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Finance

Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

The primary objective of the Finance program, including concentrations in Business Finance, Banking and Financial Services, Real Estate, and minor in Risk Management and Insurance, is to provide the basic concepts, principles and analytical tools essential for business decisions in the fields of finance. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad background for effective functioning within the discipline:

Finance majors study the social, economic, and regulatory environment, theory and techniques of decisions on business firms, including the applied areas of investment, financial institutions, real estate, and risk management and insurance. Finance majors also are strongly encouraged to take FIR 1220 (Personal Financial Management) during their first two years of study.  FIR 1220 (Personal Financial Management) is available to be taken by high school students through the University’s dual enrollment program. Program objectives for the B.B.A. in Finance are found here.

Professional Real Estate Certificate

A Professional Real Estate Certificate is designed for students who desire careers in real estate or for the real estate professional seeking continuing education. It consists of the six required courses (18 hours): FIR 3310, 3410, 4310, 4320, 4340 and 4350. This program is independent of any University of Memphis degree program. No transfer credit will be accepted for these six courses. For non-business degree students, there are no prerequisites required. These classes are available on campus and online. Also, out-of-state online student are eligible for a scholarship to offset the difference between out-of-state fees and in-state fees.

Finance Major (B.B.A.)

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements. Note that MATH 1830, 1421, or 1910 (Mathematics requirement) with a minimum grade of "C", ECON 2010 and 2020 (Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement) are specified for the B.B.A. degree.

B. College and Degree (B.B.A.) Requirements (42 hours)

Lower Division Business Core Curriculum (12 hours)

No grade below “C” and 2.25 GPA (2.5 for accounting majors) in ECON 2010, ECON 2020 and the following lower division courses

ACCT 2010 Fundamentals of Accounting I (3)

ACCT 2020 Fundamentals of Accounting II (3)

SCMS 2710 Business Analytics-Statistics (3) or MATH 1530 Prob/Statistics/Non Calculus (3)

MIS 2749 Introduction to Business Microcomputer Applications (3)

Upper Division Business Core Curriculum (30 hours)

No grade below "C" and 2.25 GPA in the following courses:

ACCT 3130 Legal, Social, and Political Environment of Business (3)

FIR 3410 Financial Management (3)

MGMT 3110 Organization and Management (3)

MGMT 4710 Strategic Management (3) (Enrollment usually limited to graduating seniors)

MKTG 3010 Principles of Marketing (3)

MGMT 3510 Business Communication (3)

SCMS 3510 Operations Management (3)

SCMS 3711  Business Analytics - Tools (3)

MIS 3210 Critical Thinking in Project Management for Business (3)

Choose One:

ACCT 4625 International Accounting: IFRS vs US GAAP (3); MGMT 4810 International Management (3); MKTG 4530 International Marketing (3); ECON 4350 International Economics (3); FIR 4550 International Finance (3); MGMT 4510 International Business Communication and Negotiation (3); MIS 4310 Global Information Technology (3); ECON 4351 International Monetary Economics: Theory and Policy (3); one course from FIR 4110-4119 (3) when the topic pertains to international business and has been approved in advance by the department chair.

Transfer students are referred to the section Transfer Credit in the College of Business and Economics description.

C. The Major (24 hours)

No grade below "C" and a minimum 2.25 GPA in the major.

1. Core requirements: A minimum of 24 upper division semester hours in courses as follows: FIR  3720, 4440, and one of the following concentrations.

2. Concentrations (18 hours)

a. Banking and Financial Services: FIR 3710 or 4730, FIR 4710, 4720, 4911, and 6 hours from ECON 3610, FIR 3310, 3810, 4011, 4310, 4320, 4331, 4350, 4610, 4810, 4870

b. Business Finance: FIR 3710 or 4730, FIR 4610 and 12 hours from the following: at least three courses from FIR 4331, 4550, 4710, 4720, 4721, 4770, 4911; no more than one course from FIR 3310, 4870, ECON 4112, 4120, MIS 3775

c. Real Estate: FIR 3310, 4320, 4350, three courses from FIR 4310, 4340, 4911, ECON 4112, ESCI 4515

D. Electives (13 hours)

Lower division or upper division courses to bring the total of hours earned to 120.

Banking and Financial Services Minor

For students whose major is in another department in The Fogelman College of Business and Economics: (9 hours) FIR 3720, 4710 and 4720.

For students whose major is within another college at the University (21 hours) ACCT 2010, ECON 2010, 2020, FIR 3410, 3720, 4710 and 4720.

Business Finance Minor

For students whose major is in another department in The Fogelman College of Business and Economics: 9 upper division hours in finance approved by the finance undergraduate career advisor or department chair.

For students whose major is within another college at the University: (21 hours) ACCT 2010; ECON 2020; FIR 3410, 3710, 3720. Six additional upper division hours approved by the finance undergraduate career advisor or department chair.

Real Estate Minor

For students whose major is in another department in The Fogelman College of Business and Economics: (12 hours) FIR 3310, 4310, and six additional upper division hours in real estate approved by the real estate undergraduate career advisor or department chair.

For students whose major is within another college at the University: (21 hours) ACCT 2010; ECON 2020; FIR 3310, 3410, 4310, and six additional upper division hours in real estate approved by the real estate undergraduate career advisor or  department chair.

Risk Management and Insurance Minor

For students whose major is in The Fogelman College of Business and Economics: (9 hours) FIR 3810, 4870, and three additional upper division hours in insurance approved by the department chair.

For students whose major is within another college at the University: (21 hours) ACCT 2010; ECON 2020; SCMS 2710; FIR 3810, 4870, and six additional upper division hours in insurance or finance approved by the department chair.

Accelerated B.B.A. in Finance with a concentration in 1) Business Finance and 2) Real Estate/M.S. in Business Adminstration with a concentration in 1) Business Finance and 2) Real Estate

This program allows outstanding undergraduates to begin the coursework for the Master of Science in Business Adminstration during their senior year. Students are encouraged to begin planning to enter the Accelerated B.B.A./M.S. program early in their undergraduate career, in consultation with their advisor in the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate.

Working with the undergraduate and graduate academic coordinators, undergraduates selected into this program begin a carefully tailored course of study which will allow them to complete their B.B.A. degree while they also begin the coursework toward their M.S.

To apply, students must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average, and must submit two reference letters and a copy of their transcript to the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. Each applicant will complete an interview with the graduate academic coordinator in finance, insurance and real estate.

Students must also apply to the Graduate School for the accelerated B.B.A./M.S. program, which allows them to take graduate courses in finance, insurance and real estate. To continue in the program past the B.B.A., students must apply for full admission into the Graduate School and into the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate department's M.S. program.

Only in ABM programs, up to 9 hours of graduate course work may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. However, any graduate coursework will not apply to undergraduate GPA.

Typical 4-Year Banking and Financial Services Concentration Sequence:

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
FIR 1220 or Elective 3 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 ECON 2020 3
Elective 1-3 MIS 2749 3
MATH 1710 (if needed) 3 MATH 1830, 1421, or 1910 3
       
Semester Totals 13-15 hrs   15 hrs

Sophomore Year

ACCT 2010 3 ACCT 2020 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202* 3 Natural Science* 4
COMM 2381 3 History* 3
Natural Science* 4 Elective 3
SCMS 2710 or MATH 1530 3 ECON 2010 3
 
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

FIR 3410 3 FIR 3710 or 4730 3
MIS 3210 3 FIR 3720 3
SCMS 3711 3 SCMS 3510 3
MGMT 3510 3 FIR elective 3
ACCT 3130 3 MGMT 3110 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

FIR 4440 3 FIR 4720 3
FIR 4710 3 FIR 4911 3
History* 3 Elective 3
MKTG 3010 3 FIR elective 3
International Business elective 3 MGMT 4710 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Total Hours: 120-122

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

Typical 4-Year Business Finance Concentration Sequence:

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
ECON 2010 3 History* 3
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 ECON 2020 3
FIR 1220 or Elective 1-3 MIS 2749 3
MATH 1710 (if needed) 3 MATH 1830, 1421, or 1910 3
       
Semester Totals 13-15 hrs   15 hrs

Sophomore Year

ACCT 2010 3 ACCT 2020 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202* 3 Natural Science* 4
COMM 2381 3 History* 3
Natural Science* 4 Elective 3
SCMS 2710 or MATH 1530 3 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
 
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

FIR 3410 3 FIR 3710 or 4730 3
MIS 3210 3 FIR 3720 3
SCMS 3711 3 SCMS 3510 3
MGMT 3510 3 FIR elective 3
ACCT 3130 3 MGMT 3110 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

FIR 4440 3 FIR 4610 3
FIR elective 3 FIR elective 3
FIR elective 3 Intl Business elective 3
MKTG 3010 3 MGMT 4710 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Total Hours: 120-122

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

Typical 4-Year Real Estate Concentration Sequence:

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
History* 3 FIR 1220 or Elective 3
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 Humanities* 3
MIS 2749 3 ECON 2010 3
MATH 1710 (if needed) 3 MATH 1830, 1421, or 1910 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Sophomore Year

ACCT 2010 3 ACCT 2020 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202* 3 History* 3
Natural Science* 4 Natural Science* 4
COMM 2381 3 ECON 2020 3
SCMS 2710, or MATH 1530 3 Elective 1-3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   14-16 hrs

Junior Year

FIR 3410 3 FIR elective 3
ACCT 3130 3 FIR 3720 3
SCMS 3711 3 SCMS 3510 3
MIS 3210 3 MGMT 3510 3
MGMT 3110 3 FIR 3310 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

FIR 4440 3 MKTG 3010 3
FIR 4320 3 FIR 4350 3
FIR elective 3 Intl Business elective 3
FIR elective 3 MGMT 4710 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Total Hours: 120-122

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement