Finance

Finance

—Career Track for Business Administration

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.

 
 
AACSB Accredited logo

The Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College has taken its place among the most respected university business schools in the world by earning accreditation from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This accreditation helps enable our graduates to get into the best graduate schools in the country.

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.

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.



 

Program 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 66 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

ECO 2207

Principles of Macroeconomics

C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 6 hours
E. Total 124 hours

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

FINANCE ELECTIVES

BUS 1005

Personal Finance

BUS 3160

Marketing Principles

BUS 3320 Applied Statistics of Business and Economics

BUS 3455

Financial Planning and Policy

BUS 3670

Financial Risk Management

BUS 4188

Investments

BUS 4205

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

Accounting

ACC 2111 FOUNDATIONS OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
Four hours. To understand accounting for corporations. Gen Ed: Qn

ACC 2112 FOUNDATIONS OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
Four hours. Prerequisite: ACC 2111. Managerial accounting and analysis. Gen Ed: Qn

Business Administration

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 3160 MARKETING PRINCIPLES
Four hours. Prerequisites: ECO 2205 (Interdisciplinary majors/minors are eligible for prerequisite substitutions or waivers). Marketing principles, functions, organizations, methods, and problems involved in the exchange process known as marketing; a managerial perspective that revolves around the marketing concept and the marketing mix. Gen Ed: Ql

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, multivariable hypothesis testing, regression analysis, time series analysis, forecasting, decision analysis, inventory management, modeling and simulation, and project management. Gen Ed: Qn

BUS 3453 MANAGERIAL FINANCE
Four hours. Prerequisites: 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 3455 FINANCIAL PLANNING AND POLICY
Four hours. Prerequisites: BUS 3453. 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 3670 FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisites: 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.

For a complete list of BUS courses, see Business Administration  

BUS 4188 INVESTMENTS
Four hours. Prerequisites: BUS 3453. Emphasis from standpoint of individual investor in corporate and government securities; investment objectives; appraisal of investment risks; valuation of securities; portfolio management.

BUS 4205 SPREADSHEET MODELING AND QUANTITATIVE BUSINESS DECISIONS
Four hours. Prerequisites: 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. Prerequisites: BUS 3125 and ACC 2112. 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. 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

BUS 4960/4961 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP
Two to four hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing; permission of the instructor; minimum 2.5 GPA. Correlating theory and practice in an operational setting, supervision by cooperating practitioners and faculty in approved areas of application.

Economics

ECO 2205 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
Four hours. Consumer behavior and aggregation to markets, Producer behavior, theory of the firm, and aggregation to markets analysis: production and pricing of goods, factors of production and their attendant input markets and distribution of output, elasticities and incidence of a tax.

ECO 2207 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
Four hours. National income and product accounts; theory of aggregate supply and demand, employment, consumption, investment, price level, economic growth, money, currency exchange, the Federal Reserve, interest rates, and comparative economic systems.