Finance Major

Requirements -- 6 courses / 18 credits (36 ECTS)

Concentrates on how to use financial concepts and techniques to solve practical business problems. Specifically, the course analyzes the role of a financial manager in making decisions regarding capital budgeting and the cost of capital. Capital structure, dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions, and the interaction between financing and investment decisions under varying conditions of certainty and uncertainty are also discussed. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, GE115, IT100, BUS220, BUS221, BUS240, BUS250, BUS251, BUS330 Credits: 3 

Introduces students to the organization, functions, and managements of financial markets and institutions. Topics include the structure of financial markets and institutions, the management of assets and liabilities of institutions, the financial instruments and products offered for borrowing and investing, the flow of funds, the term structure of interest rates, and the effects of economic conditions and government policies on the performance of financial institutions and markets. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, GE115, IT100, BUS220, BUS221, BUS240, BUS250, BUS251, BUS330
Co-Requisite(s): FI404. Credits: 3

Explores the fundamental principles and issues in the field of international finance. The course examines the organization and functions of foreign exchange markets, the participants’ effects on the performance of the markets and the balance of international payments. The course also looks at the determination and forecasting of exchange rates, the measurement and management of foreign exchange risks, the financing of international trade and investments, and capital budgeting in multinational corporations. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, GE115, IT100, BUS220, BUS221, BUS240, BUS250, BUS251, BUS330
Credits: 3 

 

Analyzes the concepts and principles of financial investments including the different types of securities issued by government and business. The course also examines the structure and operations of equity securities markets, portfolio construction, revision and measurement of performances, as well as the Capital Asset Pricing Model, the Arbitrage Pricing Theory, and the development of investment strategies and control. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, GE115, IT100, BUS220, BUS221, BUS240, BUS250, BUS251, BUS330, FI404, FI406 Credits: 3

Examines how the tools and concepts of modern finance are applied to maximize financial performances. The course covers topics such as financial analysis and forecasting; cost of capital and capital budgeting; capital structure; mergers and acquisitions and corporate financial policies. Case studies are used to illustrate how the application of concepts of corporate financial strategy can lead to better financial decisions for the enterprise. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, GE115, IT100, BUS220, BUS221, BUS240, BUS250, BUS251, BUS330, FI404 . Credits: 3 

Explains what derivatives are and how they can be prudently used within the context of any underlying business activities. The course introduces the wide range of markets for financial derivatives and offers a broad overview of different types of derivatives, such as futures, options, swaps, and structured products-while focusing on the principles that determine market prices. Finally, the course explores the importance of financial derivatives to risk management in a corporate setting. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, GE115, IT100, BUS220, BUS221, BUS240, BUS250, BUS251, BUS330, FI404, FI406, FI412 Credits: 3

Electives -- Select 2 courses / 6 credits (12 ECTS)

Focuses on the identification, analysis, and interpretation of financial and management accounting information. Financial statements are analyzed to assess the financial health and performance of the organization, including bankruptcy risk. Other topics include planning and forecasting, budgeting, cash flow and breakeven analysis, and working capital management. In general, it includes techniques and tools for planning, control, and decision making in an effort to achieve organizational goals.
Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, GE115, IT100, BUS220, BUS221, BUS 240, BUS330 Credits: 3

Examines the nature and the role of money and the banking system in an economy. Topics include the theories and functions of money; the scope and functioning of the financial system; financial markets and interest rate determination; the organization, management and supervision of commercial banks and other institutions; and money supply processes and monetary policies. The course examines the role and functions of the central bank, monetary standards and credit availability, and the impact of Europe’s currency unification on the banking system. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, GE115, IT100, BUS220, BUS221, BUS240, BUS251, BUS330 Credits: 3 

Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring are an important part of a company’s list of actions that may lead to its corporate goals. Strategies and tactics will be analyzed in detail. The purpose of this course is to identify the perspectives that an organization might have by applying the above actions. Issues such as measuring and creating value will be developed. Finally, consideration in financial planning and restructuring will be examined. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE115, IT100, BUS220, BUS221, BUS240, BUS250, BUS251, BUS330 Credits: 3

Concentrates on behavioral issues affecting financial markets and the corporate world. The course links the particularity of human behavior to aspects of the financial decision making process. The behavioral approach is introduced in issues such as market efficiency, risk assessment, investor behavior, capital structure, dividend policy, mergers & acquisitions and market timing. Prerequisite(s): GE105, GE106, GE115, IT100, BUS220, BUS221, BUS240, BUS250, BUS251, BUS330 Credits: 3

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