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    Honorary fraternity
    Gamma Iota Sigma
    opens doors for its members
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    MTSU's Insurance program offers both personal and professional development
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    Dozens of Insurance students receive scholarships annually
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    At MTSU, insurance courses focus on today's world

Insurance

Insurance. The reader may be well acquainted with this subject if he or she has experienced the pangs and the panic of redesigning the front bumper of dad's car. Insurance is one of those things we purchase and hope we never have to use. Most of us seldom pull the policy out of the file, but we're glad it's there … or somewhere. To the average consumer, purchasing insurance is gaining peace of mind and financial security against the possibility of a catastrophic event. A student who studies insurance at MTSU will interact with industry professionals, have the opportunity to join an award-winning honorary insurance fraternity, and earn scholarships and internships.

A solid foundation for her career

A solid foundation for her career

Insurance major Nicole Brockman spoke highly of her MTSU professors “whose teaching skills matched their knowledge … and who actually cared about the success of their students.” She added that the variety of classes provided a good foundation that potential employers have come to expect of college graduates. While a student, Nicole says she had open access to professionals working in the field. Today, Nicole is director of Compliance and Implementation with The General Insurance Company.

Helping people to recover

Helping people to recover

Thirty years ago Denny O'Donald attended his first class at MTSU. “I knew I wanted to major in insurance but had no idea how this field of study would impact my life,” he says. Through MTSU's insurance program Denny became interested in helping people recover from unexpected loss. Today, he is celebrating 26 successful years in property and casualty with State Farm Insurance. Denny's office is in the regional headquarters in Murfreesboro.

Students in the insurance program are strongly encouraged to work toward achieving professional designations. Four very prestigious insurance and risk management designations are the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Career opportunities include

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Agent
  • Broker
  • Claims adjuster
  • Compliance auditor
  • Data mining analyst
  • Loss control specialist
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Self-employed
  • Service representative
  • Underwriter

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • A.J. Gallagher
  • Acceptance
  • Allstate
  • American General
  • Auto Owners Insurance
  • Caterpillar Financial
  • Cigna
  • CNA
  • Direct General
  • Farm Bureau
  • Federated
  • Farmers
  • Geico
  • Hanover
  • HCA
  • Humana
  • John Hancock
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Nationwide/Allied
  • New York Life
  • NHC
  • Northwestern
  • Permanent General
  • Shelter
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Travelers
  • United Healthcare
  • Zurich

Students earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Finance with a concentration in Insurance. Students may select to emphasize property and casualty, life and health, estate planning, financial planning, employee benefits or risk management. Other concentrations available in the Department of Economics and Finance under the Finance major are Business Finance, Financial Institution Management, and Real Estate. 

A minor in Insurance and a composite minor in Real Estate/Insurance are available. Other undergraduate minors include Economics, Economics and Finance, Industrial Relations, Finance, and Real Estate.

The Department of Economics and Finance also offers two undergraduate degrees with a major in Economics: a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The B.B.A. is a business major, also available with a concentration in Labor Relations. The B.S. is offered through the College of Liberal Arts.

Graduate students can earn Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Economics. Two concentrations are available under the M.A.: Financial Economics and Industrial Relations.

Finance, Insurance Concentration, B.B.A.

Department of Economics and Finance
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In addition to meeting the Jennings A. Jones College of Business requirements, a major in Finance with an Insurance concentration consists of 27 semester hours of finance and requires a minimum of 2.00 GPA. At least 50 percent of the required major hours must be taken in residence at MTSU.

The program below includes a Business Administration minor. An alternate business minor may be chosen, but it may require total hours for graduation to exceed 120.

Required Courses (27 hours)
  • FIN 3610 - General Insurance 3 credit hours §
  • FIN 3910 - Computer Applications in Finance 3 credit hours §
  • FIN 4110 - Managerial Finance 3 credit hours §
  • FIN 4750 - Risk Management 3 credit hours §
  • FIN electives 6 credit hours* §
  • FIN insurance elective 3 credit hours §
6 credit hours from:
  • FIN 3660 - Life Insurance and Health Insurance 3 credit hours 
  • FIN 3710 - Property and Casualty Insurance 3 credit hours
  • FIN 4710 - Insurance in Estate Planning 3 credit hours
  • FIN 4730 - Insurance Company Operations 3 credit hours

NOTE: Students pursuing the CLU should take FIN 3660 and FIN 4710; students pursuing the CPCU should take FIN 3710 and FIN 4730.
* Any finance course can be used for the FIN elective except FIN 2010.

Curriculum: Finance, Insurance Concentration

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • MATH 1630 - College Mathematics for Managerial, Social, and Life Sciences

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT greater than 25 or MATH 1710. Topics include solving systems of linear equations, Leontief models, linear programming, mathematics of finance, set theory, and probability theory.

  • MATH 1810 - Applied Calculus I  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1810 - Applied Calculus I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Eligibility to take MATH 1710. First of a four-course sequence. Introduces mathematical modeling applied to real-world problems. Sets, functions, inverse models, limits, continuity, first and second order model building, single variable differentiation, implicit differentiation, inverse problems (exponential and log models). First and second derivatives used to study the behavior of real-world applications.

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1910 - Calculus I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. An introduction to calculus with an emphasis on analysis of functions, multidisciplinary applications of calculus, and theoretical understanding of differentiation and integration. Topics include the definition of the derivative, differentiation techniques, and applications of the derivative. Calculus topics related to trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions also included. Course concludes with the fundamental theorem of calculus; the definition of antidifferentiation and the definite integral; basic applications of integrations; and introductory techniques of integration. Graphing calculator required.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • ACTG 2110 - Principles of Accounting I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Financial accounting for proprietorships and partnerships with emphasis on the accounting cycle for service and merchandising organizations. Additional topics include accounting for receivables; inventories; property, plant, and equipment; and current liabilities. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3000.)

  • ACTG 2120 - Principles of Accounting II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ACTG 2110. A continuation of financial accounting concepts with emphasis on debt and equity structures, the statement of cash flows, and ratio analysis. Managerial accounting topics include job, standard- and activity-based costing, cost/volume/profit (CVP) analysis, and budgeting. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 2125 or ACTG 3000.) [Same as TBR Community Colleges ACCT 1020.]

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

  • BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods  3 credit hours  *

    BIA 2610 - Statistical Methods

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1630 or MATH 1810. The application of collecting, summarizing, and analyzing data to make business decisions. Topics include measures of central tendency, variation, probability theory, point and interval estimation, correlation and regression. Computer applications emphasized.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

  • BLAW 3400 - Legal Environment of Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and potential liabilities of business persons. Presentation of the dynamic nature of law in responding to the changing social, ethical, political, regulatory, and international environment. Includes the development and nature of the legal system; business crimes; the law of torts and product liability; constitutional limitations on regulatory powers; legislative, judicial, and administrative control of business activity through the laws of business organizations, securities regulations, antitrust laws, employment laws, labor and safety laws, and consumer protection.

  • BCED 3510 - Business Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Keyboarding skills helpful.) A review of the theory and processes in oral and written business communication. Emphasis on the extensive functions of written and electronic communications.

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • MKT 3820 - Principles of Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Survey of the functions, processes, and institutions involved in the distribution of consumer and industrial goods and services. Decision making in marketing management introduced.

  • FIN 3010 - Business Finance  3 credit hours  

    FIN 3010 - Business Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theory of corporate finance, emphasizing wealth creation, valuation, risk, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

  • FIN 3610 - General Insurance  3 credit hours  §

    FIN 3610 - General Insurance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. The principles of risk and risk bearing; insurance carriers; survey of principles of life, health and accident, fire, marine, and automobile insurance policies; government regulation of insurance.

  • FIN 3910 - Computer Applications in Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3000 or FIN 3010 and admission into the College of Business. Employing a computer in economics and financial decision making. Covers spreadsheets, object-relational database management systems, and data warehousing.

  • BUS 3000 - Dale Carnegie Communications and Human Relations Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and major in the Jones College of Business. Uses the proven content and design of a Dale Carnegie seminar which includes lecture, in-class activities, case studies, reflective exercises, and role-play experiences. Helps students develop self confidence and leadership ability, strengthen ability to relate to and motivate others, enhance ability to communicate effectively, reduce stress, and present a positive attitude.

 

  • BIA 3620 - Introduction to Business Analytics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BIA 2610 or equivalent, junior standing. Corequisite: BIA 3621. Introduction to the concepts and application of data analytics in business. Spreadsheet software and associated analytic tools will be utilized to visualize, model, and analyze business data using a hands-on-approach.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • FIN 4110 - Managerial Finance  3 credit hours  §

    FIN 4110 - Managerial Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing; FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00); and admission into the College of Business. A case course emphasizing the financial aspects of management. Topics include financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

  • FIN 4750 - Risk Management  3 credit hours  §

    FIN 4750 - Risk Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3610 and admission into the College of Business. Analysis of major sources of liability loss exposures and the insurance coverages designed to meet those exposures. Noninsurance techniques such as loss control and risk transfer also discussed.

  • BUAD 4980 - Strategic Management  3 credit hours  §

    BUAD 4980 - Strategic Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission into the College of Business; must be taken after completion of the business requirements and in the semester in which the student graduates. Development of top management perspective with emphasis on policy and strategy formulation and evaluation through the demonstration of competence in handling multifunctional business problems. Transfer credit not allowed; must be taken in residence.

6 credit hours from:

  • FIN 3660 - Life Insurance and Health Insurance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Problems of purchaser and seller; critical investigation of life and health insurance with emphasis on social and economic aspects.

  • FIN 3710 - Property and Casualty Insurance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Scope and fundamentals of property and liability insurance; analysis of contracts, rating, underwriting, insurers, and loss of adjustment requirements and procedures.

  • FIN 4710 - Insurance in Estate Planning

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3610 and admission into the College of Business. Insurance as it may relate to estate planning examined in detail. Focus on estate planning principles including the problems of estate liquidity, taxation, governmental regulation, and costs involved in handling estates. Also included are ownership provisions and beneficiary designations, settlement options, and trusts.

  • FIN 4730 - Insurance Company Operations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3610 and admission into the College of Business. Insurance marketing, underwriting, reinsurance, rate making, claims adjusting, loss control activities, and other functions and activities.

NOTE:

Students pursuing the CLU should take FIN 3660 and FIN 4710, and students pursuing the CPCU should take FIN 3710 and FIN 4730.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

NOTE:

*A 2.25 GPA in these courses is required for admission to the Jones College of Business.

§Admission required

Academic Map

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Finance, Insurance, B.B.A., Academic Map  

Dr. Kenneth W. Hollman
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Finance

FIN 2010 - Personal Financial Planning
3 credit hours

Includes budgeting and saving techniques, tax planning, insurance principles, consumer credit, housing, investment alternatives, and retirement and estate issues. This course may not be used as a Finance elective for the Business Finance, Financial Institutions Management, Insurance, or Real Estate concentration.

FIN 3000 - Principles of Financial Management
3 credit hours

Will not substitute for FIN 3010. An overview of the fundamental concepts and tools for financial decision making within a business firm. (Not open to business majors.)

FIN 3010 - Business Finance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theory of corporate finance, emphasizing wealth creation, valuation, risk, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

FIN 3030 - Principles of Real Estate
3 credit hours

Real estate practices and procedures, basic principles of real property ownership utilization and transfer, mortgage financing, brokerage, management, valuation, subdividing, and legislation.

FIN 3090 - Financial Planning
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00); junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Financial and estate planning with a focus on issues and applications relevant to professional financial and estate planners. Topics include the role of the planner, the planning process, insurance planning, estate planning, retirement planning, tax planning, cash management, credit management, and comprehensive financial and estate plans.

FIN 3430 - Public Finance
3 credit hours

(Same as ECON 3430.) Prerequisites: ECON 2410, ECON 2420; junior standing; and admission into the College of Business. Economic foundations of federal tax and expenditure policies. Current issues in federal budget policy. Policy applications illustrating key concepts such as public goods, externalities, income distribution, tax incidence, tax equity, and allocative efficiency. Intergovernmental fiscal relations.

FIN 3610 - General Insurance
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. The principles of risk and risk bearing; insurance carriers; survey of principles of life, health and accident, fire, marine, and automobile insurance policies; government regulation of insurance.

FIN 3660 - Life Insurance and Health Insurance
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Problems of purchaser and seller; critical investigation of life and health insurance with emphasis on social and economic aspects.

FIN 3710 - Property and Casualty Insurance
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Scope and fundamentals of property and liability insurance; analysis of contracts, rating, underwriting, insurers, and loss of adjustment requirements and procedures.

FIN 3810 - Investments
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3010 and admission into the College of Business. Introductory survey course focusing on investment markets and instruments. Emphasis on security characteristics, analysis, and valuation.

FIN 3910 - Computer Applications in Finance
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3000 or FIN 3010 and admission into the College of Business. Employing a computer in economics and financial decision making. Covers spreadsheets, object-relational database management systems, and data warehousing.

FIN 3950 - Intermediate Financial Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00) and admission into the College of Business. Reviews and extends the basics of risk, valuation, and the creation of wealth. Explores capital budgeting, capital structure, and their interactions.

FIN 3970 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

(Same as ECON 3970.) Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Cooperative Education experiences provide students with opportunities for on-the-job training in conjunction with on-campus academics. These courses will not satisfy major or minor requirements. Interested students should contact the Career Development Center. Students will be selected for participation and opportunities may be limited.

FIN 4020 - Treasury Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission to the Jones College; FIN 3010. Introduces students to the concepts and topics necessary to fulfill the primary treasury functions of a business firm. Applies concepts and topics to a variety of business situations and trends.

FIN 4110 - Managerial Finance
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing; FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00); and admission into the College of Business. A case course emphasizing the financial aspects of management. Topics include financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.

FIN 4260 - Financial Markets and Institutions
3 credit hours

(Same as ECON 4260.) Prerequisites: ECON 3210 with a minimum grade of C (2.00); FIN 3010 with minimum grade of C (2.00); and admission into the College of Business. Examines the structure and functioning of our monetary-financial system. Emphasis on the institutional process of financial intermediation in the financial marketplace and the role that specific institutions and instruments play.  

FIN 4310 - Problems in Government Finance
3 credit hours

(Same as ECON 4310). Prerequisites: ECON 2410, ECON 2420, and admission into the College of Business. Current issues in taxation, theory of income taxation, consumption taxes, property and wealth taxes. Advanced treatment of tax incidence, tax efficiency, income distribution, fiscal federalism, and state and local budget issues.

FIN 4360 - Management of Financial Institutions
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ECON 3210 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) and admission into the College of Business. Development of fundamental concepts and principles of sound institution management. Includes the financial environment, strategy, performance measures, asset/liability management topics, within an overall decision framework.

FIN 4390 - Employee Benefits
3 credit hours

(Same as ECON 4390.) Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business.  Includes descriptive review and taxation, legislative, and administrative dimensions of the major components of employee benefit plans such as retirement systems, deferred compensation plans, health insurance, death benefits, disability benefits, paid and unpaid time off. Technical analysis and problem solving emphasized to develop applied skills. Social insurance and international benefits integrated.

FIN 4430 - Real Property Valuation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3030; junior standing;admission into the College of Business; and  FIN 3010 strongly recommended. Theory and methods of real property valuation. Employs qualitative and quantitative analysis to appraise residential and income-producing properties. Emphasizes comparable sales, cost-depreciation, and income capitalization.

FIN 4440 - Real Estate Finance
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business; FIN 3030 and FIN 3010 strongly recommended. Financial analysis applied to various types of real property. Includes underwriting, sources of funds, portfolio problems, and government programs. Emphasizes analysis of money and mortgage markets and modern creative financing.

FIN 4470 - Real Property Law for Commerce and Agriculture
3 credit hours

(Same as ABAS 3140 and BLAW 4470.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and limitations of ownership of property, estates, titles, methods of transferring titles, abstract of titles, mortgages, leases, easements, restrictions on the use of property, real estate development, application of contract law to real property, and the role of real estate in the administration of estates. Emphasis on specific application to agricultural businesses and farms.

FIN 4510 - Real Estate Brokerage and Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3030; junior standing; and admission into the College of Business. Management principles and techniques for the successful real estate brokerage firm. Topics emphasized are organizing, planning, management, marketing, and advertising techniques.

FIN 4550 - Real Estate Investment Analysis
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3030, FIN 3010; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Analysis of real estate projects and markets. Emphasizes market research, taxes, financing techniques, and discounted cash flow analysis. Requires computer-assisted investment tools and case analysis.

FIN 4590 - Independent Study in Real Estate
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Current analysis of issues in the field of real estate with concentration on major problems and policies in managing real estate and other related resources.

FIN 4710 - Insurance in Estate Planning
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3610 and admission into the College of Business. Insurance as it may relate to estate planning examined in detail. Focus on estate planning principles including the problems of estate liquidity, taxation, governmental regulation, and costs involved in handling estates. Also included are ownership provisions and beneficiary designations, settlement options, and trusts.

FIN 4730 - Insurance Company Operations
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3610 and admission into the College of Business. Insurance marketing, underwriting, reinsurance, rate making, claims adjusting, loss control activities, and other functions and activities.

FIN 4750 - Risk Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3610 and admission into the College of Business. Analysis of major sources of liability loss exposures and the insurance coverages designed to meet those exposures. Noninsurance techniques such as loss control and risk transfer also discussed.

FIN 4790 - Independent Study in Insurance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. Application of various insurance coverages to fulfillment of personal, business, and social needs. Special problems chosen or assigned in areas of the student's interest in joint consultation between student and instructor.

FIN 4800 - Microfinance
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3010 and admission into the College of Business. For senior Finance major/minors or M.B.A. students. Explores and analyzes the key issues associated with microfinance and wealth creation. Topics include introduction to microfinance, credit methodology, microfinance institutions, client impact studies, effective interest rates, performance measurement of management, strategic issues in microfinance I: sustainability, challenges in microfinance, other microfinance product and offerings-social businesses and delinquency management.

FIN 4810 - Portfolio Theory and Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing; FIN 3810; and admission into the College of Business. Rigorous development of investment theory from its origins to current extensions and alternatives. Emphasis on investor rationality, efficient portfolio selection, capital asset pricing and options valuation models, and market efficiency.

FIN 4860 - International Financial Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing; admission into the College of Business; and FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00). International capital markets, exchange rate exposure, risk management, and other multinational finance issues. Essential not only for United States exporters, but also for those facing competition from abroad.

FIN 4890 - Internship in Finance
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior status; admission into the College of Business; and recommendation of advisor. Supervised work experience in cooperating business firms or government agencies together with specialized academic study relating to the work experience. Pass/Fail.

FIN 4900 - TVA Investment Challenge
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3010, FIN 3810, and admission into the College of Business. Theories and concepts related to investing, security analysis and portfolio management in the management of a real portfolio of stocks. Topics include TVA investment guidelines, portfolio management strategies, stock selection, investment gurus, individual investment styles, data sources and Internet sites, stock screening techniques, and portfolio rebalancing.

FIN 4910 - Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: FIN 3010 or equivalent and admission into the College of Business. Valuation and hedging of options, forward contracts, futures contracts, swaps, and other derivatives. Examines fundamental tools commonly used for pricing and hedging and options and futures contracts. For undergraduate and graduate students with little mathematics beyond algebra.

FIN 4920 - Business Decisions Using an Intelligence System
3 credit hours
FIN 4950 - Finance Competition and Challenge
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission of department. Students engage in projects related to local, regional, and/or national competitions in finance.

FIN 4990 - Independent Study in Finance
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business.  Problems for intensive study are chosen in joint consultation between student and instructor.