From Seattle University's 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog.
All undergraduate courses are 5 credits, unless otherwise noted.
Syllabi information is for reference only; information may not be current.

FINC 3400 Business Finance

Study of the financial policies and practices of business firms; planning, control, and acquisition of short-term and long-term funds; management of assets; evaluation of alternative uses of funds; capital structure of the firm; cost of capital; financing growth and expansion of business firms. (Offered fall, winter, spring)

Prerequisites: ECON 2130, ACCT 2300, and advanced standing in Albers School.

FINC 3420 Intermediate Corporate Finance

Working capital management, advanced capital budgeting, lease versus buy analysis, dividend policy, capital structure theory, long-term sources of finance and contingent claim as they apply to corporate financial management.

Prerequisite: At least a B- (2.7) in FINC 3400; ECON 3100

FINC 3430 Financial Institutions and Markets

The nature, role, and operation of financial institutions and markets in the economy. The impact on the financial system and industries such as banking and insurance of rapidly changing structural, policy, and international conditions. Focus is on the institutional setting facing businesses today as they cope with financing and risk management concerns.

Prerequisites: At least a B- (2.7) in FINC 3400

FINC 3440 Investments and Portfolio Theory

An introduction to financial investments: the theory, practice and empirical research. Emphasis is placed on developing the risk/return relationship. Topics include modern portfolio theory, (CAPM, APT) market efficiency, derivative assets (options, futures), the pricing of contingent claims, and the influence of taxes and inflation.

Prerequisites: At least a B- (2.7) in FINC 3400

FINC 4400 Risk Assessment and Analysis

An introduction to the evolution, theory, and economics of risk. Develops emerging concept of enterprise risk management, exploring identification, measurement, prioritization and impact or operational, legal, political and financial/market risk, including next generation risk in a rapidly changing global environment. Application of analytical tools for value at risk model to information systems for risk analysis.

Prerequisite: FINC 3400

FINC 4410 Case Problems in Finance

Through the use of cases, students develop skills in identifying problems, conducting analysis, and using financial theory for making decisions in simulated business settings. Investigates strategies for linking risk management with overall corporate strategy.

Prerequisite: FINC 3420, 3430, 3440

FINC 4450 Financial Risk Management

Develops a methodology to establish an organizations risk tolerance policy based on financial capacity and operational strategy. Evaluates risk financing methods and derivative solutions. The use of financial derivatives, including options, futures, swaps and other financial instruments for hedging price, interest rate, currency risks. Explores why all these strategies are not static as business and market conditions change.

Prerequisite: FINC 3420, 3440

FINC 4460 International Corporate and Trade Finance

Investigates techniques used to manage the financial activities of a corporation operating to an international environment. Addresses economic exposure of the firm to exchange rate changes, hedging techniques, capital budgeting, international capital markets, techniques of accessing blocked funds, foreign currency options, and other topics.

Prerequisites: FINC 3400

FINC 4480 Capital Budgeting

Capital budgeting is the activity of allocating capital to alternative investment opportunities facing a firm. This course covers a wide variety of tools, techniques, and issues associated with a firms capital budgeting decision.

Prerequisite: ECON 3100, FINC 3420, 3440

FINC 4490 Senior Seminar

Advanced topics to expose students to recent research in finance in a seminar setting. Topics covered will depend on instructor.

Prerequisites: FINC 3400, 3420, 3440

FINC 4510 Investment Practicum

This course focuses on the application of the fundamental concepts in stock valuation learned in other finance classes to the selection of real companies and the formation of an investment portfolio. The emphasis is on stock selection. Different investment philosophies are studied and applied, including: "value" strategies, "growth" approaches and "momentum" methods. Students in this class will manage a real or virtual portfolio.

Prerequisite: ECON 3100 and FINC 3440, or instructor permission

FINC 4520 Portfolio Management

This course focuses on the design of "efficient" portfolios within a risk-return framework. The subjects included are: setting portfolio objectives and constraints, mean-variance analysis, modern portfolio theory, investment styles, asset allocation, portfolio protection, revision, performance and attribution. Use of portfolio analysis software.

Prerequisite: ECON 3100, FINC 3440

FINC 4600 Crises, Manias, and Crashes

In this course we will look at the prominent features of financial crises from a historical perspective. We examine crises throughout the ages (not just the 20th century). There is a great deal to be learned from a historical perspective since it can be invaluable in enlightening us in making sense of the current confusion, as well as helping us consider the range of likely responses in regard to the recent financial crisis.

Prerequisite: FINC 3400, 3430

FINC 4790 Entrepreneurial Finance

In this course you will learn to identify and value attractive business opportunities, to estimate the resources necessary to undertake these opportunities, to secure such resources on favorable terms, and to prudently manage them in pursuit of the opportunity, intended for individuals interested in careers in small businesses, family enterprises, entrepreneurial new ventures, private equity and venture capital investing.

Prerequisite: FINC 3400

FINC 3910, 4910 Special Topics Courses

See administrative office for prerequisites and course descriptions. (2 - 5 credits) (formerly FINC 391, 491)

FINC 4940 International Study Tour: Finance

The study of financial, economic, and business environment of a foreign country. Course will include travel to the country to observe activities and conditions and to meet with representatives of businesses and other institutions. Location of tour can vary. Check with the department for details.

FINC 4950 Internships

Open to seniors with an adviser's approval. Mandatory CR/F and will not satisfy a major requirement. (0 - 5 credits)

For more about internships, visit the Albers Career Center

FINC 3960, 4960 Independent Study

(1 - 5 credits)

FINC 4990 Directed Research

(1 - 5 credits)