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Bachelor of Science in Business Finance
Are you a highly motivated individual? Do you possess excellent math skills and enjoy problem solving? Would you like to use your skills to help others and make a difference in your community? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then Western Kentucky University's Finance program may be the right fit for you.
The Business Finance concentration deals with the acquisition and use of funds to maximize firm value. Financial managers make decisions about alternative sources and uses of funds. Proper financial management within the firm helps a business provide better products at reasonable prices to customers and greater returns to the investors who supply the capital needed to form and then operate the business.
The concentration in business finance provides students with not only a broad general educational background but also a thorough professional education in finance. Please take a moment to browse our site for more information on our faculty, curriculum, unique opportunities available to our students and much more.
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Business Finance Admission Requirements
Students must meet the following requirements to gain admission to the Finance Program: (Prospective majors may take no more than 12 hours in the major prior to admission to the program).
- Earn a minimum of 60 hours of course work with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5
- Completion of the following eight admission courses: ACCT 200, ACCT 201, CIS 141, COMM 145, ECON 202, ECON 203, ECON 206 And MATH 123 or MATH 136 or MATH 137 or MATH 142 or MATH 237 or a Math ACT of at least 26 or Math SAT of at least 610.
- Earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in the eight admission courses listed above.
- Completion of FIN 300
Students not meeting the above admission requirements will not be admitted to the Business Finance Program and cannot register for any additional courses in the major beyond the 12 credit hours permitted prior to admission to the program.
Business Finance Curriculum
The Business Finance concentration (reference number 664) requires 73 hours of professional and elective courses and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. No minor or second major is required or prohibited. Finance majors must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in 300 and 400 level finance courses. In addition, finance majors must earn a "C" or better in both FIN 330 (Principles of Finance) and FIN 332 (Investment Theory). All finance students must complete FIN 300 prior to admission to the finance program. All finance majors will be required to participate in an assessment process in FIN 499 (Senior Assessment) prior to graduation.
When planning a program of study in this department, each student should be aware of University academic requirements and regulations for graduation. Specific attention should be given to (a) Academic programs and (b) Colonnade requirements.
A minimum of 120 earned hours are needed to receive a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Finance.
Courses needed to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance (beyond the Colonnade requirements and University academic requirements and regulations for graduation).
|CIS||141||Basic Computer Literacy|
|COMM||145||Fundamentals of Communication & Public Speaking|
|ECON||202||Principles of Microeconomics|
|ECON||203||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|FIN||300||Career Readiness in Finance|
|FIN||330||Principles of Finance|
|MKT||220||Basic Marketing Concepts|
|MGT||200||Legal Environment of Business|
|MGT||210||Organization and Management|
Choose one of the following courses:
Strategy & Policy
Small Business Analysis & Strategy
|ECON||307||Financial Data Modeling|
|FIN||433||Markets and Institutions|
|FIN||436||International Financial Management|
|FIN||437||Corporate Asset Management|
|FIN||438||Corporate Funds Management|
Choose one of the following courses:
Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
Practicum in Portfolio Management
|Students must take 3 additional hours and may choose from the following:|
|FIN||333||Advanced Topics in Personal Financial Planning|
|FIN||435||Commercial Bank Management|
|ACCT||300||Intermediate Financial Accounting I|
|ACCT||430||Federal Taxation - Individuals|
|ACCT||440||Business Law for the Accounting Professional|
In addition, students must take 6 hours of upper level finance electives as well as an additional 3 hours of business electives. Finance electives may be chosen from 300 and 400 level finance courses not already required for the major. The business elective may be chosen from any 300 or 400 level course in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Computer Information Systems, MKT 323 or MKT 325.
For additional information, contact Dr. Chhachhi, Chair of the Finance Department.