Assets…investments…acquisitions…uncertainty…All these principles and more play into the field of finance—essentially, the science of managing money.
Working in the world of finance means being able to strategize even in uncertainty, to be responsive during moments of chaos and fluctuation and to analyze effectively to make optimal choices and recommendations.
Recognized by the CFA Institute, the finance department in the School of Business Administration is the largest major on the University of San Diego campus. The finance faculty provides a comprehensive background in the areas of corporate finance, investments, international finance and financial institutions—all within a global context.
Elective courses are offered in specialized fields such as commercial banking, derivatives, international financial management, personal finance and new venture finance. The finance department maintains subscriptions to Bloomberg Terminals, CRSP, SDC Platinum, WRDS, Compustat, Datastream, option Metrics and I/B/E/S. Finance majors regularly secure internships with money management firms in San Diego and with other middle-market firms in Los Angeles and Orange County, both less than two hours away.
Our undergraduate finance program ranks number 63 in the nation, according to USA Today, and College Factual.
Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2012-2014, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2014. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.
Lower Division Preparation for the Majors (22-23 units)
Lower-Division Requirements for the majors are the completion of the following courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or better with no grade below C–. Transfer courses must be C or better.
|ACCT 201||Principles of Financial Accounting||3|
|ACCT 202||Principles of Managerial Accounting||3|
|ECON 101||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|ECON 102||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|ECON 216||Statistics for Business and Economics||4|
|ITMG 100||Information Systems||3|
|MATH 130||Survey of Calculus||3|
|MATH 150||Calculus I|
Major in Finance (39 units)
Students majoring in finance must satisfy the USD core curriculum requirements as set forth in this catalog, Lower-Division Requirements for the major, the Professional Development Passport Program and all of the following major requirements:
|DSCI 300||Prescriptive Business Analytics (3)||3|
|DSCI 303||Operations Management||3|
|ETLW 302D||Business and Society||3|
|ETLW 311||Business Law I||3|
|FINA 300||Financial Management||3|
|MGMT 300||Organizational Behavior||3|
|MGMT 490||Strategic Management||3|
|MKTG 300||Fundamentals of Marketing||3|
|FINA 404||Advanced Corporate Finance||3|
|FINA 408||Financial Statement Analysis||3|
|Select two of the following courses:||6|
|FINA 401||Commercial Bank Management|
|FINA 403||Derivatives (3)|
|FINA 405||International Financial Management|
|FINA 406||Personal Finance|
|FINA 407||New Venture Finance|
|FINA 494||Special Topics|
|Any pre-approved Finance elective, which may include a BUSN 498 internship||3|
The finance major requires a minimum of 24 Upper-Division Units in the major be completed at USD, of which 12 units must be in finance.