Finance (FIN)

260 Financial Planning (3 - Spring) An introductory course designed to enable the student to consider the factors that must be included in developing an individual financial plan. Emphasis is placed on developing goals and objectives, insurance, investments, taxes, real estate, inflation, retirement planning, and estate planning. Prereq: Sophomore standing.

301 Managerial Finance (3 - Fall & Spring) The domestic and multinational corporation, its operating, legal, and tax environment. Financial analysis, long-term investment decisions, capital structure, management of working capital, sources of long-term financing, and failure. Prereq: ACCT 201-202 and ECON 201-202.

302 Intermediate Managerial Finance (3 - Fall) An advanced course in financial management designed to cover theory and practice of the management of the finance function in corporations. Topics covered include capital budgeting, the theory and practice of capital structure, leasing, capital asset pricing model, long-term financing, expansion and synthetic securities. Prereq: FIN 301.

311 Investment Analysis (3 - Fall) Basic investment concepts, investment theory, fundamental analysis, investment timing stocks, mutual funds, bonds, options, commodities, and real estate. Prereq: FIN 301 or instructor's approval.

313 Analysis of Financial Statements (3) An in-depth study of current financial reporting practices; analysis and interpretation of corporate financial statements, utilizing text, spreadsheets, and selected cases. Accounting majors may not take this course for credit. Prereq: FIN 301.

332 International Finance (3 - Fall) Financing the multinational corporation, hedging arbitrage, foreign exchange, Eurodollar and Euro-bond markets, and banker's acceptances. Short-term money flows and their impact upon interest rates. Devaluation and its impact upon the balance sheet and other topics. Prereq: FIN 301.

341 Financial Markets and Institutions (3 - Spring) A study of the wide range of markets and instruments used to finance projects and control risk in today's global economy. Students are introduced to the operational, regulatory, and transitory characteristics of capital markets and financial institutions. Topics in this application-oriented course include the monetary system, stock, bond, mortgage, futures, and options markets, pension funds, investment firms, commercial banks, credit unions, mutual funds, and insurance companies. Prereq: FIN 301.

351 Commercial Banking (3 - Fall) A comprehensive study of commercial banks and their role in the economy. The course emphasizes the practical application of business and economic principles as they relate to bank management and regulatory policy. Topics covered include banking history and regulation, consumer and commercial credit analysis, asset and liability management, risk management, loan policy, and money management services. Trends such as consolidation, on-line banking, internationalization, and project-line expansion are also addressed. Prereq: FIN 301.

370 Principles of Real Estate (3 - Spring) A survey course in the economic and financial aspects of investing in real estate. Urban economic growth and development, property valuation, mortgage and equity financing, mortgage market operations, portfolio analysis, taxation and investment analysis will be covered. Emphasis of the course is on home ownership and investing in small income-producing properties. Prereq: ECON 202.

415 Options and Futures (3 - Spring) Evolution, operation, and uses of futures and operations markets; analysis of commodity, financial, foreign exchange, and stock index futures and options. Prereq: FIN 311.

461 Seminar in Banking (3 - Spring, Odd Numbered Years) This course serves as the capstone course in banking and provides students with an in-depth look at the current problems encountered by commercial bank managers. International issues, new products and delivery systems, and social concerns as related to commercial banking are also examined. Prereq: FIN 351 or permission of instructor.

471-479 Topics in Finance (3 - Fall & Spring) Selected topics in finance offered on an occasional basis for qualified students. Admission by permission of instructor only.

480 Internships in Finance (3-9 - Fall & Spring) Supervised work experience in business establishments, institutions, or other organizations matched to the student's curriculum. Prereq: Senior standing or the chair's approval.

491-492 Independent Study in Finance (3, 3 - Fall, Spring) Special research projects undertaken individually under the supervision of the faculty. Maximum credit available for independent study courses is six hours. Prereq: Senior standing.

493 Financial Policy Analysis (3 - Fall) A capstone case course in corporate finance which integrates financial management in the decision-making process of the firm. Special topics include working capital, financial structure of the firm, dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and reorganization. Prereq: FIN 301, 302.

710 Corporate Financial Management (3 - Spring) An analysis of the problems associated with the internal financial management of business enterprises through the application of decision-making methods.

711 Investment and Portfolio Management (3 - Summer) An introduction to the theory and practice of security analysis and the management of investment portfolios, with emphasis on investment management by institutional investors. Topics covered include fundamental and technical analysis of common stocks, asset allocation strategies, management of equity and debt portfolios, options, futures, hedging and derivative securities. Prereq: FIN 710.

721 Banking and Financial Services (3 - Spring) An interactive seminar that brings students, faculty, and industry leaders together to study and discuss critical issues facing today's financial services industry. The course will address the full range of financial services including investment and commercial banking, insurance, pension plans, risk management, mutual funds, e-commerce, and personal and business planning. Leadership, customer service, and marketing issues will be discussed. Finally, the course will provide a comprehensive overview of the structure of the financial system, interest rate and business cycle determinants, and international financial markets.

732 International Corporate Finance (3 - Fall) The study of financial management of the international operations of corporations including exchange risk, capital budgeting, political risk, and the management of working capital. Current topics in international finance will also be covered in areas such as hedging, risk management, futures and options.