Walsh College

BBA - Finance


Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

The Finance major assist the student in developing an appreciation for and understanding of the financial decision making process. It is designed to provide an exposure to accounting, business law, and taxation concepts along with financial analysis, planning, and management. The curriculum prepares the student for the fields of credit analysis, commercial lending, brokerage and financial services, financial planning, and financial analysis, and financial institution management, as well as other careers in industry and government.

Student must complete 15 semester credit hours of the 45 semester credit hours taken in residence at Walsh College in Economics and Finance. For complete BBA.FIN graduation requirements, please refer to page 22 of our online catalog. 

BBA - Finance Program Format

You need to earn a total of 127 semester credit hours for our Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree. This includes the transfer of up to 82 credit hours and a minimum of 45 credit hours (15 courses) taken while in residence at Walsh College.

The finance program requires completion of all courses in the professional core and major.

 Professional Core
 ACC 201+ Principles of Accounting I
 ACC 202+ Principles of Accounting II
 ACC 310^ Managerial Accounting
 BIT 305^ Business Computing Tools
 BIT 335 Business Driven Technology
 BL 420 The Legal and Tax Environment of Business 
 COM 210^ Principles of Business Communication*
 COM 300 Communication Essentials
 COM 320 Business Communication Methods
 COM 340 Professional Communication
 ECN 201+ Principles of Economics I
 ECN 202+ Principles of Economics II
 FIN 310 Financial Markets
 FIN 315 Financial Management
 MGT 201^ Principles of Management
 MGT 303^ Behavioral Management
 MGT 461 Business Strategy and Policy (Capstone)
 MKT 202^ Principles of Marketing
 QM 202^ Statistics Methods for Business
 QM 301 Statistical Inference for Management Decisions
 Elective Any 400-level course at Walsh College not already required
 Required Finance Major Courses
 FIN 403 Investment Management
 FIN 406 Financial Statement Analysis
 FIN 412 International Economics and Finance
 FIN 425 Financial Modeling
 Electives Nine semester credit hours
  (three courses from finance major elective options below)
 Finance Major Elective Options
Choose three electives from the courses listed below to fulfill Finance major electives.
 FIN 321 Risk Management and Insurance
 FIN 401 Personal Finance
 FIN 407 Entrepreneurial Finance
 FIN 419 Financial History of the United States
 FIN 420 Real Estate Principles
 FIN 488 Finance Internship
*COM 300 is required for all students that obtain a score of 1-3 on the Walsh College Communication Placement Exam. The Communication Placement Exam must be completed with the student's first semester of enrollment at Walsh College.
**Students are required to take COM 320 within their first 9 semester credit hours in residence at Walsh College.

***Students are required to take COM 340 within their first 15 credit hours in residence at Walsh College.

 +ACC 201, ACC 202, ECN 201, and ECN 202 must be taken at the transfer institution prior to attendance or through concurrent enrollment. 

 The ^ courses are typically transferred from a community college or another accredited educational institution. Additional transfer equivalencies may be established, depending on the course taken and the transfer institution.

Equivalency guides outline the courses transferable to Walsh as prerequisites to advanced course work and for completion of degree requirements. A list of standard equivalencies may be viewed from our website. 

Finance Skills for Career Opportunities
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the deregulation of the banking industry has allowed banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms to broaden their financial services portfolios, creating additional need for financial analysts and personal financial advisors. Financial managers are among the occupations in Michigan adding the most jobs that require a bachelor’s degree, with projected openings expected to grow.

Salary Expectations
Starting salaries for BBA-Finance students range from $35,000 to $50,000 per year. With six years of experience, salary ranges increase to $56,000 to $78,00per year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many financial analysts receive a yearly bonus in addition to their salary. This bonus usually depends on the accuracy of their predictions. Financial advisors who manage a client’s assets usually charge a percentage of those assets. Many financial advisors also receive commissions for the financial products they sell.

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