University Bulletin 2017-2018

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Economics and Finance (BSBA)

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements - Major in Economics
and Finance

To graduate, students complete a minimum of 122 semester hours with an overall institution grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 (38 hours of general education requirements and 84 hours of business courses). In addition, a grade of at least C is required in each of the Basic Business Techniques courses and a 2.0 GPA is required in the 300-level business core courses, and a 2.0 GPA is required for all courses counted in the Economics and Finance Major, which include the following: 

Concentration in Economics  Course Title Credit Hours
ECO 315  Intermediate Microeconomics 3
FIN 343 Money Markets & Financial Institutions 3
ECO 316  Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
ECO 330  Current Global Economic Issues 3
ECO 491  History of Economic Thought 3
Choose four electives from the following:   12
ECO 318  Principles of Managerial Economics  
ECO 322  Economics of Industrial Organization  
ECO 323  Public Finance  
ECO 343  Labor Economics  
ECO 363 International Economics  
ECO 372 Urban Economics  
ECO 383  Economic History of the United States  
ECO 390 Environmental Economics  
ECO 451 Mathematical Economics  
ECO 453 Introduction to Econometrics  
FIN 420  Investments  
FIN 430  Derivative Securities  
Total   27
Concentration in Finance Course Title Credit Hours
ECO 315  Intermediate Microeconomics 3
FIN 343  Money Markets & Financial Institutions 3
FIN 332  Multinational Finance 3
FIN 350  Financial Statement Analysis & Corporate Strategy 3
FIN 410 Intermediate Business Finance 3
FIN 411  Advanced Business Finance 3
FIN 420  Investments 3
Choose two electives from the following:   6
FIN 344  Real Estate  
FIN 345 Principles of Insurance  
FIN 370 Short-Term Financial Management  
FIN 421  Security Analysis & Portfolio Management  
FIN 425 Student Managed Investment Fund I  
FIN 426 Student Managed Investment Fund II  
FIN 430  Derivative Securities  
FIN 445  Life and Disability Insurance  
FIN 446 Real Estate Finance & Investments  
FIN 470  Depository Institutions Management I  
FIN 471  Depository Institutions Management II  
Total   27
Concentration in Real Estate Course Title Credit Hours
ECO 315  Intermediate Microeconomics 3
FIN 343  Money Markets & Financial Institutions 3
FIN 344 Real Estate Principles 3
FIN 444  Real Estate Valuation 3
FIN 446 Real Estate Finance & Investments 3
FIN 448 Real Estate Law 3
Plus three (3) electives from the following:   9
ECO 372 Urban Economics  
FIN 345 Principles of Insurance  
FIN 350 Financial Statement Analysis  
FIN 420 Investments  
FIN 494 Directed Studies in Finance  
MGT 457 Franchising  
MKT 381 Sales Management & Personal Selling  
Total   27
Department of Economics and Finance (251) 460-7171
Chair Kenneth J. Hunsader 
Professors Hunsader, Swofford, Wood
Associate Professor Pennywell
Assistant Professors Affuso, Cummings, Huang, Istiak, Lahtinen, Lawrey, Le, Wiser

Department of Economics and Finance web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/mcob/economic_and_finance

The Economics and Finance major is designed to prepare students for managerial positions in business and government. Three concentrations are available within the Economics/Finance major: Economics, Finance, and Real Estate. All Economics/Finance majors are required to take the following two courses and choose one concentration area:

  • ECO 315
  • FIN 343

The economics concentration

The Economics program is designed to prepare students for professional careers in managerial positions, government, administration, education, and others. Positions in business economics and graduate study require knowledge of economics and the application of economic tools to analyze problems for decision-making.

The finance concentration

The Finance program is designed to provide an understanding of the various areas and principles of finance. Students will develop a body of specialized knowledge and analytical techniques that are used in the acquisition, allocation and management of financial resources. Finance careers are typically in industry and commercial businesses, public utilities and government agencies, banks, insurance companies, brokerage houses, investment companies and other financial institutions. The finance degree is appropriate for students who plan a career in corporate finance, financial planning, investment planning and research, or insurance.

The Real Estate Concentration

The Real Estate program is designed to educate and prepare students for the myriad of professional careers available in residential, commercial, and related real estate industries.  Students will develop the specialized quantitative and qualitative skills necessary to elevate their knowledge of real estate as an asset class and investment vehicle.  Studying real estate will better prepare students for the unique demands and complex risks associated with real estate practice and investment.  Additionally, exposure to active real estate professionals through coursework and internships will provide students the opportunity to begin building a professional network that will add value to their education, and enhance their career prospects upon graduation.