Quad Cities Campus

Minor in Finance

Minor in Finance: 16 s.h.

  1. FIN 311 or FIN 331: 3 s.h.
  2. Finance Electives: 9 s.h.
  3. Business Electives: 4 s.h.

Course Descriptions


301 Personal Financial Planning. (3) An introductory personal money management course. Topics studied will include managing cash income, home ownership, investments, insurance, income and estate tax planning, and retirement planning.

311 Introduction to Finance. (3) Introductory course in the study of money and its management for nonfinance majors. The course is divided into three sections that encompass the major areas of finance: financial institutions and markets, investments, and business finance. Not available to students who are currently enrolled in or have completed FIN 331. Prerequisites: MATH 100 or higher.

321 Principles of Real Estate. (3) The study of real estate with an emphasis on a broad coverage of all areas including but not limited to markets, legal concepts, financing, brokerage, appraising, and governmental influence.

331 Financial Management I. (3) Financial organization and the principles and practices of decisionmaking involving financial analysis, valuation, capital allocation, and budgeting. Cases and readings are utilized to study problems and techniques of financial analysis. Prerequisites: ACCT 201.

341 Financial Institutions. (3) A study of the major financial institutions including commercial banks, savings institutions, credit unions, mutual funds, insurance companies, securities firms, finance companies, and pension funds. Prerequisites: MATH 100 or higher.

351 Risk Management and Insurance. (3) Topics examined include: the risk management concept of insurance, the insurance mechanism as a risk treatment device, and the implementation of risk management decisions using insurance and noninsurance tools in personal lines. Prerequisite: MATH 100 or higher.

371 Investments. (3) Examines the securities markets, security regulation, classes of securities, and sources of information. Other topics studied include the theory of risk and return, variable and fixed income security valuation, and an introduction to fundamental and technical analysis. Prerequisites: MATH 100 or higher.

400 Finance Internship. (1–12, repeatable to 12) Integrates finance theories with application to actual business practice. All internships are supervised by a faculty coordinator and an executive in the business firm. For maximum credit, position must be full-time for 16 weeks. Proportional credit available for shorter internships or with less working hours. These credits cannot be applied toward meeting the requirements for a finance minor. Prerequisites: finance major or minor, minimum junior standing, 2.75 GPA, 9 s.h. of finance coursework, and written approval of the department chairperson. Graded S/U only.

421 Real Estate Finance and Investment. (3) The study of instruments, techniques, and institutions of real estate finance. This course analyzes mortgage and property investment risk, the secondary mortgage market, and the financial arrangements used in the financing of residential, industrial, and commercial properties, including commercial leasing. Prerequisite: FIN 321 or permission of instructor.

431 Financial Management II. (3) Theories and practices applicable to the financial administration of the firm involving cost of capital, financial structure, dividend policy, long- and short-term financing, reorganization, and international aspects. Cases and readings are utilized to study problems and techniques of financial analysis. Prerequisite: FIN 311 or 331.

441 Bank Management. (3) A study of the functions, operations policies, organization, management, and supervision of individual banks. Cases and computer simulation are used. Prerequisite: FIN 341.

451 Personal Insurance and Estate Planning. (3) This course examines such issues as the role of life insurance in personal risk management; the investment value of life insurance products; and Social Security, insurance, trust, and annuities in programming and estate planning. Prerequisite: FIN 351 or permission of instructor.

452 Commercial Property and Liability Insurance. (3) The study of risk management techniques and concepts as they relate to commercial lines. Insurance and noninsurance techniques (such as fidelity and surety bonding) as they are used to deal with business risks are examined. Prerequisite: FIN 351 or permission of instructor.

460, 461 Independent Study in Finance I, II. (1–3 each, not repeatable) Prerequisite: finance major or minor, 2.75 GPA or higher, 12 s.h. of finance coursework, and written permission of instructor and chairperson.

471 Security Analysis. (3) Techniques of security analysis. A study of portfolio theory including asset pricing, the efficient frontier, capital asset pricing theory, single index models, and the practical application of these techniques in investment policies and practices. Other topical areas include fixed income portfolio management and portfolio performance evaluation. Prerequisite: FIN 371.

Seminars in Finance. (3) Each offering in this series is designed to provide students with an opportunity for intensive study in current theory and unresolved problems in the selected area. Open to finance majors or minors in their senior year.

493 Seminar in Banking. (3) Prerequisites: FIN 341.

495 Seminar in Real Estate. (3) Prerequisite: FIN 321 or permission of the instructor.

496 Seminar in Investments. (3) Prerequisite: FIN 371.

497 Seminar in Financial Management. (3) (Global Issues) Prerequisite: FIN 311 or 331. Also open to international business minors if international topic.