Finance Concentration

Finance is an exciting and rewarding path of study in which students learn about the time value of money and how to make money grow over a period of time for their companies, for themselves, or for their future clients. Students will also learn about investment options and how to evaluate and incorporate risk into financial decisions. These are just a few of the concepts that our Texas A&M University –Texarkana College of Business students in finance have the opportunity to learn and then subsequently return in value to their future clients and customers. The finance concentration offers many career options for students interested in this area. Opportunities include jobs in banking, individual financial management, and industrial financial management, along with many others. These jobs help people and companies manage stock and bond portfolios, whether it’s to save for personal reasons or to grow their business.

Finance Concentration Degree Requirements

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Major Requirements
General Education Requirements42
Business Administration Core Courses
ACCT 325Managerial Accounting3
FIN 354Financial Management3
GBUS 325Business Law3
GBUS 450Business Ethics3
MGT 395Principles of Management3
MGT 439Business Strategy and Policy3
MGT 465Production and Operations Management3
MIS 360Essentials of Management Information Systems3
MKT 363Marketing3
SCM 325Business Statistics3
Finance Concentration18
Cost Accounting
Principles of Investments
International Finance
Intermediate Financial Management
Financial Institutions Management
3 semester credit hour Upper Division Business Elective
Other Requirements-Business Introductory Courses
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II3
BCIS 1305Business Computer Applications3
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics 63
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics 63
MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods3
BBA Secondary Core
FIN 325Money, Banking, and Financial Markets3
GBUS 440International Business3
MGT 321Organizational Behaviors3
MGT 366Topics in Organizational Leadership3
or MGT 446 Entrepreneurship
Minimum Hours for Degree120
6

 Satisfies Core Curriculum

Note: A minimum of 54 upper division hours (300 and 400 level courses) are required for this degree. Resident credit totaling 25% of the hours is required for the degree.  A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in three areas for graduation:  Overall GPA, Institutional GPA, and Major GPA.

Undergraduate Courses in Finance

FIN 325. Money, Banking, and Financial Markets. 3 Hours.

This course is a study of the American banking system, in particular the Federal Reserve System and the tools it uses to control the economy. It is also a study of the theories of fiscal and monetary policy. Prerequisite: ECON 2301 and ECON 2302.

FIN 354. Financial Management. 3 Hours.

The organization, the instruments, and the methods of financing corporations with reference primarily to the effects on the corporation and its stockholders will be covered. Prerequisite: ACCT 2301 and ACCT 2302.

FIN 464. Principles of Investments. 3 Hours.

This is an introduction to the basic principles of investing, which includes the study of the behavior of securities markets mechanics of stock analysis and investing, decision making techniques, and risk. Prerequisite: FIN 325 and FIN 354.

FIN 470. International Finance. 3 Hours.

This course is a study of the institutions and relationships of the international financial system as it relates to the balance of payments, foreign exchange risk, arbitrage, political risk, foreign investment and operations, global banking, and international finance resources. Prerequisite: FIN 325 and FIN 354.

FIN 474. Intermediate Financial Management. 3 Hours.

This is an advanced analysis of the sources and uses of funds by corporations. Emphasis is on security valuation techniques, long-term investment decisions, capital structure decisions, and dividend policy. Prerequisite: FIN 325 and FIN 354.

FIN 484. Financial Institutions Management. 3 Hours.

This course examines the practices and instruments of institutions comprising finance, industry, portfolio investment policies, legal controls, growth developments, and management practices of financial institutions (particularly banks). Prerequisite: FIN 325 and FIN 354.

FIN 489. Individual Study. 3 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

FIN 494. Security Analysis and Portfolio Management. 3 Hours.

This course is an advanced evaluation of investment securities of both private and public institutions through external analysis of financial statements and economic conditions, risk and return analysis, and portfolio selection. Prerequisite: FIN 464.

FIN 496. Financial Derivatives. 3 Hours.

This course will cover a variety of basic finance topics and will apply these topics to health care institutions, primarily hospitals. The course is primarily designed for health care supervision/management personnel with no formal training in finance. Due to the uniqueness of hospitals in regard to payment systems (DRGs), financial statement presentations, etc., students who have already completed a basic finance course would find this course useful.

Faculty

Dr. James Nguyen

Associate Professor

Email: james.nguyen@tamut.edu

Dr. Richard Parsons

Assistant Professor

Email: richard.parsons@tamut.edu