Finance

Finance Major

WHY CHOOSE A FINANCE MAJOR?

  • It is an excellent choice for students interested in integrating and applying knowledge gained from accounting, economics and management coursework to make prudent, informed decisions.
  • It prepares students for a broad range of career options in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors. Finance majors may seek opportunities in corporate and public finance, financial research and analysis, asset management, insurance, risk management and consulting.
  • Gordon finance majors bring integrity and Christian ethics to their professions because of the College’s emphasis on integrating faith with professional development.

WHAT DO FINANCE MAJORS STUDY?

Coursework in the major enables students to develop global perspectives on markets and economies, hone creative, problem-solving skills and acquire technical capabilities to be responsible stewards of financial resources. At Gordon, finance students learn about:

  • Economic theories underpinning markets, interest rates and financial decision-making
  • Interpretation and analysis of financial statements
  • Techniques related to capital budgeting and valuation of assets and securities
  • Ethical issues in financial management
  • What it means to serve the Kingdom of God with finance and as a Christian in the financial sector.

Finance students are well-prepared for graduate studies as Gordon’s Finance curriculum meets the CFA Institute’s “Recognized University” requirements. Qualified students are prepared to study for Level I of the CFA Exam prior to graduation. Finance students often complete internships in their junior or senior year, which confers a considerable advantage in securing permanent employment upon graduation.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A FINANCE MAJOR?

The finance major utilizes foundational and elective courses from both accounting and economics to develop the tools and understanding essential to competent financial theory and practice. In addition to learning about financial planning and control, capital budgeting and development of capital resources, the knowledge base is extended to cover the study of international capital markets and financial institutions, culminating in the senior-level ECB467 Advanced Corporate Finance.

Completing the Finance major requires at most 64 credits in total. The major and Gordon’s core curriculum fit easily into a 4-year undergraduate program. The following courses are required:

Required Foundations Courses
ECB101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECB102 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECB211 Statistics in Business and Economics
ECB311 Intermediate Microeconomics
One of the following courses: (or equivalent validation)
MAT134 Survey of Calculus
MAT141 Calculus I
Finance core
ECB117, 118 Principles of Accounting I, II
ECB247 Financial Management
ECB320 Business Law
ECB330 Financial Markets and Institutions
ECB366 International Economics
ECB372 Investment Analysis
ECB467 Advanced Corporate Finance
ECB492 Senior Seminar: Management, Strategy and Ethics
An additional 8 credits of elective courses from the approved list below:
ECB245 Principles of Management
ECB277 Principles of Marketing
ECB305 Economic Development
ECB313 Econometrics
ECB324 Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECB362 Cost Accounting
ECB364 Federal Income Taxation
ECB369 International Capitalisms: Asia, U.S. and Europe
ECB374 Small Business Management
ECB440 International Business
ECB471 Research I

 

Graduate Studies
Students interested in graduate work in finance should elect:

MAT141 Calculus I
MAT142 Calculus II
MAT223 Calculus III
ECB313 Econometrics
MAT318 Probability
MAT319 Statistics

 

MAT318-319 also waives ECB211. Students must continuously maintain a 2.0 GPA within the major.