Finance

Joel Goldstein, Co-Chair
goldsteinj@wcsu.edu
Westside Classroom Building 384, Westside Campus
(203) 837-9341
(203) 837- 8527 (fax)

Annie Wong, Co-Chair
wonga@wcsu.edu
Westside Classroom Building 141, Westside Campus
(203) 837-8577
(203) 837- 8527 (fax)

Merisa Williams, Department Secretary
williamsm@wcsu.edu
Westside Classroom Building 401, Westside Campus
(203) 837-8342
(203) 837- 8527 (fax)

Faculty

J. Goldstein, Co-Chair A. Wong, Co-Chair

B. Collins

C. Huang H. Namiot  

Overview

  The finance curriculum is designed to provide students with the theoretical background and practical skills for pursuing a career in financial investments and markets, financial management, or international finance.

   Finance courses offer the student an opportunity to analyze financial problems, learn the tools of financial decision-making, and utilize a sound methodology in the resolution of the problems confronting business, industry and nonprofit organizations today.

   The teaching emphasis is analytical; utilizing cases, model building and computer simulation, combined with the lecture method.

Mission

  The finance department is dedicated to the principles of quality teaching and the practice of scholastic excellence. Consistent with the school and university mission, the department is committed to providing finance students with the theoretical background and practical skills for pursuing a career in financial investments and markets, financial management or international finance. It is also committed to providing all business students with the statistical and computer knowledge necessary to make data-based decisions across all functional areas of business. To meet these ends, the department prepares students through development of the critical thinking, analytical, quantitative, statistical, communication and computer skills necessary for financial planning, analysis and control, for the management of constantly changing and complex forms of financial risk, and for decision making in a business environment.

Bachelor of Business Administration In Finance (B.B.A.)

Requirements:

  • Completion of all general education requirements (see departmental program sheet for specific requirements).
  • Completion of the business core courses as listed under the Ancell School of Business.

Finance Requirements:

    FIN 320 Financial Management
    FIN 330 Financial Decision Models
    FIN 340 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
    FIN/ECO 360 Money, Banking, and Capital Markets
    FIN 370 Financial Institution Concepts
    FIN 490 Cases in Managerial Finance

In addition to the courses listed above, a finance student must select either the financial investments and markets option or the financial management option by taking an additional nine credit hours of courses listed below:

Course Restrictions

  For a complete list of prerequisites, corequisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog.

Financial Investments and Markets Option

  Students who choose the financial investments and markets option will be exposed to the latest advances in the area of the pricing of financial securities and international finance and the management of constantly changing and complex forms of financial risk. Graduates of this track can pursue careers as investment analysts, securities traders, investment bankers, and in any of a host of careers that require analytical ability and the commitment to solving unique and challenging financial problems.

   FIN 316 Quantitative Methods in Finance or FIN 317 Fixed Income Securities
   FIN 486 Financial Engineering
   FIN/ECO 488 Multinational Financial Issues

Financial Management Option

  Students who choose the financial management option will have the opportunity to acquire skills in the areas of financial planning, analysis, and control. Graduates of this track are employed as bankers, financial analysts, financial planners, and a number of careers that require the ability to synthesize a broad range of financial, accounting, and economic variables in making sound financial decisions.

    ACC 301 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
    ACC 302 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
    ACC 403 Federal Taxation or ACC 303 Intermediate Financial Accounting III or ACC 361 Cost Accounting or ACC 407 Consolidation, Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

Minor in Finance

Admission to the minor requires completion of at least 45 semester hours with a GPA of 2.3. Successful completion of the minor requires the student to maintain a 2.3 GPA in all finance courses. There are two tracks in the Finance minor:

Track 1: Investments

This minor requires the completion of the following courses:

  FIN 310 Principles of Finance
  FIN 320 Financial Management
  FIN 330 Financial Decision Models
  FIN 340 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
 And a choice of two of the following:
  FIN 316 Quantitative Methods of Finance
  FIN 317 Fixed Income Securities
  FIN/ECO 360 Money, Banking and Capital Markets
  FIN 370 Financial Institution Concepts
  FIN 486 Financial Engineering
  FIN/ECO 488 Multinational Financial Issues

Track 2: Financial Management

This minor requires the completion of the following courses:

  FIN 310 Principles of Finance
  FIN 320 Financial Management
  FIN 330 Financial Decision Models
  FIN 340 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
And a choice of two of the following:
  FIN 301 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  FIN 302 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  FIN 361 Cost Accounting

The department reserves the right to approve alternative requirements on a case–by–case basis after advisement from a finance faculty member and approval by the department. Students receiving a B.B.A. degree must earn at least fifty percent of their credits in non-business courses and attain a GPA of 2.3 or better.


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