The finance area of emphasis has been designed to provide students with in-depth theoretical and applied exposure to the techniques and concepts useful for entry-level positions in various areas of financial management. The principal areas of study include business financial management, investments and derivative securities and financial markets and institutions.

Finance is an applied discipline with an analytical orientation. Courses in finance serve to develop students’ abilities to think logically about financial problems and to formulate sound financial decisions and policies. Although the emphasis is on financial management of for-profit organizations, the principles and concepts developed are also applicable to not-for-profit and governmental organizations.

Students with a finance emphasis must take 18 hours of finance courses beyond the BCOR sequence. Students interested in a finance area of emphasis should plan to take FNCE 2010 during their sophomore year.

You can find academic policies for Leeds School of Business by visiting our Academic Advising academic requirements page:

You can also find the most current Four-Year Plans that outline the required course work for Leeds School of Business Accounting program plus information on the optional Fifth Year Master's Program by visiting our Academic Advising Four-Year Plan's page

Required Courses and Semester Credit Hours

  • FNCE 2010 Fundamentals of Financial Analysis—3 (prereqs., BCOR math and stats courses)
  • FNCE 3010 Corporate Finance—3 (prereqs., BCOR 2001, 2002, 2003, FNCE 2010 minimum grade: C-)
  • FNCE 3030 Investment and Portfolio Management—3 (prereqs., BCOR sequence, FNCE 2010 minimum grade: C-)
  • ACCT 3220 Corporate Financial Reporting I—3 (prereqs., BCOR 2001, 2002, 2003)
  • FNCE 4040 Derivative Securities—3 (prereqs., FNCE 3010 and FNCE 3030)
  • FNCE 4850 Senior Seminar in Finance—3 (prereqs., FNCE 3010 and FNCE 3030)

The required courses represent a minimum requirement for competence in financial analysis and decision-making. Combinations of the upper division elective finance courses allow students to structure their learning in preparation for specific career paths.

  • FNCE 4000 Financial Institutions Management—3 (prereqs., FNCE 3010, FNCE 3030)
  • FNCE 4050 Capital Investment Analysis—3 (prereqs., FNCE 3010)
  • FNCE 4060 London Seminar in International Finance and Business—variable credit (prereqs., BCOR 2001, 2002, 2003)
  • FNCE 4070 Financial Markets and Institutions—3 (prereqs., FNCE 2010)
  • FNCE 4820 Experimental Course—3 (prereqs., as appropriate)
  • FNCE 4820 Special Topics: Fixed Income Securities—3 (prereqs., FNCE 3010, FNCE 3030)
  • FNCE 4826 Experimental Seminar: Corporate Governance—3 (prereqs., FNCE 3010)
  • FNCE 4830 Seminar in Investment Banking—3 (prereqs., FNCE 2010)
  • FNCE 4831 Seminar in Investment Management—3 (prereqs., FNCE 3010, FNCE 3030)
  • APPM 4720 Mathematical Finance—3 (prereqs., FNCE 3010, FNCE 3030)
  • ESBM 4570 Entrepreneurial Finance—3 (prereqs., BCOR sequence)
  • INBU 4200 International Financial Management—3 (prereqs., BCOR 2001, 2002, 2003)
  • REAL 4100 Real Estate Finance and Investment Analysis—3 (prereqs., REAL 3000)

Investment Banking Track – In addition to the required courses, students interested in a career in investment banking should consider taking the following courses:

  • FNCE 4830 Seminar in Investment Banking
  • ACCT 3230 Corporate Financial Reporting 2
  • FNCE 4050 Capital Investment Analysis

Investment Management Track – In addition to the required courses, students interested in a career in investment management should consider taking the following courses:

  • FNCE 4050 Capital Investment Analysis
  • FNCE 4831 Seminar in Investment Management
  • FNCE 4820 Special Topics: Fixed Income Securities

Commercial Banking Track – In addition to the required courses, students interested in a career in commercial banking should consider taking the following courses:

  • FNCE 4000 Financial Institutions Management
  • FNCE 4820 Special Topics: Fixed Income Securities
  • FNCE 4070 Financial Markets and Institutions

Corporate Finance/Consulting Track – In addition to the required courses, students interested in a career in corporation finance should consider taking the following courses:

  • ESBM 4570 Entrepreneurial Finance
  • ACCT 3230 Corporate Financial Reporting 2
  • FNCE 4050 Capital Investment Analysis

Entrepreneurial Finance Track – In addition to the required courses, students interested in a career in entrepreneurial finance should consider taking the following courses:

  • ESBM 4570 Entrepreneurial Finance
  • INBU 4200 International Financial Management
  • FNCE 4826 Experimental Seminar: Corporate Governance

Personal Financial Planning Track (Program begins Fall, 2016) – Upon completion of the PFP track and graduation, graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification exam.

Students enrolled in the Personal Financial Planning (PFP) Track are not required to take FNCE 4040 – Derivative Securities and take FNCE 4840 – Personal Financial Plan Development rather than FNCE 4850 – Senior Seminar.  PFP students must also complete the following four courses to satisfy the requirements for this track:

  • FNCE 2820 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning
  • ACCT 3440 Personal Income Taxation
  • FNCE 3040 Insurance and retirement planning
  • FNCE 3060 Estate Planning

Note:  to elect this track, inform your undergraduate advisor to add the PFP track to your finance emphasis.  For more complete information on this track, click here.