FINANCE - MAJOR AND MINOR

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Today’s financial and non-financial corporations are actively seeking bright individuals with the right knowledge for making sound financial decisions. As a finance major at VSB, you will learn finance theory alongside of technology, quantitative methods and communication, while also developing an understanding of global and ethical issues. A minor will supplement any business degree by providing greater financial acumen and critical thinking skills that enable you to add value to any organization.

Earning a Major

You must complete the core curriculum and the business curriculum, along with the three required finance courses plus three finance elective courses (excluding FIN 2343, FIN 3350, FIN 3360 and FIN 3470).

Earning a Minor

You must complete core curriculum and business curriculum plus your major requirements, along with the three required finance courses (noted by *).

REQUIRED COURSES


 

REQUIRED COURSES FOR THE APPLIED QUANTITATIVE
FINANCE CONCENTRATION

Offered only to finance majors, this concentration focuses on the quantitative side of financial markets, targeting the practical application of quantitative techniques, in addition to utilizing financial theory. Designed for top students, this challenging curriculum incorporates higher-level math, statistics and computer science with a strong tie to technology to prepare students for the future of finance. This program, unlike other majors, is by application only.

If a student has been exempted from MAT 1505 due to AP credits then they must take an additional higher-level Math, Statistics or Computer Science course as approved by the Director of Applied Quantitative Finance. A suggested list of classes is available and may vary from year to year.  

For Class of 2023 and beyond, a student may take MAT 3100 (Applied Linear Algebra) or MAT 3400 (Linear Algebra) as the replacement course for AP credits of MAT 1505.

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED STATISTICS COURSES

(Note a student may elect to take a challenge exam as administered by the Math department on double integrals instead of taking the pre-requisite of MAT 2500 - Calculus III)

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COMPUTER SCIENCE / ANALYTICS COURSES


ADDITIONAL REQUIRED ECONOMICS COURSES

The Finance major requires three elective courses. The following requirements and choices are acceptable for this concentration:

Required elective selection:

  • FIN 2325 – Introduction to Derivatives 
  • A choice of one of the following elective courses:
    • FIN 2230 – Risk Management of Financial Institutions
    • FIN 2324 – Portfolio Management
    • FIN 2326 – Market Structure, Trading & Liquidity
    • FIN 2333 - Financial Modeling & Valuation
    • FIN 2343 - Student-Managed Funds II
  • In the student's fourth year a soon to be developed and engaging Capstone course will culminate the concentration and is required. 
  • FIN XXXX - Quantitative Finance Capstone

  


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