Department Chair: Frank Ohara
Finance is an important field within business administration and management. It focuses on valuation and the optimal allocation of capital.
Advances in modern financial theory and practice make the field exciting and offer many opportunities for a well-prepared student. Furthermore, the field of finance incorporates an international outlook, which is one of the hallmarks of the McLaren School of Management.
The approach to teaching Finance at the University of San Francisco emphasizes analytical (quantitative and qualitative) proficiency and the use of "hands-on," applied cases and exercises. The multidimensional nature of the finance as well as the background, diversity and quality of our faculty and students, makes our Finance major an intellectually challenging experience.
Program Learning Outcomes
It is expected that Finance majors upon graduation will be able to:
- Use discounted cash flow (DCF) to value a proposed project
- Analyze a company’s financial statements and perform ratio analysis in order to interpret its performance
- Construct an optimized investment portfolio
- Calculate and interpret portfolio performance measurements.
- Use derivatives to immunize against foreign exchange transaction risk.
- Evaluate an international capital budgeting project.
The McLaren School of Management continually updates its curriculum to satisfy the latest AACSB requirements and to assure that its students receive the full experience of studying at an excellent liberal arts and sciences university. Recognizing our students as individuals with unique interests and talents, the faculty have designed the business curriculum to support the focus and breadth each individual student requires. Course requirements are divided into the following areas:
- University Core Curriculum
- General Electives
- Business Core Curriculum and Foundation Coursework
- Major Courses (listed below)
Finance Major Courses
Required Courses (8 UNITS)
Students take two out of the three required courses.
- BUS 330 - Investment Analysis
- BUS 331 - Intermediate Corporate Finance
- BUS 430 - International Financial Management
FINANCE ELECTIVES (12 UNITS)
The third course not taken as a Required Course can count towards your Finance Elective.
- BUS 332 - Financial Institutions and Markets
- BUS 333 - Financial Statement Analysis
- BUS 431 - Analysis of Global Business Conditions
- BUS 432 - Entrepreneurial Finance
- BUS 437 - Options and Futures
- BUS 439 - Special Topics - Finance
NOTE: A Maximum of 4 UNITS from the following Economics courses can count for one Finance Elective.
- ECON 311 - Intermediate Microeconomics
- ECON 312 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
- ECON 318 - Game Theory
- ECON 320 - Econometrics
- ECON 350 - Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions
- ECON 370 - International Economics
- ECON 415 - Mathematics for Economists
- ECON 416 - Special Topics in Mathematics for Economists
- ECON 451 - Monetary Economics
- ECON 455 - Options and Futures
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