Students who complete a degree in Finance will be able to analyze financial statements, calculate the value of stocks, bonds, options and futures, apply various capital budgeting investment methods, quantify interest rate risk of bond portfolios and evaluate factors affecting interest rates. Finance students are strongly encouraged to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional designation and/or one of the many designations in the insurance and banking industries.
Performance Learning initiatives include interning for corporations, financial institutions or investment firms and hands-on management of the Tabor Investment Portfolio for at least one semester each.
Finance graduates obtain employment as financial analysts, investment managers, commercial lending officers and insurance underwriters.
$55,138 Average starting salary for graduates
*National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2018
Departmental Course Offerings
Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.
FI300. Personal Finance
This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge of how to successfully handle their personal finances at all stages of their life. This course covers financial planning, managing money and credit, insurance issues, investing topics, retirement and estate planning and dealing with financial life events. Open to all majors. Pre-requisite: Junior standing. (1 credit)
FI301. Markets and Institutions
This course covers the functions of financial markets and the basic management of financial institutions. Institutions studied include banks, securities firms, and insurance companies. Concepts include risk management, interest rates, and Federal Reserve policy. Pre-requisite: FI340. (3 credits)
FI314. Insurance and Risk Management
This course introduces the basic concepts of insurance and risk management. It covers the definition and measurement of risk, methods of risk management and pricing mechanisms. Topics include identification and insurability of risk, property and casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement and worker's compensation plans and regulation of the insurance industry.
FI340. Introduction to Financial Management
An introduction to the terms and concepts involved in financial management. This is a managerial decision-oriented course involving team and individual processes. Financial analysis, forecasting and planning, break-even analysis, sources of financing, analysis of capital project opportunities as well as short-term asset management, cash budgeting and credit policy, valuation. Pre-requisites: AC240, EC100 or EC110. (3 credits)
This course is the basic finance course regarding investment management. Concepts include return, risk and diversification as they apply to money market, capital market, and derivative securities. Pre-requisite: FI340. (3 credits)
FI354. International Trade and Finance
Principles of international trade, exchange rates and balance of payments adjustments. Methods of financing international trade. The international financial institutions that aid the flow of funds. Working capital considerations and capital budgeting problems of the multinational corporation. Pre-requisites: Junior standing, EC100, EC110, FI340. (3 credits)
FI365. Corporate Finance
Analysis of financial problems of business enterprises and formulation of financial policies with emphasis on concepts such as Economic Value Added and Market Value Added. Short-term investment and financing decisions. Financial Statement Analysis. Development of long-term investment theory and financing decision making with emphasis on the valuation process. Financing choices and cost of capital, capital budgeting and dividend policy. Pre-requisites: FI340 or consent of instructor. (3 credits)
FI410. Bank Management
This course is both a practical and a concept-oriented treatment of the workings of today's banking system. It reviews fundamentals of financial markets and proceeds with a detailed analysis of the central banking system, debt and mortgage capital markets, financial institutions and the management of the different types of risk that these institutions face. Pre-requisite: FI301. (3 credits)
FI452. Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
Advanced evaluation of securities, determinants of their value, methods of combining securities in the construction of investment portfolios. Portfolio theory strategies. Extensive project analysis of an industry and company stock. Pre-requisite: FI352. (3 credits)