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
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|General Education Requirements||42|
|Business Administration Core Courses|
|ACCT 325||Managerial Accounting||3|
|FIN 354||Financial Management||3|
|GBUS 325||Business Law||3|
|GBUS 450||Business Ethics||3|
|MGT 395||Principles of Management||3|
|MGT 439||Business Strategy and Policy||3|
|MGT 465||Production and Operations Management||3|
|MIS 360||Essentials of Management Information Systems||3|
|SCM 325||Business Statistics||3|
|Principles of Investments|
|Intermediate Financial Management|
|Financial Institutions Management|
3 semester credit hour Upper Division Business Elective
|Other Requirements-Business Introductory Courses|
|ACCT 2301||Principles of Accounting I||3|
|ACCT 2302||Principles of Accounting II||3|
|BCIS 1305||Business Computer Applications||3|
|ECON 2301||Principles of Macroeconomics 6||3|
|ECON 2302||Principles of Microeconomics 6||3|
|MATH 1342||Elementary Statistical Methods||3|
|BBA Secondary Core|
|FIN 325||Money, Banking, and Financial Markets||3|
|GBUS 440||International Business||3|
|MGT 321||Organizational Behaviors||3|
|MGT 366||Topics in Organizational Leadership||3|
|or MGT 446||Entrepreneurship|
|Minimum Hours for Degree||120|
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.