Finance (FIN)

Finance majors must earn a grade of C or above in the relevant prerequisite courses to fulfill the prerequisite requirements marked * below.

FIN B200 Personal Finance 3 crs.

This course explores those areas of finance which have direct impact on an individual’s financial decisions. Emphasis is on financial planning, budgeting and savings oriented cash management, credit usage and credit legislation, investments, tax planning, basic risk management and insurance concepts, retirement planning, estate planning, and Louisiana inheritance and community property law rules. May not be used as a major elective.

FIN B300 Financial Management 3 crs.

This course introduces the analytic techniques commonly used for the financial management of business firms. Topics include analysis of financial statements, financial forecasting, asset valuation, capital budgeting, working capital management, and financial structure.

Prerequisites: ACCT B202, DECS B205, ECON B101; junior standing.

FIN B305 Analysis of Financial Statements 3 crs.

This course examines common techniques for the analysis of financial statements. In addition to covering traditional analytic approaches, this course explores the relationship between the selection of accounting procedures and the quality of the resulting statements.

Prerequisites: ACCT B305, FIN B300*; junior standing

FIN B310 Financial Institutions 3 crs.

This course examines the purpose and functions of financial markets and financial institutions, domestic and global. Emphasis is on asset/liability management. Cases may be used to foster an understanding of the problems and opportunities of different financial institutions. It is highly recommended that the student take FIN B300, Financial Management, first.

Prerequisites: ECON B101; junior standing

FIN B315 Investments 3 crs.

This course analyzes different investment alternatives in a risk-return framework. Techniques for selection, timing, and diversification of investment choices are emphasized. Portfolio theory is also explained as the capstone element at the end of this course.

Prerequisites: FIN B300*; junior standing

FIN B325 International Financial Management 3 crs.

This course explores the problems and complexities associated with trade and investments that take place across national boundaries. Topics include financing international trade, exchange rate risk, risk exposure and management, and direct and indirect international investment considerations.

Prerequisites: FIN B300*; junior standing

Cross-listing: INTB B325

FIN B400 Advanced Financial Management 3 crs.

This course examines the theory and practice of financial management through case analysis and readings. Topics considered include working capital management, capital budgeting, financial structure, and dividend policy.

Prerequisites: ACCT B305, FIN B300*, FIN B305*; junior standing

FIN B450 Real Estate Investments + Finance 3 crs.

This course analyzes real estate financing and investment, vis-a-vis other investment alternatives in a risk-return framework. Primary focus is on evaluating the risk-return potential of income producing real property.

Prerequisites: FIN B300*; junior standing

FIN B493 Special Topics in Finance 3 crs.

Previous topics include speculative markets (derivatives); real estate appraisal; portfolio analysis; global financial markets; entrepreneurship, expectations, and equilibrium; and investment banking.

Prerequisites: FIN B300*; junior standing

FIN B499 Independent Study in Finance 3 crs.

Prerequisites: FIN B300*; junior standing, overall GPA of 2.0

See description in College of Business overview