Finance, BSBA

Overview

The BSBA in Finance requires completion of a minimum of 21 credit hours in finance. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in the Finance major and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 overall must be maintained to graduate. Students may choose to specialize in one of five (5) concentration areas: Investments, Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions, FinTech or Financial Planning.

Choosing a concentration is optional.

Degree Requirements

Students can earn a bachelor of science in business administration with this major. See the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

Required Courses (4 courses, 12 credits)

FIN-311Intermediate Finance

3

FIN-315Principles of Investments

3

FIN-417Multinational Financial Management

3

FIN-419Problems of Managerial Finance

3

Elective Courses (3 courses, 9 credits)

Choose three (3) from the following:

FIN-313General Insurance

3

FIN-317Real Estate Finance

3

FIN-319Money and Capital Markets

3

FIN-330Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-H330Honors Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-350Venture Capital and Private Equity

3

FIN-401Practical Financial Planning

3

FIN-408Fixed Income Securities Analysis

3

FIN-409Securities Analysis

3

FIN-410Analysis of Financial Statements

3

FIN-411Futures and Options

3

FIN-413Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

3

FIN-415Capital Budgeting

3

FIN-422Estate Planning

3

FIN-423Retirement Planning

3

FIN-424Retirement & Estate Planning

3

FIN-430Advanced FinTech Modeling

3

FIN-432Risk Management and Financial Institutions

3

FIN-H435Honors The Global Financial Crisis: Causes, Economics, and Solutions

3

FIN-H445Honors Quantitative Analysis and Trading of Financial Instruments

3

FIN-450Mutual Funds

3

FIN-475Case Studies in Financial Planning

3

FIN-510Independent Study in Finance

1-6

FIN-530Experiential Financial Analysis

3

FIN-540Finance Internship Independent Study

3

Required Experiential Component

Finance majors must complete 160 hours of pre-professional finance experience prior to graduating. Experience may be acquired through an internship, part- or full-time employment, or cooperative education. Students must be approved to register for the FIN-560 Finance Practicum requirement, during or immediately prior to the semester in which they complete the required 160 hours. The experiential component carries no academic credit, nor requires any tuition, and will be graded pass/fail. Approval of this experience must be obtained from the Finance Department.

FIN-530Experiential Financial Analysis

3

FIN-540Finance Internship Independent Study

3

FIN-560Finance Practicum

0

Concentrations

Finance majors may choose to specialize in one of five (5) areas. All majors complete the four (4) required core courses (FIN-311, FIN-315, FIN-417 and FIN-419) as well as the required Finance Practicum, FIN-560. In addition to these requirements, Finance majors who choose to specialize with a concentration follow the instructions for their area of interest below.

Investments (3 Courses, 9 Credits)

Required Courses:

Students must take the following course: 
FIN-411Futures and Options

3

Students are required to choose one (1) course from the list below:
FIN-409Securities Analysis

3

FIN-413Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

3

Choose one (1):

FIN-317Real Estate Finance

3

FIN-319Money and Capital Markets

3

FIN-330Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-H330Honors Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-350Venture Capital and Private Equity

3

FIN-408Fixed Income Securities Analysis

3

FIN-409Securities Analysis

3

FIN-410Analysis of Financial Statements

3

FIN-413Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

3

FIN-430Advanced FinTech Modeling

3

FIN-H445Honors Quantitative Analysis and Trading of Financial Instruments

3

FIN-450Mutual Funds

3

Each course may count only once towards the Investments Concentration requirements. Students may not double-count a course from the required course list and the elective course list in both places in their program.  

Corporate Finance (3 Courses, 9 Credits)

Required Courses:

FIN-410Analysis of Financial Statements

3

FIN-415Capital Budgeting

3

Choose one (1):

FIN-317Real Estate Finance

3

FIN-330Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-H330Honors Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-350Venture Capital and Private Equity

3

FIN-411Futures and Options

3

FIN-430Advanced FinTech Modeling

3

Financial Institutions (3 Courses, 9 Credits)

Required Courses:

FIN-319Money and Capital Markets

3

FIN-432Risk Management and Financial Institutions

3

Choose one (1):

FIN-313General Insurance

3

FIN-330Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-H330Honors Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-350Venture Capital and Private Equity

3

FIN-430Advanced FinTech Modeling

3

FIN-450Mutual Funds

3

FinTech (4 Courses, 12 Credits)

Required Courses:

ISOM-231Automatic for the People: Turn Data Into Insight/W R~python

3

FIN-330Introduction to FinTech

3

FIN-430Advanced FinTech Modeling

3

Students may substitute FIN-H330 in place of FIN-330

Choose one (1):

FIN-350Venture Capital and Private Equity

3

FIN-432Risk Management and Financial Institutions

3

FIN-H445Honors Quantitative Analysis and Trading of Financial Instruments

3

FIN-530Experiential Financial Analysis

3

FIN-540Finance Internship Independent Study

3

ISOM-215Mobile App Development

3

ISOM-240Data Privacy and Compliance

3

ISOM-313Business Systems Development

3

ISOM-340Cybersecurity Fundamentals

3

Financial Planning (5 Courses, 15 Credits)

Financial Planning (FP) offers a valuable opportunity for students to pursue a career in financial planning. Financial planners analyze and provide advice on all areas of a person’s financial life: investment management, retirement planning, estate planning, income tax management and insurance. In most cases, financial planners’ analyses and recommendations are provided to clients in a written financial plan. The planner may then coordinate the implementation of the plan and periodically review it to account for changes in the client’s life and current economic conditions.

Finance majors who choose to specialize in Financial Planning complete all five (5) of the following requirements:

ACCT-320Federal Taxation

3

FIN-313General Insurance

3

FIN-401Practical Financial Planning

3

FIN-424Retirement & Estate Planning

3

FIN-475Case Studies in Financial Planning

3

This program was approved by the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board. Upon completion of the program, students are entitled to take the CFP exam administered by the CFP Board, which is an integral part of the prestigious CFP certification process.

More information about the CFP exam is available.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will… Upon completion of the program, each student should be able to...
Understand ethical aspects of decision making in a finance context. - Understand basic structure of ethical arguments (Utilitarian, Economic, Legal, Kantian) and the relation to financial decisions.
- Identify conflicts of interests and pressures that could lead to unethical financial conduct.
- Understand what kinds of questions are helpful to ask oneself when confronting a financial ethical dilemma.
- Understand that what is legal may not always be ethical and that what is ethical may sometimes not be legal.
- Appreciate that ethical norms vary across different countries and cultures.
- Demonstrate overall awareness of ethical issues as they relate to business practices.
Demonstrate global awareness of financial issues. - Articulate fundamental challenges in global business or investment.
- Understand the difference in approach to purely domestic vs. global business or investment.
- Incorporate risk analysis into global business or investment decisions.
- Understand the expected consequences of the suggested solution in a global environment.
- Demonstrate overall global competency.
Exhibit an ability to apply finance concepts to financial management problems. - Identify the current problem.
- Correctly determine the necessary technical skills for problem-solving.
- Correctly perform the technical skills in problem-solving.
- Understand how to interpret the results.
- Demonstrate overall technical efficiency in problem solving.