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Atlanta, GA 30314
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The finance curriculum is designed to provide students with the tools required for careers in financial management in non-financial corporations, the financial services industry, and not-for-profit organizations. The course offerings include required courses for all students enrolled in the School of Business and elective courses for students concentrating in the finance area, including courses in real estate and insurance. The finance department also has academic responsibility for the International Business concentration.

The course offerings are designed to equip students with the breadth of knowledge required to become effective financial analysts and managers in a rapidly changing economic and technological environment.

All undergraduate students in the Business School are required to take the Business Finance (CBUS 341) course as part of the general business core curriculum. In addition, business students with a concentration in finance must take an additional 18 credit hours in approved finance courses, consisting of 12 credit hours of required finance courses and 6 credit hours of approved finance electives.

Students with a concentration in International Business must take an additional 18 credit hours (beyond the business core courses) in approved international business courses, consisting of 9 credit hours of required international business courses and 9 credit hours of approved international business electives. Detailed course requirements for the International Business concentration requirements can be found on the International Business program page.

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REQUIRED COURSES

 

General and Elective Courses Offered by the Finance Department

 

CBUS 250: Personal Finance.

3 credit

The course focuses on aspects of personal financial planning including career planning, tax preparation, risk management and insurance, cash and credit management and budgeting, investing, retirement and real estate planning. This course is counted only as a general elective and nQ1 a finance concentration elective. 

 

CBUS 285: Real Estate Principles and Practices.

3 credit

Introduction to real estate terms, concepts and attributes. The appraisal process and real estate law are also studied. This course meets the educational requirements for the Georgia Real Estate Sales license. This course is counted only as a general elective and not a finance concentration elective.

 

CBUS 297, CBUS 298, CBUS 298: FSI Seminar.

1 credit each

This seminar series is required for participants in the Financial Services Institute (FSI) program, and all three must be taken in successive semesters in order to count as a general elective. In each course, presentations by faculty and practitioner experts cover practical aspects of finance careers. Subjects covered include effective interviewing, business etiquette, leadership success techniques, and a thorough treatment of alternative careers in finance. This course is counted only as a general elective and not a finance concentration elective.

 

REQUIRED CORE COURSE (FOR ALL UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS)

 

CBUS 341: Business Finance.

3 credits

Introductory level course in financial management. Utilizing a risk-return approach, the course focuses on basic principles of financial analysis and forecasting, working capital management, time value of money, introduction to capital budgeting and leverage/risk analysis. Prerequisites: CBUS 207 and CBUS 208 with lie" or better and CECO 251 and CECO 252.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

 

CBUS 360: Principles of Insurance I.

3 credits

Study of the basic uses and functions of insurance as applied to the overall treatment of risk. Presented from the viewpoint of the consumer. Prerequisite: CBUS 341.

 

CBUS 368: Real Estate Finance and Investments

3 credits

This course introduces students to the principles and methods of financing and investing in Real Estate Assets. Topics include financing sources (private and governmental) and different types of financing instruments, and applications of techniques of investment analysis to real property. Prerequisite: CBUS 341.

 

CBUS 420: International Financial Management.
3 credits

Examines international capital movements and balance of payment problems. Students analyze problems of international operations as they affect financial functions and review foreign and international institutions and the foreign exchange process. The course aims at familiarizing students with the concepts of multinational financial management and financial decision-making in the international context. Required course for students with a concentration in Finance or international Business. Prerequisite: CBUS 341.

 

CBUS 451: Commercial Bank Management.
3 credits

The course focuses on the management and operations of commercial banks. Topics covered will include the recent developments in the banking industry, the regulatory environment, the financial performance measurement in banks, asset­ liability management, use of derivatives, the lending process and changes and the changing role of banks in all areas in an increasingly global environment.  Required course for students with a concentration in Finance. Prerequisite: CBUS 341.

 

CBUS 452: Security Analysis and Portfolio Management.
3 credits

Analysis and evaluation of investments in various types of listed securities including stocks, bonds and mutual funds and their performance utilizing financial and statistical models with the aid of investment software. Topics include legal and ethical issues in the investment industry and international investment alternatives. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of diversification portfolio management and performance measurement. Required course for students with a concentration in Finance. Prerequisite: CBUS 341.

 

CBUS 453: Corporate Finance.
3 credits

This course provides students with an understanding of long-term financial decision analysis for corporations. Topics include a thorough analysis of capital expenditure analysis, cost of capital, valuation and concepts of capital structure. Course projects require the use of computers for data collection and financial decision-making. Required course for students with a concentration in Finance. Prerequisite: CBUS 341.

 

CBUS 454: Financial Analysis for Decision Making.
3 credits

Exposes students to various forms of financial decision making in a variety of contexts. Students will practice decision-making skills using financial analysis in assessing firm performance, evaluating financial alternatives and in valuation. Students will develop proficiency in financial statement analysis, financial forecasting, and investment and financing decision analysis. Textbook case studies and computer software with current technology for financial modeling and data analysis are utilized. Prerequisite: CBUS 341.

   
 
CBUS 455: Financial Markets and Institutions.
3 credits
  he course surveys financial markets to examine the process of savings and investment. The role of financial institutions in transferring savings primarily to business enterprises for investment is examined. Students will study the principles of financial markets, develop an understanding of how interest rates are determined and measured, the concept of the required rate of return, the theory of portfolio choice and diversification and will be guided through the process of asset pricing and derivative markets. This course may be used as a substitute for CBUS 451 to satisfy the finance concentration requirement. Prerequisite: CBUS 341.
   
 
CBUS 497: Special Problems in Finance: Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
3 credits
  The intent of the retirement planning course is to provide individuals with knowledge of both public and private retirement plans. The public plans include Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The private plans include pension, profit sharing, defined benefit, defined contribution, nonqualified, and individual plans and their regulatory provisions. The specifics of the various qualified and tax advantaged plans are analyzed as well as non-qualified deferred compensation plans. Other issues that individuals face during employment and retirement, such as life-style choices, and health issues, are also discussed.  This course can be considered finance elective or a business elective

*Note

Finance concentration students should enroll in BUS 452–Securities Analysis and Portfolio Management and BUS 452 – Corporate Finance in the semester immediately following the semester when they complete BUS 341.  This is critical because BUS 454 – Financial Analysis for Decision Making is a capstone course.  The students do not need to enroll in this course until they have successfully completed BUS 341, 452 and 453 (at a minimum).

Also students  should be aware that Corporate Finance (BUS 453), Securities (BUS 452), and Insurance (BUS 360) are only offered in the Spring semester.  In addition, BUS 451 – Institutions, BUS 420 – International Financial Management, BUS 454 – Financial Analysis are offered in the Fall semester only.  Finance students are strongly advised to take Intermediate Accounting I and II.  Intermediate Accounting II may be used as finance elective.