A finance degree from Saint Mary’s prepares students to plan, analyze, and manage financial aspects of individuals, businesses, and organizations in multiple fields.
Students who are considering a career in business and like numbers, analysis, and “real world” applications will enjoy this major. Those interested in becoming a Certified Financial Planner are encouraged to consult with a finance faculty member early in their college career to determine the best way to meet the requirements.
Financial manager; financial analyst; financial planner; investment manager; credit analyst; credit manager; risk analyst; insurance analyst
High School Preparation
Accounting; Business; Calculus; Microeconomics; Statistics
Enhance Your Experience
A. All of the following:
This course provides an introduction to accounting with an emphasis on the interpretation and use of accounting information for effective business decision-making. The course employs an "information user/managerial approach" rather than an "information preparer approach." Students are introduced to the accounting system, financial statement analysis, and quantitative managerial accounting techniques.
This course provides in-depth coverage of Microsoft Excel and Access in the context of business applications. Excel topics include formulas and functions, charting, large datasets, pivot tables and what-if analysis. Access topics include relational database concepts, database design, basic query construction, and report generation. This course combines on-line and hands-on learning.
An introduction to the international business environment, including cultures, ethics, economics, geography, and legal systems, associated with our global society. The course serves as a foundation for international business majors and as a survey course for other business majors.
This survey course is designed to introduce students to the study of law through a review of its historical origins, the various sources of the law and the practical context in which laws are applied. Particular attention is given to areas of law which are relevant to today's business environment; for example, torts, contracts, agency and sales.
This capstone course in business develops students' understanding of strategic decision-making through integrative use of business knowledge from each of the major functional areas in business. Extensive use of decision cases is made to address such issues as: What is strategy?, Who makes it?; What are the basic strategic options of a firm?; How is the business environment analyzed for strategic purposes? Highlights of the course include a business case competition and computer simulation.
A traditional introduction to the principles of microeconomics, concentrating on behavior of the household and the firm. The course analyzes factors determining prices, production and allocation of economic resources. Current issues are emphasized.
A traditional introduction to the principles of macroeconomics, concentrating on how aggregate levels of economic activity are determined. The course analyzes macroeconomic policies and economic issues such as problems of unemployment and inflation. Current issues are emphasized.
The goal of corporate financial management is to maximize the wealth of the stockholders. Decisions regarding risk and return, the management of current assets and current liabilities, and capital budgeting are examined in view of this goal. Students are also introduced to the stock market and other financial institutions and systems.
This first course in management stresses an understanding of the management functions as an integral part of the business organization. Attention is given to planning, leading, organizing, controlling and other aspects of the managerial process.
This beginning course in marketing develops an understanding of the marketing function and its central importance to the business organization. Attention is paid to a variety of marketing topics including products, channels and distribution, pricing, promotion, buyer behavior, and ethical issues in marketing.
The course examines critically the major ethical or moral theories that are at the basis of decision making in the complex area of contemporary behavior we know as "the business world." It is recommended for business majors.
B. Mathematics: one of the following
(either M148 and M149 or M145 or M151):
This course provides an introduction to noncalculus mathematical modeling methods prevalent in business. Topics include: matrix methods, systems of linear equations and inequalities, linear programming by the geometric method and by the simplex method, and the mathematics of finance.
This course, followed by
This course completes the two-semester sequence that begins with
This course provides an introduction to the differential and integral calculus. Topics include: the concepts of function, limit, continuity, derivative, definite and indefinite integrals, and an introduction to transcendental functions. Credit is not granted for this course and
An internship or a course approved by the department chair and department advisor.
C. All of the following:
Students study the stock markets, bond markets, and commodity markets. The course emphasizes both personal investing and professional opportunities as investment counselors.
This course focuses on financial markets, money, instruments, and institutions. The emphasis is on the operations and functions of domestic and international markets and institutions. The course reviews the determinants and structure of interest rates and bond prices.
This course focuses on the valuation and major investment instruments and strategies available in capital markets. The course considers how investors evaluate and form portfolios with instruments such as bonds, mutual funds, and stocks. The primary focus of this course is the theory and practice of combining securities to optimal portfolios.
Professional financial planning is the capstone course in the Finance major. This course will require the student to write a comprehensive personal financial plan. The plan will require applying basic financial, economic, and institutional concepts to advise individuals and families in achieving their financial goals. Topics include budgeting, financial analysis, credit management, insurance, time value of money, investment strategies, income taxes, risk management, retirement, and estate planning.
D. One of the following:
Recommended for all business majors, this course considers income tax concepts and income tax law as it applies to individuals.
A comprehensive study of selected financial accounting topics, the course considers financial statements, short-term receivables and payables, inventories, plant assets, intangible assets, depreciation, current liabilities, contingencies and long-term liabilities. Similarities and differences between U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and international financial reporting standards are considered throughout the course.
This course focuses on the fundamentals of information systems and their foundational technologies as they can be used for business analysis and intelligence. Areas studied will include hardware, operating systems, database systems, knowledge management, decision support systems, and networked computing concepts. Data oriented techniques for business intelligence and decision making are introduced.
This course is designed to introduce the concept of business analytics. Analytics helps businesses make better decisions by using sound judgment and data. This is a skill development class that explores how statistics are used in business. Students in this course will leave with a specialized skillset used in a variety of roles within an organization.
The topics and projects for this course vary according to the needs and interests of business majors.
An introduction to professional communication, this course teaches students how to write documents commonly generated in the work world, such as emails, memos, resumes, letters, manuals, reports, and proposals. Students are invited to write documents for different audiences, especially those in a student's major field of study. Some attention may be given to incorporating visuals as well. Finally, general principles of the composing process, of grammar and mechanics, and of style are reviewed as needed.
An intermediate course examining the forces which determine the competitive conditions and trade patterns in the global economy. Representative topics are monetary issues, balance of payments, capital movements and capital markets.
This course examines the financial aspects of opening and operating a small business. Special attention is paid to financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting and capital budgeting and sources of funding. The course focuses on developing a financial plan, building on student work completed in MG315, addressing various types of business entities such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, and small private corporations.
This course presents the quantitative or management science approach to management. Topics which may be included are quality control, forecasting, inventory management, resource allocation, work design, scheduling, project management and control, and facility design and location. Current techniques and tools are examined and used.
The selling component of this course involves learning selling concepts and the communications skills needed to apply them. Topics include prospecting, approaching the customer, determining customer wants and needs, making the sales presentation, overcoming objections, and closing the sale. The management component of the course involves recruiting and hiring, training, determining sales territories, sales forecasting, compensation schemes motivation, and management of sales force.