Finance

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Sandip Dutta
CHAIRPERSON
School of Business
(203) 392-7028
DuttaS2@SouthernCT.edu

Benjamin Abugri, Professor
Gene Birz, Associate Professor
Sandip Dutta, Professor
Koah Huu Nguyen, Assistant Professor
Alev Yildirim, Assistant Professor
Han Yu, Associate Professor

 

CONCENTRATION IN FINANCE

The concentration in finance prepares students for service as academically prepared professionals in the financial services industry and as financial officers in both the business and not-for-profit organizations. All functional areas of business are included in this specialization, along with the special awareness and higher level financial skills needed for institutional and economic development. Specializations may be taken in 1) corporation finance, 2) investment and financial markets and 3) depository institution management. Graduates of this program are prepared for employment in business, government or non-profit organizations, teaching, research, consulting, and further graduate level education.

FIN 200 - Critical Thinking in Finance

The basic concepts of financial and business decisions and structure of financial markets such as the following are covered: the Federal Reserve and the financial system, the corporate financial environment, the stock and the bond markets, the sub-prime financial crisis, financial regualtions and ethics, executive compensations, credti cards, student loans, retirement plans, international finance, and corporate social responsibility.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

FIN 300 - Corporate Finance

Study of the private sector, for-profit publicly traded corporations from the standpoint of managers. Topics: basic theories and techniques of financial decision making, encompassing working capital, capital budgeting, and long term financing.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 100, ECO 101, and ECO 270.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

FIN 340 - Financial Markets and Institutions

The structure and functioning of the nation’s financial institutions as the providers and regulators of money and credit. Special attention is given to the role of capital markets.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 100 and ECO 101.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

FIN 341 - Principles of Investment

An introduction to types of securities, sources of information, securities exchanges and regulations, with emphasis on equity valuation.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 300 and FIN 340.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

FIN 343 - Commercial Banking

Study of depository institutions emphasizing the application of finance theories covering asset and liability policies, opportunities, and the problems of deregulation.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 340.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

FIN 346 - Risk Management and Insurance

Basic concepts of risk management through the use of insurance programs for the household and business sectors.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 100 and ECO 101.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2018

FIN 347 - International Financial Management

A study of the financial issues faced by a firm operating in a multinational environment. Topics include: balance of payments concepts, exchange rates theories, currency markets, corporate treasury management, capital budgeting, international cost of capital, risk management, derivatives, security markets and their valuations.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 300.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

FIN 348 - Personal Financial Planning

Examines the principal financial issues facing an individual in today’s complex financial environment. The course enables students to make informed decisions in the context of their own specific situations so that the chance of success is maximized and risks are minimized. Focus is on practical strategies that produce results. Areas of study include budgeting, taxation, managing credit, investments, health, life, disability, and long-term care insurance; retirement and estate planning.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 100 and ECO 101.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

FIN 398 - Special Topics in Finance

Examination of developments, issues, and current ideas in the field of business administration, which are pertinent to finance.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2019

FIN 400 - Behavioral Finance

The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to behavioral finance theory, which complements the traditional finance paradigm. To achieve this, the course will introduce students to various psychological biases documented by research in experimental psychology and how these biases affect investors’ decision-making and financial markets. It will also provide valuable insight into the origins of financial bubbles and crashes such as the dot-com bubble as well as, the recent financial crisis. Finally, the course will introduce students to current empirical methods in investments and behavioral finance.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 300

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

FIN 401 - Financial Modeling

Provides a capstone setting in which students will analyze and solve a diverse set of finance problems by developing spreadsheet models. The course will help develop critical and analytical thinking skills and make students proficient in researching and utilizing financial data. The course will also help students to gain a good command of spreadsheet software such as Excel.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 300.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter 2019-20

FIN 432 - Financial Management

In-depth study of the theories of corporation finance. Topics: valuation models, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, portfolio theory, and capital asset pricing models, innovations in treasury management, and financial planning.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 300.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

FIN 457 - Real Estate Finance

A study of financial and investment problems related to real estate. It develops an understanding of related financial institutions, types of financial instruments, functioning of mortgage markets, and law and regulations concerning real estate financing.

Prerequisite(s): ACC 200, FIN 345, and MGT 240.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

FIN 460 - Treasury Management

Examines the treasury management function of an enterprise in both the public and private sectors. Topics include cash, receivables, payables, and short-term debt management as well as an introduction to e-commerce. The course is required for the Certified Treasury Professional examination of the Association for Financial Professionals.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 300.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

FIN 470 - Practicum of Investing

Students are part of the investment management team of student-run investment portfolio funded by the SCSU Foundation (The Ad Astra Fund). This lab course can be taken once for credit in the finance sequence. Subsequent registrations will count as elective courses repeatable up to 9 credits. This course is a practical application of the theories learned in the classroom. Grading on pass/fail basis.

Special Information: Course may be repeated for credit 2 times.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 300 and GPA 3.0 or better. Corequisite FIN 341 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

FIN 497 - Internship

A supervised internship in business or government with the application of finance to problems of enterprise administration. Bi-weekly reporting to the faculty supervisor is necessary.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

FIN 499 - Independent Study

Research of a high quality meeting the standards of the department faculty director.

Prerequisite(s): Senior status and departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020