Department of Finance
College of Business
Chair: William A. Christiansen; Professors: Ang, Cheng, Clark, Humphrey, Da. Peterson; Associate Professors: Autore, Christiansen, Hutton, Jiang, Knill, Perfect; Assistant Professors: Liu, Sun; Senior Lecturer in Finance: G. Bliss, G. Smith; Assistant Lecturers in Finance: Gunter, Mahon, De. Peterson, D. Smith; Fannie Wilson Smith Eminent Scholar in Banking: Humphrey; Patty Hill Smith Eminent Scholar in Finance: Cheng; Bank of America Eminent Scholar in Finance: Ang; Wells Fargo Professor of Finance: Da. Peterson; BB&T Professor in Finance: Christiansen; SunTrust Professor in Finance: Jiang; Gene Taylor Bank of America Professors in Finance: Hutton, Knill; Dean L. Cash Professor in Finance: Autore
Finance is considered one of the basic functions of our private enterprise system. Finance can be defined as the art and science of managing money. Each of the many firms, businesses, institutions, and governmental agencies in our economic system has the problems of obtaining, administering, and managing its funds efficiently and wisely. Nearly every decision made by an organization has important financial implications. Thus, the finance student is introduced to and studies the theory, concepts, applications, institutional environment, and analytical tools essential for proper decision making. Finance is designed as preparation for a broad variety of careers, since all organizations need individuals knowledgeable about finance. Careers may be in financial management and analysis, banking, financial institutions, financial markets, investments, portfolio analysis and management, financial planning, and multinational finance. Finance is also considered good preparation for graduate study in law or business.
Computer Skills Competency
All undergraduates at Florida State University must demonstrate basic computer skills competency prior to graduation. As necessary computer competency skills vary from discipline to discipline, each major determines the courses needed to satisfy this requirement. Undergraduate majors in finance satisfy this requirement by earning a grade of "C–" or higher in CGS 2100 (state mandated business prerequisite requirement) or CGS 2518.
Note: CGS 2518 with a grade of "C–" or better is required for students in the Finance major and is a prerequisite to all 4000-level courses offered in the Finance Department.
Required Risk in Business and Society Course
All undergraduates at Florida State University intending to enter a business major must complete RMI 2302, Risk in Business and Society, with a "C–" or better by the end of their sophomore year. Transfer students will be required to complete this course in their first semester at FSU.
State of Florida Common Program Prerequisites
The state of Florida has identified common program prerequisites for this University degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed by the student at either a community college or a state university prior to being admitted to this program. Students may be admitted into the University without completing the prerequisites, but may not be admitted into the program.
At the time this document was published, some common program prerequisites were being reviewed by the state of Florida and may have been revised. Please visit https://dlss.flvc.org/admin-tools/common-prerequisites-manuals for a current list of state-approved prerequisites.
The following lists the common program prerequisites or their substitutions, necessary for admission into this upper-division degree program:
- ACG X021 or ACG X022, or ACG X001 and ACG X011
- ACG X071 or ACG X301
- CGS X100 (or demonstrated competency) or CGS X100C or CGS X530 or CGS X570 or CGS X060 or CGS X531 or CGS X000 or ISM X000 or CGS X518
- ECO X013
- ECO X023
- MAC X233 or MAC X230
- STA X023 or STA X122 or QMB X100
Requirements for the Finance Program
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in finance must complete a minimum of one hundred twenty semester hours. Normally, four semesters of work are devoted to the Liberal Studies for the 21st Century Program and additional foundation courses in mathematics, economics, and statistics. The finance major must complete the business common body of knowledge, which includes work in accounting, quantitative methods, management, business law, marketing, computer science, business communications, and basic finance. The finance major requirements consist of an additional eighteen semester hours of work in advanced finance and accounting courses.
Requirements for a Major in Finance
All students must complete the following: (1) the University-wide baccalaureate degree requirements summarized in the "Undergraduate Degree Requirements" chapter of this General Bulletin; (2) the state of Florida common program prerequisites for finance majors; (3) the general business core requirements for finance majors; (4) the general business breadth requirements for finance majors; and (5) the major area requirements for finance majors.
Note: To be eligible to pursue finance major, students must meet the admission requirements for the AACSB accredited business programs in the College of Business. These admission requirements are described in the "College of Business" chapter of this General Bulletin.
General Business Core Requirements for Finance Majors
All finance majors must complete the following six courses. A grade of "C–" or better must be earned in each course.*
BUL 3310 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3)
*†FIN 3403 Financial Management of the Firm (3)
GEB 3213 Business Communications (3)
ISM 3541 Introduction to Business Analytics (3)
MAN 3240 Organizational Behavior (3)
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing Concepts (3)
General Business Breadth Requirements for Finance Majors
All finance majors must complete the two courses as follows. Each course must be completed with a grade of "C–" or better.
FIN 3244 Financial Markets, Institutions, and International Finance Systems (3)
QMB 3200 Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions (3)
All finance majors must complete the capstone class in Competitive Dynamics (MAN 4752).
Major Area Requirements for Finance Majors
*All finance majors must complete six courses (eighteen semester hours) as listed below. A grade of "B–" or better must be earned in FIN 3403 and a grade of "C–" or better must be earned in CGS 2518 to be eligible to enroll in any 4000-level course offered by the Finance Department. A grade of "C–" or better must be earned in FIN 4424, FIN 4504, and the two additional finance electives used to satisfy the finance major area requirements. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be earned in the courses used to satisfy the finance major area requirements.
†Finance majors cannot repeat FIN 3403 more than three times. Non-finance majors are not subject to this repeat policy.
ACG 3171 Analysis of Financial Statement Presentation (3)
Note: The two course sequence, ACG 3101 (Financial Accounting and Reporting I) and ACG 3111 (Financial Accounting and Reporting II), may be substituted for ACG 3171.
ACG 3331 Cost Accounting and Analysis for Business Decisions (3)
Note: ACG 3341 (Cost Accounting I) may be substituted for ACG 3331.
FIN 4424 Problems in Financial Management (3)
FIN 4504 Investments (3)
Plus two electives from the following list of courses:
FIN 4324 Commercial Bank Administration (3)
FIN 4412 Short-Term Financial Management (3)
FIN 4453 Financial Modeling and Forecasting (3)
FIN 4514 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (3)
FIN 4604 Multinational Financial Management (3)
FIN 4934r Senior Seminar in Finance (3)
GEB 4455 Perspectives on Free Enterprise (3)
*REE 4204 Real Estate Finance (3) or
*REE 4313 Real Estate Investment (3)
*Students may count only one of these REE courses as a Finance major elective.
Honors in the Major
The Department of Finance offers honors in the major to encourage talented students to undertake independent and original research as part of the undergraduate experience. For requirements and other information see the "University Honors Office and Honor Societies" chapter of this General Bulletin.
Definition of Prefixes
ECP—Economic Problems and Policy
QMB—Quantitative Methods in Business
FIN 3140. Personal Finance (3). This course is a study of the concepts and processes in planning, analyzing, and controlling personal financial resources. Emphasizes financial planning, cash and credit management, managing expenditures, income and asset protection, investment planning, and retirement and estate planning. For nonbusiness majors only. Credit not allowed for business majors.
FIN 3244. Financial Markets, Institutions, and International Finance Systems (3). Prerequisites: ACG 2021 and ECO 2013. This course focuses on money and capital markets, financial institutions, financial systems, and financial environment including an introduction to investments. Emphasizes the microfinancial decision-making process of the business firm.
FIN 3403. Financial Management of the Firm (3). Prerequisites: ACG 2021 and ECO 2023. This course is an examination of the basic concepts involved in the investment, financing, and dividend decisions of the business firm. Managerial orientation with emphasis on identification, analysis, and solution of financial problems confronting the firm.
FIN 4324. Commercial Bank Administration (3). Prerequisites: CGS 2518, FIN 3244 and FIN 3403 with a grade of "B–" or better. This course is a study of the operations and administration of commercial banks and their role in the money and capital markets. Examines banking regulation, the lending function, investments, and the financial decision-making process.
FIN 4412. Short-Term Financial Management (3). Prerequisites: CGS 2518, FIN 3244 and FIN 3403 with a grade of "B–" or better. This course focuses on the decisions impacting the short-term cash flows of organizations—public, private, governmental, and non-profit. Topics include: cash management, treasury management, and working capital management.
FIN 4424. Problems in Financial Management (3). Prerequisites: CGS 2518, FIN 3244 and FIN 3403 with a grade of "B–" or better. This course is an advanced study of financial management that relates the underlying principles of finance to the decision-making perspective of the financial manager. Selected topics include cash budgeting, working capital management, capital budgeting, risk analysis, valuation, long- and short-term financing, dividend decision, and financial forecasting. Case analyses are included.
FIN 4453. Financial Modeling and Forecasting (3). Prerequisites: CGS 2518 and FIN 3403 with a grade of "B–" or better and QMB 3200. This course is an introduction to financial modeling and forecasting. Emphasis is on computer models and forecasting financial variables.
FIN 4504. Investments (3). Prerequisites: CGS 2518, FIN 3244, and FIN 3403 with a grade of "B-" or better. This course is an introduction to investment/security analysis. Includes an examination of investment instruments, the investment environment, the concept of risk-return, and the interactive forces between the economy, industries, and individual firms.
FIN 4514. Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (3). Prerequisites: CGS 2518 and FIN 4504. This course is an advanced and comprehensive coverage of investment topics including bond analysis, stock options, interest rate futures, options on futures contracts, portfolio analysis and management, and security market efficiency.
FIN 4604. Multinational Financial Management (3). Prerequisites: CGS 2518, FIN 3244, and FIN 3403 with a grade of "B-" or better. This course introduces the environment of international capital and foreign exchange markets and examines the effects of the international business environment on risk, capital budgeting, working capital management, and capital structure decisions of the firm.
FIN 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). This course permits study or exploration into a specialized topic of finance that is not included in one of the other finance courses. It also permits advanced and extensive study of finance topics beyond that included in the other finance courses. The study is conducted with the direct supervision of an individual faculty member. This course may not be used as one of the two required finance electives detailed in the major requirements. May be repeated to a maximum of five times with the requirement that the topic changes each time. Consent of the department chairperson is required.
FIN 4934r. Senior Seminar in Finance (3). Prerequisites: CGS 2518, FIN 3244, and FIN 3403 with a grade of "B-" or better. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours as topics vary. Additional prerequisites may be required depending on the topic.
FIN 4941. Finance Internship (3). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Instructor permission. This internship is designed for College of Business students who desire to gain real world experience in the finance field through on-the-job practice. Students work under the direction of an approved industry professional, a faculty advisor, and the internship director.
FIN 4970r. Honors Thesis (1–6). Prerequisite: Admission to the honors program. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours. Six semester hours of thesis are required to complete honors in the major.
GEB 4455. Perspectives on Free Enterprise (3). Prerequisites: FIN 3244 and FIN 3403. This course is an examination of the free enterprise system and the associated economic schools of thought. Sponsored by the BB&T Center for Free Enterprise.
ISM 3541. Introduction to Business Analytics (3). This is an introductory course intended to familiarize students with basic business analytics concepts and applications. It will cover the principles of data analytic thinking and provide a solid foundation for data driven decision making in various business and organizational settings. The course will place special emphasis on working through applications and examples of analytics in the real world.
QMB 3200. Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions (3). Prerequisites: CGS 2100 and STA 2023. This course examines classical and modern decision-making techniques based on probabilistic concepts. Emphasizes applications to all areas of business.
ECP 5706. Economic Analysis for Management (3).
FIN 5108. Fundamentals of Personal Finance (3).
FIN 5306. Investment Banking (3).
FIN 5317. Financial Institutions and Risk Management (3).
FIN 5425. Problems in Financial Management (3).
FIN 5515. Investment Management and Analysis (3).
FIN 5537. Financial Derivatives and Risk Management (3).
FIN 5605. Multinational Financial Management (3).
FIN 5840. Applied Econometrics in Finance (3).
FIN 5906r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only.)
FIN 5907r. Special Studies in Management (1–3).
FIN 5917r. Supervised Research (1–3). (S/U grade only.)
FIN 5935r. Seminar on Current Topics in Finance (3).
FIN 5946r. Supervised Teaching (1–3). (S/U grade only.)
FIN 6449. Seminar in Finance (1–3).
FIN 6527. Seminar in Finance – Investments (3).
FIN 6709. Seminar in Finance (1–3).
FIN 6804. Foundations of Financial Theory (3).
FIN 6842. Research Methods in Finance (3).
FIN 6917r. Supervised Research (1–3). (S/U grade only.)
FIN 6946r. Supervised Teaching (1–3). (S/U grade only.)
GEB 5907r. Special Studies in Business (1–3).
MAN 5716. Business Conditions Analysis (3).
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