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    The Finance Program

    Finance is the art and science of managing money. By studying finance you can gain an understanding of how the capital markets and systems interact, and use that information to make sound financial decisions. The major in Finance provides students with strong finance fundamentals, but allows them to deepen their studies in one of four academic tracks (corporate finance, investment management, behavioral finance and computational finance).
     

    Distinctive features of McKenna School’s Finance Major  

    • CFA designated Business School - Students complete the CFA Level I curriculum.
    • CFP Accredited curriculum
    • Rankings: The McKenna business seniors score exceptionally well on the ETS undergraduate business field test. In finance, the McKenna School finished in the top 3.0% in 2015 and the top 5.1% in 2016, compared to 563 accredited business schools.
    • Our class size is small, and your adviser will be a finance professor. 
    • Attributable to our ACBSP accreditation, students receive in depth knowledge in 12 business core competency areas: Accounting, Management, Business Ethics, Marketing, Information Systems, Business Finance, the Legal Environment of Business, Statistics, Business Policies, Economics, Quantitative Skills and Global Dimensions in Business.  

    The finance major emphasizes:

    • financial statement analysis underscored by a thorough understanding of the "why" and "how" questions in finance;
    • its theoretical roots by deriving equations and reading original works of great finance academics;
    • and seeks to enable students to apply theoretical models and knowledge in real life settings through case analysis, security selection games and senior-level portfolio projects;
    • risk management techniques to analyze asset allocations and in the utilization of derivatives.

    Major Tracks 

    The Business and College Core curriculum is required for all  four tracks :

    College Core (48 credits)
    TH 119 First Theology (freshman year) - 3 credits
    Theology (200 Level) - 3 credits
    Theology (300 Level) - 3 credits
    History (100 Level) - 3 credits
    History (200 Level) - 3 credits
    PL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 credits
    Philosophy Elective (PL 215 Ethics suggested) - 3 credits
    Natural Science 100 Level with lab - 4 credits
    Natural Science 200 Level with lab - 4 credits
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric (freshman year) - 3 credits
    English Elective (Literature Course) - 3 credits
    English Elective - 3 credits
    Fine Arts (100 Level) - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    First-Year Seminar (additional hour) - 1 credit

     

     Business core (43 credits)
    BA 100* Financial Accounting I (freshman year) - 3 credits
    BA 170* Organizational Behavior (freshman year) - 3 credits
    BA 220 Principles of Marketing (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 265 Management Information Systems (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 305 Business Ethics (junior year preferred) - 3 credits
    BA 320 Corporate Finance I (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 340 Business Law (junior year) - 3 credits
    BA 350 Statistics I (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 351 Statistics II or
        EC 360 Econometrics (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 495 Business Policy and Strategy (senior year) - 3 credits
    EC 101 Principles of Microeconomics (freshman year) - 3 credits
    EC 102 Principles of Macroeconomics (freshman year) - 3 credits
    PS 100* Principles of American Politics - 3 credits
    MA 109/111* Calculus I (freshman year) - 4 credits
    BA 00P ePortfolio Requirement - 0 credit

     *Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Social Sciences and Mathematics. 
      


     

    Finance Major Requirements: Corporate Finance Track  (27 credits)
    BA 101 Financial Accounting II (freshman year) - 3 credits
    BA 200 Intermediate Accounting I - 3 credits
    BA 321 Corporate Finance II - 3 credits
    BA 324 Advanced Personal Finance - 3 credits
    BA 325 Analysis of Financial Statements - 3 credits
    BA 353/EC 353 International Finance - 3 credits
    BA 362 Investments I: Securities - 3 credits
    BA 363 Investments II: Derivatives - 3 credits
    BA 385 Financial Institutions - 3 credits
     

    Finance Major Requirements: Computational Finance Track with Math Minor (40 credits)
    BA 101 Financial Accounting II (freshman year) - 3 credits
    BA 353/EC 353 International Finance - 3 credits
    BA 362 Investments I: Securities - 3 credits
    BA 363 Investments II: Derivatives - 3 credits
    BA 385 Financial Institutions - 3 credits
    BA 488 Portfolio Theory - 3 credits
    BA 489 Valuations and Modeling - 3 credits
    MA 112 Calculus II (freshman year) - 4 credits
    MA 113 Calculus III - 4 credits
    MA 114 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations - 4 credits
    MA 115 Linear Algebra - 3 credits
    MA 206 Real Analysis I - 4 credits

    Note: Students planning to seek a Ph.D. or Masters in Finance should strongly consider doing the computational finance trace, Real Analysis II, Econometrics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Advanced Microeconomics and Game Theory.

    Finance Major Requirements: Investment Management Track (27 credits)
    BA 101 Financial Accounting II (freshman year)
    BA 324 Advanced Personal Finance - 3 credits
    BA 353/EC 353 International Finance - 3 credits
    BA 362 Investments I: Securities - 3 credits
    BA 363 Investments II: Derivatives - 3 credits
    BA 385 Financial Institutions - 3 credits
    BA 485 CFA Review Level I - 3 credits
    BA 488 Portfolio Theory - 3 credits
    BA 489 Valuations and Modeling - 3 credits

    Finance Major Requirements: Behavioral Finance Track with Psychology Minor (39 credits)
    BA 101 Financial Accounting II (freshman year) - 3 credits
    BA 353/EC 353 International Finance - 3 credits
    BA 362 Investments I: Securities - 3 credits
    BA 363 Investments II: Derivatives - 3 credits
    BA 385 Financial Institutions - 3 credits
    BA 324 Advanced Personal Finance - 3 credits
    BA 488 Portfolio Theory - 3 credits
    PY 100 Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits
    PY 243 Abnormal Psychology - 3 credits
    PY 244 Theories of Personality - 3 credits
    PY 260 Social Psychology - 3 credits
    PY 308 Cognitive Psychology - 3 credits
    PY 309 Learning - 3 credits


    Minors 

    Finance Minor—Required courses
    BA 100 Financial Accounting I - 3 credits
    BA 320 Corporate Finance I - 3 credits
    BA 362 Investments: Securities - 3 credits
    BA 363 Investments: Derivatives - 3 credits

    In addition to the above, any two of the following:
    BA 321 Corporate Finance II - 3 credits
    BA 325 Analysis of Financial Statements - 3 credits
    BA 353/EC353* International Finance - 3 credits
    BA 385 Financial Institutions - 3 credits
    BA 484 Risk Management - 3 credits
    BA 485 CFA Review Level I - 3 credits
    BA 488 Portfolio Theory - 3 credits
    BA 489 Valuations and Modeling - 3 credits

    * BA 353/EC 353 does not count for International Business majors.

    Business Portfolio Must Be Completed Before Graduation  

    Work to be included:

    • Business Ethics Paper written in BA 170 (First Year)
    • Updated Business Ethics Paper written in BA 305
    • Resume (Completed first year and updated each year.)
    • Experiential Project defined by major -- at least one
    • Information Systems Analysis Project
    • Oral Presentation from 300 level business class or above
    • Term paper written in 300 level business class or above
    • Optional: Professional Thesis