Wilkes University

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance Major

Coordinator: Dr. Dean Frear

Total minimum number of credits required for a Major in Corporate Finance leading to the Bachelor of Science degree — 123.
There is no minor in Corporate Finance.

The Corporate Finance Major at Wilkes is constructed upon the Sidhu School's common foundation courses and the General Education requirements of the University. Corporate Finance Majors begin their studies with FIN 240. Subsequent courses cover other topics such as financial analysis, long-term strategic financial planning, risk management and insurance, and money and banking.

Students in Sidhu School majors and minors must complete all required ACC courses at Wilkes University, except ACC 161 and ACC 162 which may be transferred from accredited institutions if they are determined to be the academic equivalent of the course offered at Wilkes University. Any other course that a student seeks to transfer as an ACC course would only be eligible to transfer as ACC 198, ACC 298 or ACC 398 depending on the rigor of the course. 

Common career paths for graduates in this major are in the fields of financial management, financial analysis, financial examiners, as well as those that function in either accounting or finance in corporations. For those considering an academic career, the major may lead to an MBA and/or doctoral program

Requirements (27 credits total)

Each student with a major in Financial Investments must complete the following 27 credits:

FIN-219  Financial Analysis

3

FIN-230  Money and Banking

3

FIN-341  Managerial Finance

3

FIN-342  Property and Life Insurance

3

FIN-345  Long Range Financial Planning

3

ACC-201  Intermediate Accounting I

3

ACC-202 Intermediate Accounting II

3

ACC-321 Taxes

3

ACC-322 Advanced Taxes

3

Corporate Finance Major- Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester Credits

BA-151 Integrated Management Experience I

3

CS-115 Computers and Applications

3

ENG-101 Composition

4

FYF-101 First-Year Foundations

3

HST-101 Introduction of the Modern World

3

PPD-101 Personal and Professional Development I

1

 

17

Second Semester

BA-152 Integrated Management Experience II

3

COM-101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

MTH-100 Pre-Calculus

3

BA-119 Data Analysis in Excel

3

ENG-120 Reading Classical Traditions

3

 

15

Third Semester

ACC-161 Financial Accounting & Decision Making

3

MGT-251 Management of Organizations & People

3

FIN-240 Introduction to Finance

3

EC-101 Principles of Economics 

3

MTH-111 Calculus I

3

PPD-201 Personal and Professional Development III

1

 

16

Fourth Semester

ACC-162 Managerial Accounting & Decision Making

3

EC-102 Principles of Economics II

3

FIN-230 Money and Banking

3

MKT-221 Marketing

3

FIN-341 Managerial Finance

3

 

15

Fifth Semester

ACC-201 Intermediate Accounting I

3

Science Distribution Requirement (Area II)

3

BA-335 Law and Business

3

BA-319 Business Statistics

3

FIN-219  Financial Analysis

3

PPD-301 Personal and Professional Development V

1

 

16

Sixth Semester

BA-336 Advanced Topics in Business Law

 

3

FIN-342 Property and Life Insurance

3

ACC-202 Intermediate Accounting II

3

Science Distribution Requirement (Area II)

3

Humanities Distribution Requirement (Area I)

3

Free Elective

3

 

18

Seventh Semester

MGT-358 International Business

3

ACC-321  Taxes

3

FIN-345 Long Range Financial Planning

3

Social Science Distribution Requirement (Area III)

3

PPD-401 Personal and Professional Development VII

1

 

13

Eighth Semester

BA-461 Business Strategy and Decision Making

3

FIN-462 Professional Business Experience

3

ACC-322 Advanced Taxes

3

ACC-341 Accounting Information Systems

3

Arts Distribution Requirement (Area IV)

3

 

12

 

 

Finance

FIN-201. Personal Finance

Credits: 3
Terms Offered: On Demand
This course in personal financial management is designed to help students understand and develop competence and confidence in using the knowledge and skill of the discipline of personal money management.  Students develop competence and confidence through reading about personal financial management and through working with problems and cases that include real life experiences with the subject. This course is designed to benefit business and non business majors.

FIN-219. Financial Analysis

Credits: 3

This course is an introductory course on the fundamentals of financial analysis techniques. It aims to help students develop analytical skills for making investment decisions. Furthermore, it focuses on less well-established techniques and knowledge that is alien to and ignored by efficient market hypothesis (EMH) or modern portfolio theory (MPT). The emphasis is on: technical analysis, Microsoft Excel tools in a financial context and Bloomberg terminals.

Pre-Requisites
BA-119, FIN-240 with a minimum grade 2.0

FIN-230. Money & Banking

Credits: 3

A study of money, credit, and banking operations. Monetary standards, development of the American monetary and banking system. Recent developments in other financial institutions. Central banking and the Federal Reserve System, instruments of monetary control, international monetary relationships. Cross-listed with EC-230

FIN-240. Introduction to Finance

Credits: 3

This course introduces basic principles of finance including cash flow, financial ratios, time value of money, stock and bond valuation, capital structure and cost of capital.

FIN-319. Financial Derivatives

Credits: 3

Financial securities and markets are changing rapidly. This course gives students an understanding of financial derivative instruments and their applications to corporate strategy and risk management. Students learn how the finance derivatives are priced and used in risk management and trading or speculative strategies by individuals and companies. We cover options, forwards, futures, and swaps to help our students to be better prepared to enter a career in finance.

Pre-Requisites
ACC-162, BA-119, FIN-240, FIN-341, FIN-343 all with a minimum grade of 2.0

FIN-341. Managerial Finance

Credits: 3

This course provides advanced study of financial theories, decision-making models relating to: financial analysis and planning; working capital management; cash budgeting; capital asset acquisitions; capital asset financing; cost of capital; capital structuring; acquisitions; divestitures; and reorganizations.

Pre-Requisites
FIN-240 with a minimum grade of 2.0

FIN-342. Property and Life Insurance

Credits: 3

A study of principles of life, health, property, and liability insurance applied to the needs of individuals and organizations.

Pre-Requisites
FIN-341 with a minimum grade of 2.0

FIN-343. Investments and Portfolio Management

Credits: 3

A survey of the features and characteristics of investment instruments, the operation and regulation of security markets, the techniques of security analysis and valuation, financial intermediaries, and modern and traditional portfolio theory and management.

Pre-Requisites
FIN-240 with a minimum grade of 2.0

FIN-345. Long-Range Financial Planning

Credits: 3

A survey of the tools and techniques currently employed by financial decision-makers when evaluating organizational performance and developing future courses of action. Emphasis will be placed upon long-range planning and capital budgeting techniques.

Pre-Requisites
FIN-341 and FIN-343 with a minimum grade of 2.0

FIN-358. International Finance

Credits: 3

This course will provide the conceptual framework necessary for financial decision-making in a multinational corporation (mnc). We focus on implementing analytical tools and theory through problems and analysis of real-world global decision-making. Students explore the following traditional areas of corporate finance: investments, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, evaluation and control of operations, merger and acquisition, and risk management from a global perspective.

FIN-397. Seminar

Credits: 1-3

One to three credits


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