Our career track in finance allows you to focus on how individuals and businesses make financial decisions and manage money.

Jobs in finance demand attention to detail and the ability to see the big picture, and at FSC, we’ll help you develop both. With these skills, you’ll be well prepared for jobs in commercial banking, financial planning, stock brokerage, and the insurance industry.

Special Features

  • In addition to gaining an extensive background in business administration, you’ll also take specialized finance courses such as Financial Risk Management, Investments, and International Financial Management.
  • Our May Option trips study corporations in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, expanding your worldview and your ability to recognize business opportunities here and abroad.
  • We offer study-abroad programs all over the world that last a summer, a semester, or a year.
  • Junior Journey trips to the New York Stock Exchange, the London Stock Exchange, and the Chicago Board of Trade provide a real-world, hands-on experience in the exciting world of finance.
  • Intern with local, national, and international companies and financial institutions.

Course Information

Your finance courses will teach you the ins and outs of money, credit cards, stocks, and bonds. You’ll study financial markets as well as commercial and investment banking. You'll learn investing and risk management. Most importantly, you’ll gain the global perspective necessary to understand modern finance.

Related Majors

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

Because almost all businesses need someone with specialized financial knowledge, you’ll have plenty of options—and monetary rewards for finance students are among the highest in business. FSC graduates work in corporate finance, financial planning, investment banking, insurance, and real estate. Others have started their own consulting firms or financial planning agencies.

You’ll also be prepared for professional certification program exams in Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Financial Planner, and the General Securities Representative.

MBA Information Session

Thursday, April 24, 6:00 PM

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Andrea Merritt
863.680.4280
amerritt@flsouthern.edu

 

Degree Requirements

Business Administration Major Requirements

In keeping with FSC's mission to prepare students to make positive and important contributions to society, you will benefit from core courses along with your finance and business course work.

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 74 hours

ACC 2111

Foundations of Financial Accounting

ACC 2112

Foundations of Managerial Accounting

BUS 1115

Business and Society

BUS 2217

Principles of Management

BUS 3125

International Business Environment

BUS 3160

Marketing Principles

BUS 3311

Legal Environment of Business

BUS/ECO 3320

Applied Statistics of Business and Economics

BUS 3453

Managerial Finance

BUS 3705

Business Information Systems

BUS 4999

Seminar in Strategic Management of the Business Enterprise

ECO 2205

Principles of Microeconomics

ECO2207

Principles of Macroeconomics

C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 2 hours
E. Total 128 hours

For a complete listing of requirements, please refer to the
Academic Catalog  

FINANCE ELECTIVES

BUS 1005

Personal Finance

BUS 3255

Financial Planning and Policy

BUS 3320 Applied Statistics of Business and Economics

BUS 3160

Marketing Principles

BUS 3670

Financial Risk Management

BUS 4188

Investments

BUS 4208

Spreadsheet Modeling and Quantitative Business Decisions

BUS 4255

International Financial Management

BUS 4430 Business Ethics, Communication, and Risk Management
BUS 4960/4961 Business Administration Internship

3-Year Fast Track

3-Year Fast Track

You can earn your business degree in three years. View the 3-Year Fast Track Plan for a B.S. in business  


 

Course Descriptions

BUS 1005 PERSONAL FINANCE
Four hours. An overview of personal and family financial planning with an emphasis on financial record-keeping, spending, budgeting, tax planning, consumer credit, buying decisions, purchasing insurance, selecting investments, and retirement and estate planning.

BUS 3255 FINANCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY
Four hours. Prerequisites: ACC 2111 and ECO 2205 and ECO 2207. Study and analysis of the financial planning process including client interactions, assessment of investor risk profiles, construction of comprehensive personal financial statements and financial plans, ethics and responsibilities of professional financial planners, and the regulation of the financial services industry.

BUS 3320 APPLIED STATISTICS OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
Four hours. Same as ECO 3320. Prerequisite: MAT 2022 or its equivalent or permission of the instructor. Mathematical statistical tools for managerial analysis, research, and decision making. Data collection and presentation, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, time series analysis and forecasting. Gen Ed: Qn

BUS 3453 MANAGERIAL FINANCE
Four hours. Prerequisites: ACC 2111 and ACC 2112 and ECO 2205 and ECO 2207. Planning and controlling sources and uses of a firm’s funds. Includes capital budgeting, dividend policies, determination of optimal capital structure, and internal vs. external financing of expansion.

BUS 3670 FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisites: ACC 2111 and ACC 2112 and ECO 2205 and ECO 2207. This course presents the fundamentals of financial risk management. It provides a realistic and conceptually motivated overview of risk management for global corporations. Techniques to identify, measure and manage financial risk including use of futures, options, swaps, real options, financial engineering, value-at-risk and other risk measures are studied and applied.

BUS 4188 INVESTMENTS
Four hours. Prerequisites: ECO 2205 and ECO 2207. Emphasis from standpoint of individual investor in corporate and government securities; investment objectives; appraisal of investment risks; valuation of securities; portfolio management.

For a complete list of BUS courses, see Business Administration  

BUS 4205 SPREADSHEET MODELING AND QUANTITATIVE BUSINESS DECISIONS
Four hours. Prerequisites: ACC 2111 and ACC 2112 and ECO 2205 and ECO 2207 and BUS/ECO 3320 and BUS 3453. The course provides a complete and modern treatment of management science methodology and the use of spreadsheet applications. Topics include decision theory, linear programming, network analysis, transpiration & assignment, PERT/CPM, forecasting, inventory control and queuing theory.

BUS 4255 INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Examination of the international financial environment of business. Emphasis is on the financial decision making process relating to foreign exchange risk management, hedging, arbitrage, currency futures and option markets, management of foreign investments, country risk analysis, international sources of financing and international money and capital markets.

BUS 4430 BUSINESS ETHICS, COMMUNICATION, AND RISK MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisites: Junior standing, and BUS 2217 and 3311 or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course integrates legal research, writing, and document creation with business ethics. It is designed to prepare business students to effectively address and avert the legal and ethical challenges they will face in day-to-day business operations. Gen Ed: MV, Ql, Qn, EC-C

BUS 4960/4961 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP
Four hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing; permission of the instructor; BUS 3312, BUS 3115, and BUS/ECO 3320. Correlating theory and business practices in two operational settings; supervision by cooperating practitioners and faculty in several areas of application.