2006 - 2007 Finance

Program Requirements | Bachelor of Science | Bachelor of Arts | Plan of Study | Course Descriptions

Program Director: Rob Patterson
Faculty: Gaylen Bunker, Rich Collins, Ryan Hessenthaler, Lauren Lo Re, Rob Patterson

Students can choose either the Bachelor of Science in Finance, or the Bachelor of Arts in Finance. All students completing undergraduate programs in the Finance Program meet educational requirements for the Accelerated MBA Program for Westminster Graduates.

Program Goals

The Finance Program offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree that will prepare students for career options in corporate finance, international finance, new venture financing, investments, banking, consulting, or business financial planning. The theoretical and practical aspects of finance are integrated to provide students with critical thinking skills and analytical tools as a foundation for life-long learning. Students completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance should:

Program Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the major in Finance, students must complete the courses outlined below and maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in all coursework required by the program.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Bachelor of Science in Finance

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Undergraduate Business Core

50

Please refer to the Undergraduate Business Core page for requirements.

II.

Major Requirements

24

The following courses are required for Finance Majors (12 credits):

FINC 305 Investment and Analysis (4)
FINC 309 Concepts and Apps. of Corp Finance (4)
FINC 495 Strategic Financial Mgmt & Entrepreneurship (4)

Students can elect to take between 8-12 credits from the following electives:

FINC 310 Financial Institutions and Industrial Banking (4)
FINC 320 Financial Derivatives (4)
FINC 405 Investment Strategies and Applications (4)
FINC 435 International Finance (4)
FINC 493 Business Forecasting (4)
FINC Any upper division course approved by advisor (4)
ECON 303 Money and Banking (4)
ECON 499 Econometrics (4)

Students can also choose up to four hours as electives from the following:

FINC 315 Personal Financial Planning & Insurance (4)
FINC 316 Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits (4)
FINC 317 Securities Regulations and Trading (4)


III.

Practice/Experience Courses

2 - 4

FINC 440* Internship
or
FINC 441* Finance Practicum
or
FINC 442* Professional Portfolio

*Note to transfers: all internships (440) must be taken at upper division level. For transfer of credit for 441 or 442, please see the Practice Experience Coordinator.

2 - 4

4

2




TOTAL HOURS FOR B.S. FINANCE PROGRAM

76 - 78

Note: All students must complete 124 hours of coursework to graduate, 40 hours of which must be upper division (300 level or above). Students may need to take other courses to complete the college hours requirement.

Bachelor of Arts in Finance

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I. Bachelor of Arts Requirements
12

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts option (B.A.) must complete either:

a. A declared academic minor other than the Business Minor;
b. Twelve credit hours of foreign language in one of the following ways:
  • Eight credit hours of a foreign language, and either: four credit hours of a Westminster May term/summer international study tour, or four credits of an international study tour transferred from an accredited college or university.
  • Twelve credit hours of a single foreign language.

See Foreign Language Requirement for equivalencies, AP and CLEP credit policy.

II.

Undergraduate Business Core

50

Please refer to the Undergraduate Business Core information.

III.

Major Requirements

20

The following courses are required for Finance Majors (12 credits):

FINC 305 Investment and Analysis (4)
FINC 309 Concepts and Apps. of Corp Finance (4)
FINC 495 Strategic Financial Mgmt & Entrepreneurship (4)

Students can elect to take between 4-8 credits from the following electives:

FINC 310 Financial Institutions and Industrial Banking (4)
FINC 320 Financial Derivatives (4)
FINC 405 Investment Strategies and Applications (4)
FINC 435 International Finance (4)
FINC 493 Business Forecasting (4)
FINC Any upper division course approved by advisor (4)
ECON 303 Money and Banking (4)
ECON 499 Econometrics (4)

Students can also choose up to four hours as electives from the following:

FINC 315 Personal Financial Planning & Insurance (4)
FINC 316 Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits (4)
FINC 317 Securities Regulations and Trading (4)


IV.

Practice/Experience Courses

2 - 4

FINC 440* Internship
or
FINC 441* Finance Practicum
or
FINC 442* Professional Portfolio

*Note to transfers: all internships (440) must be taken at upper division level. For transfer of credit for 441 or 442, please see the Practice Experience Coordinator.

2 - 4

4

2




TOTAL HOURS FOR B.A. FINANCE PROGRAM

84 - 86

Note: All students must complete 124 hours of coursework to graduate, 40 hours of which must be upper division (300 level or above). Students may need to take other courses to complete the college hours requirement.

Recommended Plan of Study for Finance

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ECON 253 Language II (B.A.)
Language I (B.A.) MATH 150
MATH 141

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ACCT 213 FINC 300
ECON 263 IRM 200
Language III (B.A.) MGMT 230
MGMT 305 PHIL 206

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

FINC 305 FINC 309
MGMT 325 FINC Elective
MKTG 300

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

FINC Elective FINC 495
FINC Elective (B.S.) MGMT 475
FINC 440/441/442