Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University

Academic Programs

Finance




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

A student majoring in finance must complete the core requirements of both the University and the Davis College of Business and must earn a “C” or better in FIN 301. Additionally, students must take one business elective course numbered 300 or above outside the Davis College of Business core and major requirements.
Courses Course Credit
FIN 305 Financial Statement Analysis 3
FIN 420 Investment 3
FIN 435 Financial Management^ 3
FIN XXX Finance Electives (2) 6
XXX 300 Business Elective (1)* 3
   
Total: 18

Finance Electives

Courses Course Credit
FIN 306 Real Estate 3
FIN 307 Risk Management & Insurance 3
FIN 310 Financial Markets and Institutions 3
FIN 415 International Finance 3
FIN 432 Security Analysis 3
FIN 440 Portfolio Management 3
 
* Business Elective must be numbered 300 or above outside the Davis College of Business core and major requirements.
^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, a valuable complement for any of the degree programs, is offered by the Davis College of Business and consists of 12 credit hours.
Courses Course Credit
ACCT/FIN 305 Financial Statement Analysis 3
FIN 420 Investments 3
FIN 435 Financial Management 3
 
Choose one (1):  
FIN 306 Real Estate 3
FIN/INB 415 International Finance 3
FIN 432 Security Analysis 3
FIN 480 Venture Finance 3
Total: 12
**Students minoring 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.​