Principles of Business Finance3
FIN 308Investments3
Total Credits15

Students in the O'Malley School of Business who wish to Minor in Finance must complete the following, in addition to the core courses required of all students in Business:

FIN 308Investments3
FIN 320Financial Statement Analysis3
FIN 340Corp Structure & Financing3
Total Credits9

A minimum grade of C is necessary to receive minor credit.

Requirements for a Double Major in Finance and Economics/CFA Track

The double major in Finance and Economics is designed to thoroughly ground students in the relationship between Economics and Finance and how the two disciplines prepare them for the analysis of the economy in general and the actions of companies and the financial markets in particular.  Emphasis is placed on the economic environment in which companies operate and the reaction and values assigned by the asset markets.  The interaction between fiscal policy, monetary policy, corporate strategies, and market valuations are examined to provide a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the real and financial economies. The Double Major in Economics and Finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.

Required and elective courses will parallel the material necessary to prepare students for the first part of the CFA exam, which can be taken after undergraduate studies are complete.

The double major in Finance and Economics is available to O'Malley School of Business students only. Students must take:

FIN 308Investments3
FIN 320Financial Statement Analysis3
FIN 340Corp Structure & Financing3
FIN 416Options and Futures Markets3
FIN 436Multinational Finance3
Two FIN electives6
ECON 301Intermediate Price Analysis3
ECON 302Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 334International Economics3
ECON 433Econometrics3
Two ECON electives6
Total Credits39

A minimum grade of C is necessary to receive major credit. Students are required to complete BUAN 227 Business Statistics and FIN 301 Principles of Business Finance by the end of their sophomore year. Students majoring in Finance and Business Economics can use free electives (6 credits) to fulfill the requirements for their degree. In addition, Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 301 Intermediate Price Analysis) and Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics) can be used as two liberal arts elective courses.  

If a student is interested in preparing for the CFA exam, we strongly encourage them to take FIN 499.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECON 203*3ECON 204*3
MATH 153 or 1853MATH 154 or 1863
ENGL 1103RELS 1103
CIS 1103ENGL 2113
MGMT 201 or MKTG 2013MKTG 201 or MGMT 2013
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BUAN 2273FIN 3013
ACCT 201*3ACCT 202*3
MGMT 201 or MKTG 2013ECON 3053
SOC 2013LAW 2033
ENGL Elective 3PHIL 2013
PSYC 2033 
 18 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FIN 308*3FIN 3403
FIN 3203FIN 416*3
ECON 3023ECON 3013
FIN Elective3ECON 3343
RELS Catholic Studies3MGMT 3073
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FIN 4363MGMT 4303
ECON 433*3PHIL 2013
MGMT 406 or 4303FIN Elective**3
Two ECON Electives6RELS Global/Contemporary3
Science Elective3HIST Elective 3
 18 15
Total Credits: 126

*Courses must be taken in sequence

**Students planning to take the CFA Level 1 exam are strongly encouraged to take FIN 499 (Seminar in Professional Finance). This course provides in-depth coverage of the exam topics and fulfills the finance elective requirement. Full-time students can take FIN 499 as a second finance elective and as a sixth course in the Spring semester of Senior year (carrying a six-course load instead of a five-course load at the same tuition rate).

Courses

Economics Courses

ECON 150. Roots: Economics. 3 Credits.

An explanation and critical examination of selected concepts in the social sciences. Students examine the logic and methods of social science research and engage in analysis of contemporary social issues from the perspective of the discipline of economics. The main emphasis of the course is to study the behavior of households and business firms in the marketplace. ECON 150 or ECON 203 is the prerequisite for ECON 204.

ECON 203. Microeconomics. 3 Credits.

An introductory study of the behavior of households and business firms in the marketplace, including households as consumers and resource suppliers, business firms as producers of goods and services and buyers of resources, market structures for outputs and inputs, role of the government, and free trade vs. protection.

ECON 204. Macroeconomics. 3 Credits.

An introductory study of the determination of the level of production and the price level in the macro economy. Topics covered include inflation and unemployment, money and banks, federal budget and national debt, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth and development. Prerequisite: ECON 203 or ECON 150.

ECON 301. Intermediate Price Analysis. 3 Credits.

Market and factor pricing under pure competition, imperfect competition conditions and monopoly; the pricing process and the allocation of resources. Prerequisites: ECON 203, ECON 204, BUAN 227.

ECON 302. Intermediate Macroeconomics. 3 Credits.

The nature and causes of unemployment and inflation and the debate over the policies used to fight these problems in a global economy. Prerequisites: ECON 203, ECON 204, BUAN 227.

ECON 303. Mathematical Economics. 3 Credits.

A course that applies linear algebra, calculus, and unconstrained and constrained optimization techniques to solve economic problems and perform economic analysis. Topics covered include equilibrium analysis, comparative static analysis, and optimization. Prerequisite: MATH 153 and MATH 154.

ECON 305. Money and Banking. 3 Credits.

This course considers the nature of money, the markets that allocate money to a variety of uses, the institutions that create and control the money stock, the flow of money and how it is related to employment levels, GDP, inflation and interest rates, and international financial matters. Much attention will be paid to problems and issues requiring the attention of policymakers. Prerequisites: ECON 203, ECON 204.

ECON 332. Introduction to Environmental Economics. 3 Credits.

An introductory study of the way economists approach environmental problems. Topics covered include externalities, market failure, public goods, common-pool resources, policy instruments (e.g. taxes, command and control policies, cap and trade, and tradable pollution permits, and cost-benefit analysis. Prerequisites: ECON 203 and MATH 154.

ECON 334. International Economics. 3 Credits.

A study of international trade and financial relationships. Topics covered include theory of international trade, public and private barriers to trade, commercial policy of the U.S., regional economic integration, foreign exchange markets, balance of payments, disequilibrium and the adjustment process, international monetary systems, and economic development of the developing nations. Prerequisites: ECON 203 and ECON 204, and by permission of instructor.

ECON 375. Assimilating the Internship Experience in Economics.. 3 Credits.

In consultation with the faculty advisor, students design and complete an independent project related to their Economics internship. This project aids in assimilating a practical off-campus work experience in business, industry, government or cultural organization with the students’ studies and/or career interests. This course is subject to the approval of the Department Chair, Dean and Internship Coordinator of the School of Business. The student is required to pre-register with the Internship Coordinator and to obtain internship placement prior to the start of the semester. (Free elective).

ECON 401. Advanced Microeconomics. 3 Credits.

The course will focus on the analytical tools of modern microeconomics – especially game theory and information economics – and will apply these tools to economics problems such as imperfect competition, auctions, bargaining, price discrimination, moral hazard and adverse selection. Prerequisite: ECON 301.

ECON 402. Seminar in MacroEconomics and Financial Markets. 3 Credits.

Advanced topics in macroeconomics and financial market will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on a theoretical understanding and the applications to forecasting cyclical and dynamic movements in the economy. Prerequisites: ECON 302 and ECON 305 or by permission of Instructor.

ECON 403. Seminar in Monetary Theory and Policy. 3 Credits.

ECON 403 is designed as a survey of modern monetary policies and theories. The primary objective of the course is to examine how unconventional monetary phenomena and policies are determined, and how they impact the domestic and foreign economies. The course will also provide rigorous training for the College Federal Reserve Challenge Competition. This competition is designed to bring real-world economics into the classroom - student teams assume the role of monetary policymakers by analyzing economic conditions and recommending a course for monetary policy. Prerequisite: ECON 302.

ECON 412. Economic Growth and Development. 3 Credits.

This course offers a broad overview of the economic problems that developing countries face along with policies to mitigate these issues. Topics may include poverty, inequality, institutional breakdowns, failures in education and health care systems, environmental degradation, the international trade regime, and financial crises. Prerequisites: ECON 203 or ECON 150 and ECON 204 or by permission of instructor.

ECON 432. Applied Environmental Economics. 3 Credits.

A study of the applications of economic theory and econometric methods to analyze environmental problems and to valuate environmental improvements. Topics include: game theory, behavioral economics experiments focused on common resources, public goods, and nudges, as well as revealed and stated preference methods and applications to value improvements to the environment. Prerequisites: ECON 203 and BUAN 227.

ECON 433. Econometrics. 3 Credits.

A systematic attempt of setting theoretical hypotheses about economic reality against empirical evidence produced by real-world situations and problems. Emphasis is on the process and application of statistical inference through the use of various distributions and on the estimation and measurement of relationships among economic variables. Prerequisites: ECON 203, ECON 204 and BUAN 227 or its equivalent.

ECON 434. Advanced Econometrics. 3 Credits.

Advanced Econometrics: It is the second of a two-course sequence that introduces the student to econometric analysis. EC444 focuses on Gauss Markov Theorem and its classical assumptions which guarantee that the OLS is the optimal estimator of the classical linear regression model. The course delves deeper into the consequences associated with violating the classical OLS assumptions and how to detect and correct for them. Course topics include the different functional forms of regression models, dummy variable regression models, multicollinearity, heteroscedasticity, autocorrelation, model specification and diagnostic testing, simultaneous-equation models, and identification problem. Prerequisites: ECON 433.

ECON 441. Economics Seminar. 3 Credits.

A program of supervised research and reading related to a theme or topic of economics. Open to a limited number of students majoring in economics or finance who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Chair of the Department. Open to economics and finance majors only.

ECON 444. Special Topic: in Economics. 3 Credits.

ECON 470. Economics Tutorial/Independent Study. 3 Credits.

A single-semester tutorial course, related to a particular topic of economics, directed by a faculty member from the department. Open to qualified students who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Department Chair and the Dean.

ECON 471. Economics Thesis Project I. 3 Credits.

An in-depth program of research, under the direction of a member of the department (mentor), leading to a comprehensive research proposal which includes a topic, a review of the literature, the research methodology, sources of data and potential results. Open to qualified students who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Department Chair and the Dean.

ECON 472. Economics Thesis Project II. 3 Credits.

An in-depth program of research, under the direction of a member of the department (mentor), leading to a completion of the research project proposed in ECON 471 Thesis Project I. A defense of the thesis is required. Prerequisite: ECON 471 Thesis Project I.

ECON 475. Assimilating the Internship Experience in Economics. 3 Credits.

This course may be used as a second internship experience and/or with senior status. (Free elective).

Finance Courses

FIN 301. Principles of Business Finance. 3 Credits.

An overview of modern finance concepts and a survey of fundamental issues. Topics include basic finance terminology, time value of money, basic financial statement analysis, the structure and functions of financial markets and institutions, bond and stock valuation, and elementary capital budgeting. Prerequisites: ECON 203, ECON 204, ACCT 201 and MATH 154.

FIN 308. Investments. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the markets and instruments in investments including equity and debt securities, mutual funds, and basic derivatives including options and futures contracts as well as the principles governing the selection and management of portfolios of financial assets. Prerequisites: ECON 203, ECON 204, FIN 301, and BUAN 227.

FIN 309. Real Estate Investment. 3 Credits.

This course offers a thorough study of the fields of real estate investment and finance. It covers the basics of real estate investment analysis, mortgage concepts, and the financing of residential and commercial properties. The topics include an overview of the major types of valuation models and approaches used for analyzing the primary categories of real properties. Alternative types of mortgages are also discussed. The course emphasizes the ways in which financing and investments in real properties are similar to a range of financial assets. It integrates real estate finance topics and builds its methodology on a modern corporate finance and investment framework. Prerequisite: FIN 301.

FIN 320. Financial Statement Analysis. 3 Credits.

This course covers financial reporting analysis for security valuation. It discusses the investment environment and the use of financial statements in valuation models, analyzes information contained in the four financial statements and provides guidelines for forecasting future financial statements for valuation. Prerequisites: ACCT 202 and FIN 301.

FIN 340. Corp Structure & Financing. 3 Credits.

A survey of the different types of capital structures and the various ways they are financed. Topics include strategic decisions concerning financial leverage, the corporation's attempts to maximize its value, dividend policies, leasing, raising of debt and equity, refunding operations, investment banking techniques, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy. Prerequisites: BUAN 227 and FIN 308.

FIN 370. Insurance and Risk Management. 3 Credits.

This course examines the many sources of risk faced by individuals and firms and how risk can best be managed. Personal and business insurance are key tools in how we respond to risk. This course begins with the basic principles of risk management and continues by examining the major forms of insurance and risk management programs. Insurance delivery systems and company operations are also surveyed. Other topics covered are legal principles as they relate to insurance, government regulation, and insurance contracts. In this introductory course, students will become familiar with a number of risk management concepts and applications, including life and health plans and personal and commercial policies. Prerequisite: FIN 308.

FIN 375. Assimilating the Internship Experience in Finance. 3 Credits.

In consultation with the faculty advisor, students design and complete an independent project related to their Finance internship. This project aids in assimilating a practical off-campus work experience in business, industry, government or cultural organization with the students' studies and/or career interests. This course is subject to the approval of the Department Chair, Dean, and Internship Coordinator of the School of Business. The student is required to pre-register with the Internship Coordinator and to obtain internship placement prior to the start of the semester. (Free elective).

FIN 380. Applied Portfolio Management. 3 Credits.

This course provides a perspective on the portfolio management process. Students will learn how to apply portfolio theory for the evaluation of performance and learn how to optimally balance risk against performance. Students will apply the concepts examined in class by actively managing a simulated portfolio. Their investment ideas, goals and portfolio performance will be presented to the class in the form of a semester-long project. The course also discusses the investment management industry structure, including organizations, products and policies.Prerequisite: FIN 308.

FIN 402. Seminar in Macroeconomics and Financial Markets. 3 Credits.

Advanced topics in macroeconomics and financial market will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on a theoretical understanding and the applications to forecasting cyclical and dynamic movements in the economy. Prerequisites: ECON 302 and ECON 305 or by permission of Instructor.

FIN 408. Financial Intermediaries. 3 Credits.

This course provides an understanding of the operation of commercial banks, thrifts, insurance companies, investment banks, brokers, investment companies, credit unions and pension funds. Attention will be given to current trends and policy issues in the financial services industry. Prerequisites: FIN 301.

FIN 416. Options and Futures Markets. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the nature and use of derivative securities in general, and options, futures, and swap contracts in particular. Topics include market institutions and trading practices, valuation models, and hedging and risk management techniques. Prerequisites: FIN 308.

FIN 432. Fixed Income Analysis. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to theories, models, and techniques to analyze fixed income securities and prepares students for the fixed income part of the Level I CFA® Exam. This course covers 1) fixed income securities and markets, 2) risk, return, and valuation of fixed income securities, 3) credit analysis, and 4) term structure of interest rates. Prerequisite: FIN 308.

FIN 436. Multinational Finance. 3 Credits.

An exploration and analysis of the behavior of multinational firms. Topics covered include the nature and mechanics of the foreign exchange market, impact and management of foreign exchange risk, foreign project evaluation, direct and portfolio investments, accounting exposures, balance of payments and trade accounts, and the legal and political risks and constraints surrounding multinational corporations. Prerequisite: FIN 301.

FIN 440. Advanced Topic in Finance. 3 Credits.

Select treatment of current topics in finance including financial engineering, behavior of the financial markets, the crises among financial institutions, changing financial environment, and the development of new financial products by non-banks and securities firms. Prerequisites: FIN 308.

FIN 441. Finance Seminar. 3 Credits.

A program of supervised research and reading related to a theme or topic of finance. Open to a limited number of students majoring in economics or finance who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Chair of the Department. Open to economics and finance majors only.

FIN 442. Financial Modeling. 3 Credits.

This course provides an understanding of the statistical analysis and financial modeling in the fields of investment and computational finance. Topics include regression analysis, constrained and unconstrained optimization, Capital Asset Pricing Model, and models assessing efficiency in the foreign exchange market. Prerequisites: FIN 301 and BUAN 227.

FIN 444. Special Topic: in Finance. 3 Credits.

FIN 470. Finance Independent Study. 3 Credits.

A single-semester tutorial course, related to a particular topic of finance, directed by a faculty member from the department. Open to qualified students who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Department Chair and the Dean.

FIN 471. Finance Thesis Project I. 3 Credits.

An in-depth program of research, under the direction of a member of the department (mentor), leading to a comprehensive research proposal which includes a topic, a review of the literature, the research methodology, sources of data and potential results. Open to qualified students who meet the departmental requirements and have the approval of the Department Chair and the Dean.

FIN 472. Finance Thesis Project II. 3 Credits.

An in-depth program of research, under the direction of a member of the department (mentor), leading to a completion of the research project proposed in FIN 471 Thesis Project I. A public defense of the thesis is required. Prerequisite: FIN 471 Thesis Project I.

FIN 475. Assimilating the Internship Experience in Finance. 3 Credits.

This course may be used as a second internship experience and/or with senior status. (Free elective).

FIN 496. Summer Research. 0 Credits.

FIN 499. Seminar in Professional Finance. 3 Credits.

The seminar will serve as a review of the fundamental concepts of economic and financial analysis and how they apply to everyday business decisions and strategies. The course also will serve as a recap of topics from previous course work as general preparation for Part 1 of the CFA exam that students may take at some future point after graduation. Prerequisites: FIN 308 and FIN 340.