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Finance concentration

The major in finance prepares students for graduate-level study of finance and for careers in corporate finance, the securities industry, banking, financial planning or insurance/risk management. Students choose a concentration in one of three tracks: finance, financial planning or insurance/risk management. Students must receive a “C” or better in each of the major requirements and must have a GPA of 2.0 or better in the track courses.

Courses directly related to risk, insurance and employee benefits are approved for 42 Virginia insurance continuing-education credits for insurance agents. Contact the coordinator of insurance studies for further information.

Students in the financial planning track are urged to take modules in the VCU financial planning certificate program. A minimum grade of C in these modules, combined with successful completion of the degree requirements of the program in finance will allow the student to sit for the examination necessary to become a certified financial planner. Contact the chair of the department for further information.

The major requirements of the program are outlined below. For details on the entire program, see the General requirements for business degrees section of this bulletin.

Major requirements
Finance track
Financial planning track
Insurance and risk management track

Major requirements
Credits
 
FIRE 312 Intermediate Financial Management
3
FIRE 314 Investments
3
FIRE 333 Risk and Insurance
3
FIRE 437 Funds Management in Financial Institutions
3
Select one of the three tracks (below)
15
 
 
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Finance track
Credits
 
FIRE 414 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
3
FIRE/INTL 416 International Financial Management
3
FIRE 417 Cases in Financial Management
3
FIRE 455 Options, Futures and Swaps
3
 
Approved finance elective:
3
ACCT 303 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 306 Cost Accounting
ECON 307 Money and Banking
ECON 402 Business Cycles and Forecasting
FIRE/INTL 413 Comparative Financial Systems
FIRE 424 Property and Liability Insurance
FIRE 426 Life and Health Insurance
FIRE 429 Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets
FIRE 465 Managing Financial Risk
FIRE 491 Topics in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
FIRE 493 Internship in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
 
Track total
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Financial planning track
Credits
 
ACCT 405 Tax Accounting Principles
3
FIRE 414 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
3
FIRE 426 Life and Health Insurance
3
FIRE 428 Employee Benefit Planning
3
 
Approved financial planning elective:
3
ACCT 303 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 410 Advanced Tax Accounting
ECON 307 Money and Banking
ECON 402 Business Cycles and Forecasting
FIRE/INTL 416 International Financial Management
FIRE 417 Cases in Financial Management
FIRE 424 Property and Liability Insurance
FIRE 429 Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets
FIRE 430 Issues in Risk Management and Insurance
FIRE 432 Insurance Law
FIRE 455 Options, Futures and Swaps
FIRE 465 Managing Financial Risk
FIRE 491 Topics in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
FIRE 492 Independent Study in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
FIRE 493 Internship in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
MKTG 315 Buyer Behavior
MKTG 435 Personal Selling and Sales Management
MKTG 442 Services Marketing
 
Track total
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Insurance and risk management track
Credits

 

 

FIRE 424 Property and Liability Insurance
3
FIRE 426 Life and Health Insurance
3
FIRE 428 Employee Benefit Planning
3
 
Choose one of the following:
3
FIRE 332 System Safety
FIRE 430 Issues in Risk Management and Insurance
FIRE 432 Insurance Law
FIRE/MGMT 444 Occupational Safety, Health and Security
FIRE 465 Managing Financial Risk
   
Approved insurance/risk management elective:
3
ACCT 405 Tax Accounting Principles
ECON 307 Money and Banking
ECON 421 Government and Business
FIRE 332 System Safety
FIRE 334 Incident Investigation and Analysis
FIRE/INTL 413 Comparative Financial Systems
FIRE 414 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
FIRE/INTL 416 International Financial Management
FIRE 417 Cases in Financial Management
FIRE 430 Issues in Risk Management and Insurance
FIRE 432 Insurance Law
FIRE/MGMT 444 Occupational Safety, Health and Security
FIRE 455 Options, Futures and Swaps
FIRE 493 Internship in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
MGMT 331 Human Resource Management
 
Track total
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