College of Business > Academics > Department of Finance & Real Estate > Majors & Minors > Finance Honors (BSB) > Overview and Learning Outcomes

Overview and Learning Outcomes

The honors program in finance is reserved for students of high promise and exceptional ability. Students admitted to this program are characterized by outstanding academic performance, exceptional leadership capability, high aptitude for superior academic work and exceptional ability for making meaningful contributions during a professional career.

Honors students in finance proceed through the program together in a cohort system with peers who have similar exceptional abilities. Courses reserved for honors students are advanced in nature, student-oriented, and small. Students in the program are afforded the opportunity to interact with leaders from finance and business communities in small settings.​

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Business Core Requirements 66
Liberal Studies Requirements 76
Major Requirements 32
Open Electives 18
Total hours required 192

Learning Outcomes

Core Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • ​​Use analytical and reflective skills in decision making.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Recognize legal and ethical issues confronting them.
  • Contribute to the performance of a group within a business setting.
  • Know the differences among global economies, institutions, business practices and cultures.
  • Acquire knowledge of the functional areas of business and the interrelationships among the functional areas within a business.

Program Specific Outcomes

Students will be able to: 

  • Understand financial theory and how it can be applied to financial decision making.
    • Develop appropriate cash flows and discount rate analysis of projects, and financial instruments (e.g. bonds and stocks).
    • Apply and interpret the appropriate risk measures (e.g. beta, standard deviation) to situations under uncertainty.
    • Understand the role of agents and impact of governance.
  • Understand the structure of the financial markets and the roles of institutions in those markets.
    • Understand the flow of funds in the private and public markets.
    • Know the determinants of the cost of funds.
    • Understand how derivative instruments work and can be used for risk management.

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