Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University

Academic Programs


AACSBAACSB Accreditation
Finance is the study and practice of decision-making to acquire and manage real and financial assets for the purpose of creating and maintaining economic (market) value. Corporate finance explores how to value the assets a firm acquires, how to raise the necessary funds to purchase and how to manage the acquired assets to maximize the value of the firm. The investment courses examine how to select and value stocks and other financial securities, the theory and practice of portfolio management and the functioning of capital markets. The insurance course examines property, liability, marine and health contracts including both personal and commercial lines.
The finance major includes a broad introduction to business fundamentals, including courses in ethics, communication and leadership. Students majoring in finance will be prepared for career opportunities in corporate financial management, investment analysis and management, and international financial management. The finance major is also an excellent preparation for students planning to enter graduate programs or seeking a professional degree in law, accounting, or other professional programs.
Career Opportunities
The finance program at JU provides the basic foundations for entry-level positions in finance and administration in business or government. Such organizations include the banks, industry, investment houses, brokerage firms, real estate or insurance companies, and city or state governments. Graduates have taken jobs with Merrill Lynch, Intrepid Capital Management, Green Cove Maritime, Southtrust Bank, United Parcel Service (UPS), Banco Di Caribe, Smith Barney and Hospice of North Florida.
Major Requirements
Students majoring in finance must take the Davis College of Business (DCOB) core courses in addition to the following courses:
 Code                  Course                                                   Credit:               
 ACCT/FIN 305  Financial Statement Analysis                    3
 FIN 420              Investments                                                    3
 FIN 435              Financial Management                                3
      Any two 3-credit hour FIN electives,                  6
      selected from 300 or  400 level FIN
      courses, except FIN 300

One (1) 3-credit hour Business Elective Course                     3
numbered 300 or above from outside the DCOB
core and  major requirements.                                                 
                                                                        TOTAL:    18
Additional Requirements
  • Students majoring in finance must earn a "C" or better in FIN 301.
  • FIN 435 should not be taken before the student's senior year unless all other finance course requirements are completed or in process of completion.
Minor Requirements
A minor in finance consists of 9 credit hours: FIN 305, 420, and 435.

Students with a minor in finance must earn a "C" or better in FIN 301. A course taken as part of a major cannot also be used to satisfy the requirements of a minor.
Financial Statement Analysis
FIN 420
FIN 435
Financial Management
DCOB Core Requirements
These courses are to be taken during the freshman and sophomore year*:
ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting I 5
ACCT 202 Principles of Accounting II 5
MGT 308 Business Communications WI/SI 5
MGT 321 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 1, 2, 5
DSIM 203 Applied Business & Econ Analysis 5
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 5
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics 5
MATH 112 Modern App of Mathematics 4, 5
These courses should be taken only when student has attained junior status*:
DSIM 301 Business Statistics
DSIM 305 Quantitative Business Methods
FIN 301 Corporate Finance 1
INB 303 Competing in the Global Environment
MGT 310 Organizational Behavior and Leadership
MGT 320 Leadership
DSIM 370 Management of Information Tech 1,3
MKG 301 Principles of Marketing 
These courses should be taken only when student has attained senior status*:
DSIM 350 Project & Operations Management 1
MGT 432  Business Strategy Venture Dev 1   
* The course listings are an example of a degree plan.
    Students should meet with advisor before selecting
    courses for registration.
1. Except  AVO majors
2. Except  AVM  majors
3. Accounting majors take ACCT 370 instead of
   DSIM 370.
4. MATH 112 or any higher-level mathematics (MATH) course that includes Calculus will fulfill this Core requirement.
5. A “C” (2.0) or better is required in each of the DCOB core courses in order to use these courses as part of the core requirement for all business majors.​