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Undergraduate Programs - Finance

Business School studentsEmployment opportunities in finance include financial management in business, management and non-profit organizations; commercial and investment banking; and brokerage. The major in finance focuses on three general, interrelated areas: (1) the structure and functioning of financial markets and institutions (2) the methods of financing business operations; and (3) security selection and portfolio management for both individual and institutional investors. Recent graduates have been able to advance rapidly within their initial industry choice and also have been able to shift easily in response to attractive opportunities in other institutions.

Employers of Recent Graduates Include:

American Express; Bangor Hydro-Electric; Bath Iron Works; Boston Stock Exchange; Callaway Golf; Circuit City; CU Mortgage Services; Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein; Eastern Maine Health Care; Fidelity of Boston; General Electric; John Deere; Key Bank; Bank of America; NCR; Otis Elevator; Prudential Securities and Scudder (NY).

The Finance major requires 15 credits of upper level courses – four required and one elective.

Required Finance Courses

  • Valuation and Corporate Investment Dynamics (BUA 351)
  • Financial Institutions (BUA 352)
  • Investment Strategy (BUA 353)
  • Financial Derivatives (BUA 454)

Finance Electives

  • Electronic Commerce (BUA 268)
  • Intermediate Accounting (BUA 301)
  • Cost Accounting (BUA 305)
  • Database for Decision Making (BUA 367)
  • International Corporate Finance (BUA 455)
  • International Finance (ECO 339)
  • Applied Economic Data Analysis (ECO 366)
  • International Environmental Economics and Policy (ECO 450)
  • Quantitative Analysis and Forcasting (ECO 488)

Sample Curriculum:  Note that, although the following is a suggested curriculum, students should be aware that upper-level finance classes (not including BUA 350) are offered only once a year.  Students are responsible for the successful completion of prerequisites to upper-level courses. Taking BUA 325 in the junior year is assumed.

Junior Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • BUA 337 Production/Operations Mgmt
  • BUA 350 Business Finance
  • BUA 270 Marketing
  • ENG 317 Business and Technical Writing
  • + 3 credits
  • BUA 351 Valuation and Corporate Investment Dynamics
  • BUA 343 International Business
  • +9 credits
Senior Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • BUA 352 Financial Institutions
  • BUA 353 Investment Strategy
  • Finance Elective
  • +6 credits
  • BUA 449 Strategic Management
  • BUA 454 Financial Derivatives
  • +9 credits


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