In accordance with the missions of Concord University and the Department of Business, the mission of the finance emphasis is to educate our students with a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of finance. We strive to transform our students into graduates who think critically, are able to analyze financial information, and make sound financial decisions for a modern corporation. Additionally, ethical awareness and behavior are discussed where relevant.

The emphasis in Finance focuses on providing students with a broad foundation in financial theory and practice. Our goal is to ensure that our students have a working knowledge of the tools they will use on a day-to-day basis to make financial decisions in financial institutions and markets. Students build this foundation through a curriculum that balances discussion of important theories and concepts with practical application of this information to perform analyses and make decisions that simulate real-world financial management scenarios.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of finance occupations is projected to grow 10% from 2016-2026 with median salaries roughly $66,530.

In addition to the Assurance of Learning Goals for the Business Administration Program, the finance emphasis identifies the following learning objectives:

Apply techniques of financial management Demonstrate how to apply techniques commonly employed in financial management to analyze financial management decisions common to corporations. FIN 311 (I)

FIN 315 (M)

Develop a comprehensive understanding of investments Analyze markets, trading, sectors, valuation, efficient market theory, portfolio management, technical analysis and behavioral finance. FIN 311 (I)

FIN 316 (M)

Develop a comprehensive understanding of issues relating to risk management of a financial firm Explain interest rate determination and forecasting of interest rates, term structure of interest rates, duration and bond portfolio management, future markets, interest rate swaps, option markets as risk management tools. FIN 311 (I)

FIN 407 (M)

Comprehension of international financial management Students should be able to describe the alternative uses of futures, forwards, swaps and options to manage market risks related to changes in currency exchange rates. FIN 311 (I)

FIN 436 (M)

Introductory Level (I)       Mastery Level (M)