Finance (BSBA) Curriculum

Required Coursework for the Finance Major

  • Business Core (39 credits)
  • Finance Major (21 credits)
  • Business Electives (3 credits)
  • Distribution Requirements With Co-Requisites (60 credits)

Business Core Courses (39 Credits)

  • This course is open to all Barry University students who want to understand what business is, what it does, and its role in society. The purpose of this course is threefold: 1) to introduce students to the academic opportunities and activities offered by the Andreas School of Business as well as its professors; 2) to help students to develop the cognitive skills they need to understand the principles and mechanics that regulate everyday business life; and 3) to prepare students to deal effectively with the challenges of contemporary life, including issues in the business-society relationship, its history, world events, economic issues, and future expectations.

  • An introduction to the accounting concepts, principles, and techniques used in recording business transactions. The accounting cycle, the measurement of income and valuation problems, reporting of financial position and results of operations for business enterprise are explored. Prerequisite: CAT 102.

  • An introduction to concepts and methods to assist management in the evaluation of the business enterprise and to aid in its planning, organizing, and controlling functions. Topics include cost systems, break-even analysis, flexible budgets, variance analysis, and capital budgeting. Prerequisite: ACC 201.

  • Economic analysis of consumer and producer behavior and decision making with a concentration on how economic agents voluntarily interact in markets for various goods and services. Topics include advanced demand/supply analysis emphasizing allocational efficiency, opportunity cost and elasticity; the theory of consumer utility maximization; short and long-term cost and production decisions in the theory of the firm; price, output and profit maximization under differing market structures including competitive, monopolistic and hybrid alternatives; the pricing of input resources including labor and capital along with income distribution implications; market failure and the consequences of government regulation; and introduction to international finance and the balance of payments. Prerequisite: ECO 201.

  • This course is designed to afford the student a background of basic legal principles, concepts and the nature of the judicial process. The first part of the course is devoted to the legal environment of business, including common law, statutory and administrative law, federal and state court structure, theories of law, court procedure, conflicts of law and forms of dispute resolution. This is followed by a detailed study of contracts including basic elements, interpretation, remedies for breach, assignment and discharge. The course concludes with agency and employment.

  • Organizational behavior as it relates to the management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling is the focus of this course. Examination is made of the individual's role within the organization, of interpersonal influence and group behavior, and of organizational processes.

  • This course focuses on the design, management and continuous improvement of operations processes, that is, the processes used to produce goods and services. Both manufacturing and service operations will be studied. Prerequisites: BUS 311, MGT 305.

  • This course studies the interacting business activities designed to plan, price, promote and distribute want-satisfying products and services to present and potential customers. The course incorporates current developments in marketing to acquaint students with the present-day challenges of marketing activities.

  • Use of statistics to inform business decision-makers. Topics include decision-making, sampling, forecasting, analysis of variance, multiple regression, and statistical process control. Prerequisite: MAT 108, MAT 152, CS 180.

  • This course introduces students to the basic concepts and developments in information systems. Areas of study include computer technology, information system concepts, information systems development, and the use of technology in organizations. Students gain hands-on experience by suing microcomputers to solve business problems. Prerequisite: CS 180.

  • Financial techniques and analysis for business decision-making which build upon the prerequisites of economics, accounting, and statistical methods. The major tools include cash flow, financial statement structure and analysis, the time value of money, and risk. Specific topics studied with these tools include working capital management, asset investment and capital budgeting, corporate financial structure and the choice of debt vs. equity financing, financial market valuations, and the financial implications of business strategic decisions. Prerequisites: ACC 201, ECO 201, ECO 202.

  • Overview of the unique problems faced by firms engaging in international activities; the importance of understanding the foreign economic, social, political, cultural, and legal environment; the mechanics of importing and exporting; joint venture, franchising, and subsidiaries, international dimensions of management, marketing and accounting, international financial management; the special problems of multi-national corporations; recent problems of the international economic system; country-risk analysis; the increasing use of counter trade. Prerequisite: ECO 201, ECO 202.

  • A capstone course which integrates the various business disciplines. Using a "big picture" perspective, the student addresses strategy formulation and implementation in a volatile business environment. The case method of instruction is actively used. 

    Prerequisite: Senior standing. This course should be taken in the last semester before graduation.

Finance Major (21 Credits)

  • An examination of the nature and functions of money, financial institutions within the larger economic system, and central banks. Course emphasizes the role of financial instruments, financial markets and financial institutions as well as the function of the Federal Reserve System by examining monetary policy and its roots in macroeconomics and monetary theory. Special focus is on structure and evolution of the banking industry, depository institutions, and regulation of financial intermediaries within the context of the global financial system and international monetary system. Prerequisite: ECO 201, ECO 202, and Co-requisite: FIN 319 (Cross listed with ECO 316).

  • This course presents an overview of the international financial environment and a detailed analysis of tools and techniques for international financial management. Key topics include the functioning of foreign exchange markets and international capital and money markets, international portfolio diversification, multinational capital budgeting, import-export financing, direct foreign investment, and international banking. Prerequisite: FIN 319

  • This course is an introduction to the theories, techniques, and strategies of investment management, with emphasis on the global context of investment decisions. Topics include domestic and foreign securities markets, analysis and valuation of stocks and bonds, fundamental security analysis, efficient markets and technical analysis, hybrid and derivative securities, options and futures, portfolio and capital market theory and applications including diversification strategies with foreign securities. Prerequisites: FIN 319

  • This course will take a user perspective rather than a preparer perspective in the analysis of financial statements. A global perspective is also presented through the use of both U.S. GAAP and the International Accounting Standards. The course provides the concepts necessary to understand and interpret financial statements and also provides the analysis techniques that enable the analyst to further understand the relative position and performance of a company. Prerequisites: ACC 201, ACC 202, and Co-requisites: FIN 319.

  • This course is a continuation of FIN 319 covering such advanced issues as the use of the capital asset pricing models, valuing real options, the theory of capital structure, dividend policy, the cost of capital, and greater depth in capital budgeting techniques. Prerequisites: FIN 319, BUS 311

  • This course provides the student the theories, tools, techniques, and applications of Modern Portfolio Theory and Portfolio Risk Management. Building upon the contents of Finance 352, the course presents the Markowitz portfolio optimization concept as the basis for designing, developing, and managing portfolios of securities. Asset allocation models and techniques are emphasized. The course also extends the student's knowledge of derivative contracts, such as options and future contracts, to their uses in assessing and managing portfolio risk, and presents methods for evaluating the return and risk performance of portfolios of securities. Prerequisites: FIN 319, BUS 311.

  • This is an advanced finance course which can cover advanced topics in finance from the following areas: corporate and investment theory, valuation of financial assets, capital markets, risk management, and entrepreneurial finance, and finance ethics. Students will gain further understanding in these financial topics through lectures, case analysis, projects and simulations. Prerequisites: FIN 319, and senior standing.

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