The Bachelor of Science degree program in Finance is designed to prepare students for careers in: finance, both at the corporate and small business level; financial planning; stock brokerage firms; and financial institutions. The program focuses on providing the student with both practical and theoretical training in the field of finance.
Program of Study
Course offerings focus on skills and competencies that enhance students’ knowledge of finance. The program provides a balanced array of course work in finance at the junior and senior levels. Students also have opportunities to pursue internships in various areas of finance. In addition, the general education requirements provide a well-rounded academic foundation.
Wilmington University students benefit from the training and experience of finance professionals who serve as faculty. The classroom atmosphere is conducive to information sharing, creative thinking, and the exploration of areas of personal interest.
Cooperative Learning Experiences
Cooperative learning experiences (co-op) are available in the Finance program for FIN 301 Personal Finance and FIN 302 Financial Planning. Depending on the co-op experience available and the student’s course completion schedule, other courses such as BBM 301 Organizational Behavior may also be completed as co-ops. Elective courses may also be structured as co-ops. Each co-op experience is expected to last for two consecutive semesters and earn the student six credits toward their 120-credit degree.
To be eligible for the co-op the student must have completed 60 credits and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. The student must contact the office of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) one semester before they would like to begin their co-op assignment. Once an opportunity description is secured, the WIL office will seek credit approval of the experience from the Finance Program Chair.
In addition to achieving the Wilmington University undergraduate graduation competencies given in the Academic Information section of this catalog, this program will provide students a comprehensive curriculum in financial studies (both domestic and international) that includes the theories, principles, and applications of modern financial management.
Graduating students will:
Minimum Grade Policy
Students pursuing a degree in Finance are required by College of Business policy to attain a minimum grade of “C” for all program core courses. For the purpose of this policy, program core courses are all finance courses. These courses are designated by the prefix “FIN.”
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 131 Public Speaking
ENG 310 Research Writing
VFP 313 Aesthetics of Film
DSN 110 Fundamentals of Drawing
TEC 215 Basic Photography
COM 245 Writing for the Media
Culinary Arts Elective
Ethnic Studies Elective
Fine Arts Elective
Foreign Language Elective
HUM Humanities Elective
ECO 101 Economics I
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
Natural Science Elective
CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues
BAC 101 Accounting I
BAC 102 Accounting II
BBA 301 Intro to Business Analytics
BBM 201 Principles of Management
BBM 301 Organizational Behavior
BBM 320 Business Communications
BBM 402 Strategic Management
BMK 305 Marketing
FIN 305 Financial Management
MAT 312 Business Statistics
BBM 301: available as a co-op
FIN 305: Upper Level finance (FIN) courses are not offered every semester. Students should plan ahead by completing all pre-requisites as soon as possible in order to take the junior and senior level finance courses when they are offered.
BBM 319 Business Ethics
BLA 305 Business Law for Accounting and Finance Majors
ECO 102 Economics II
FIN 101 Financial Literacy
FIN 302 Financial Planning
FIN 306 Corporate Finance
FIN 320 FinTech Fundamentals
FIN 410 Financial Reporting and Analysis
FIN 301: available as a co-op
FIN 301, FIN 302, FIN 410: Upper Level finance (FIN) courses are not offered every semester. Students should plan ahead by completing all pre-requisites as soon as possible in order to take the junior and senior level finance courses when they are offered.
FIN 306: FIN 305 is the Prerequisite to FIN 306, with the exception of the Organizational Management program, which has the Prerequisite of FIN 300.
FIN 411 Investments and Security Analysis
FIN 412 Financial Institution Management
FIN 411, FIN 412: Upper Level finance (FIN) courses are not offered every semester. Students should plan ahead by completing all pre-requisites as soon as possible in order to take the junior and senior level finance courses when they are offered.
BBM 411 Operations and Systems Management
HRM 311 Human Resource Management
FIN 308 Financial Economics and Instruments
FIN 309 Introduction to Global Derivatives
BAC 201 Intermediate Accounting I
BAC 301 Cost Accounting I
Certain courses may be available as a co-op
In the business world, today’s economic environment is both changing and challenging. Business professionals, armed with a working knowledge of current economic principles and issues, have a competitive advantage over their peers who lack such understanding. This five-course concentration, building upon the principles taught in macro and micro economics, is not a theoretical, quantitative or research program, but rather it fosters an applied approach. It seeks real-world answers to real-world challenges: inflation, foreign trade, economic strategy and competitiveness, land use, sustainability, crime, transportation, etc. Whether your career path involves profit or non-profits, local or regional government, banking or investments, this concentration in Applied Economics adds real value to your degree.
Studying economics can provide you with a deeper understanding of how the world works, particularly in terms of how people make decisions and allocate resources. Here are some reasons why studying economics can be valuable:
Overall, studying economics can help you to make informed decisions, better understand the world around them, and contribute to economic progress and development.
ECO 321 Economics of Money and Banking
ECO 340 Urban Economics & Sustainability
ECO 440 International Economics
The nonprofit industry is one of the fastest growing employers. The industry is seeking out marketers, HR professionals, and managers with an interest in strategic planning within the nonprofit industry. This nonprofit concentration will focus on the following content areas: Introduction to nonprofits, fiscal management, advocacy and public policy, and one specific identified nonprofit course in the student’s program. There are four core courses in the concentration and one specific program course or an internship. Two of the courses are shared between the College of Behavioral Science and the College of Business. This is a concentration for bachelor’s degrees in Business Management, Finance, Marketing, and Human Resource Management.
NFP 301 Intro to Nonprofit Agencies
NFP 302 Management of the Nonprofit Organization
NFP 303 Foundations of Fiscal Management for Nonprofit
NFP 304 Advocacy and Public Policy
Students can choose ONE of the following 4 courses:
FIN 331 Finance for Nonprofit
HRM 361 HRM in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
NFP 307 Fundraising for Nonprofits
SPM 309 Sport and Athletics Fundraising
Students may substitute any program specific course for an alternate NFP course of their choosing or an internship.
FIN 301 Personal Finance
MIS 320 Management Information Systems
Through Dual-Credit ADVANTAGE™, this accelerated program option allows eligible College of Business students to take up to four selected graduate-level courses in place of selected undergraduate courses and provides the opportunity to be formally accepted into the M.S. in Management or MBA graduate program prior to completion of their bachelor’s degree.
In order to be eligible, students must have completed 75 undergraduate credits and obtained an overall GPA of 3.0 or better and have specific undergraduate courses remaining in their program. Please schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor to learn if you are eligible to participate in this program and determine your concentration-specific course substitutions and requirements.
Note: These graduate-level courses will fulfill requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 in all graduate programs.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.