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Financial decisions affect everything that an organization does: from multimillion-dollar investments to salary and fringe benefit levels to the appropriate cash balances in a firms bank accounts. In todays global economy, an in-depth understanding of finance enables business and government decision makers and financial managers to deal with currency risks, issuing stock and bonds, incurring and repaying debt, and other aspects of both domestic and international finance.
The finance major involves both required and elective courses in three areas. The area of corporate finance encompasses tools and techniques for valuing productive assets, choosing ways of funding them, and gauging financial success. In the area of investments, theoretical and practical models help assess risks and rewards of stocks, bonds, derivatives, and other “financial assets” (individually and in portfolios), as well as the financial health of firms and institutions offering them to the investing public. The area of markets and institutions explores the ways in which bankers, brokers, and other financial institutions convert savings into productive capital.
The BBA Finance degree is designed to ensure that students understand the role of finance in organizations. Finance graduates work in industry, on Wall Street, in major banking and consulting firms, and as wealth managers.