2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Reiman School of Finance

Office:  Daniels College of Business, Room 555
Mail Code: 2101 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-3322
Web Site: http://daniels.du.edu/faculty-research/reiman-school-of-finance

The program in finance is a broad area of study directed toward the financial elements of business organizations and government units, focusing on investments, corporate finance, financial institutions and international finance. Courses in these areas prepare students for careers in business finance, investment analysis and financial institutions.

Finance

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major Requirements 

(185 credits required for the degree)

Minimum of 36 credits.  Requirements include the following:

Required Courses
FIN 3110Financial Institutions4
FIN 3200Corporate Financial Problems4
FIN 3300Investments4
FIN 3410Multinational Financial Management4
ACTG 3220Understanding Financial Statements4
Electives
Select four Finance electives.16
Total Credits36

Minor Requirements

The Finance minor is available only to students pursuing a major in the Daniels College of Business.

16 credits, including the following:

Required Courses
FIN 3110Financial Institutions4
FIN 3200Corporate Financial Problems4
FIN 3300Investments4
Elective
Select one Finance elective.4
Total Credits16

Requirements for Distinction in the Major in Finance

Students participating in the University Honors Program, and students with a 3.85 cumulative GPA or higher upon reaching 90 hours completed, are invited to create a portfolio of in-depth business experiences to earn Distinction. See Daniels Undergraduate Programs or faculty in the department for more information. 

This course plan is a sample schedule. Individual course plans will vary based on incoming transfer credit, admission path to Daniels, prerequisites, availability of courses, minors, and other scheduling factors. Please meet with your Daniels academic advisor to develop an individual graduation plan for your specific needs.

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits
First-Year Seminar (FSEM)4WRIT 11224WRIT 11334
MATH 120014INFO 10104INFO 10204
BUS 10004ECON 102024ACTG 22004
Foreign Language4Foreign Language4Foreign Language4
 16 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits
FIN 28004ACTG 23004FIN 31104
MGMT 21004INFO 20204FIN 32004
LGST 20004MKTG 28004BUS 30004
Scientific Inquiry: The Natural and Physical World4Scientific Inquiry: The Natural and Physical World4Scientific Inquiry: The Natural and Physical World4
  INTZ 250132
 16 16 18
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits
Study Abroad16MGMT 30004Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture4
Elective FIN 33004ACTG 32204
 FIN 34104FIN Elective 4
 Elective4BUS 38004
 16 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits
Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture4Scientific Inquiry: Society and Culture4Advanced Seminar (ASEM)4
FIN Elective 4FIN Elective 4Elective4
Elective4Elective4FIN Elective 4
Elective4Elective4 
 16 16 12
Total Credits: 190
1

 Analytical Inquiry: The Natural and Physical World

2

  Scientific Inquiry: Society and Culture

3

INTZ 2501 Exploring Global Citizenship: Preparing for Study Abroad is required for any student who studies abroad, and may be taken in any quarter within the year prior to studying abroad.

Courses

FIN 1900 Managing Your Financial Affair (4 Credits)

This course provides an overview of topics that are critical to lifetime personal financial planning. The premise of the course is that personal financial planning starts early in life and especially as a new college graduate begins a professional career. The main topics in the course include Principles of Taxation, Basics of Estate Planning, Lifetime Asset Allocation, Principles of Insurance, Proper Debt Management, the Real Estate Housing Decision, and College Financial Planning for Children. Open to all business and non-business undergraduate students, junior standing or above.

FIN 1992 Directed Study (1-4 Credits)

FIN 2010 Survey in Finance (4 Credits)

Introduces basic concepts, financial principles and analytical skills for non-business majors. Students gain an appreciation of how markets, investments and financial management are interrelated, and methods for basic financial decisions in both business and personal life. Prerequisites: sophomore standing, ACTG 2010 and LGST 2000.

FIN 2800 Financial Decision Making (4 Credits)

Basic financial principles and analytical skills including ratio analysis, breakeven analysis and leverage, net present value, internal rate of return, and standard forecasting techniques. Prerequisites: ACTG 2200.

FIN 2992 Directed Study (1-4 Credits)

FIN 3000 Mathematics in Finance (4 Credits)

This course is a continuation of the basic calculus course focusing on multivariate differential calculus and an introduction to linear algebra. Students are given a rigorous introduction to multivariate calculus and linear algebra with emphasis on applications of these topics to finance. Modern finance is a quantitative discipline and students need an understanding of partial derivatives and linear algebra to succeed in their careers. Some examples of the financial applications students learn include finding hedge ratios; minimum-variance portfolio weights; valuing financial and real options; deriving option price sensitivities; deriving duration and convexity on a bond; capital structure and dividend theories; and regression analysis, to name just a few. For Finance majors who started at DU in autumn 2012 or later only. Prerequisite: MATH 1200 or MATH 1951.

FIN 3110 Financial Institutions (4 Credits)

Analysis of financial markets institutions and how they operate within the markets. Management of commercial banks and other financial institutions and relationship to money and capital markets. Prerequisites: FIN 2800 and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3120 Commercial Bank Management (4 Credits)

Comprehensive view of banking and changing environment banks operate in; developing solutions to current bank management problems. Prerequisites: FIN 3110 and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3200 Corporate Financial Problems (4 Credits)

Advanced application of financial decision making in areas of valuation, dividend policy, working capital, capital budgeting, cost of capital, leasing and special types of financing. Prerequisites: FIN 2800 and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3210 Corporate Financial Theory (4 Credits)

Expansion of FIN 3200 to include mergers and acquisitions, risk analysis, valuation and capital structure, corporate financial planning, and financial applications of decision theory. Prerequisites: FIN 3200 and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3230 Entrepreneurial Finance (4 Credits)

Financial planning for new and small businesses; emphasis on the new enterprise, funds acquisition and valuation. Prerequisites: FIN 3200 and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3300 Investments (4 Credits)

Survey of marketable securities, markets, regulation, and risk and return measurement with introduction to fundamental and technical analysis. Prerequisites: FIN 2800 and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3310 Analysis of Securities (4 Credits)

Analysis, valuation and selection of equity securities. Prerequisites: FIN 3300 and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3340 Fixed Income Securities (4 Credits)

Analysis and valuation of various types of fixed income securities. Prerequisites: FIN 3300 and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3410 Multinational Financial Management (4 Credits)

Survey and analysis of financial management within and among multinational corporations; Eurodollars, Euromarkets and foreign currencies. Prerequisites: FIN 2800 and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3500 Financial Modeling (4 Credits)

Use of Excel functions and macros to construct financial models from corporate finance, investments and financial markets. Prerequisite: FIN 2800 with a minimum grade of D-; and DCB checkpoint 2.

FIN 3610 Financial Forecasting (4 Credits)

Methods of forecasting both economic and financial variables; emphasis on techniques used by business forecasters. Cross listed with STAT 3620, STAT 4783. Prerequisites: FIN 2800 and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3700 Topics in Finance (4 Credits)

Exploration of various topics and issues related to finance. Prerequisites: instructor's permission and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3710 Reiman Fund I (4 Credits)

This course is a practical portfolio management class designed to cover the major areas of the investment management lifecycle. This course focuses heavily on learning and using leading industry data and analytical tools to support the investment decision-making process in a live portfolio environment. The class recommendations and decisions are implemented in the Reiman Fund portfolio. This is an elective course that is the first in the series of classes involving the Reiman Fund portfolio. Prerequisite: degree checkpoint 2 and instructor's permission.

FIN 3720 Reiman Fund II (4 Credits)

This course is a practical portfolio management class designed to cover the major areas of the investment management lifecycle. This course focuses heavily on learning and using leading industry data and analytical tools to support the investment decision-making process in a live portfolio environment. The class recommendations and decisions are implemented in the Reiman Fund portfolio. This is an elective course that is the second in the series of classes involving the Reiman Fund portfolio. Preequisite: FIN 3710.

FIN 3730 Reiman Fund III (4 Credits)

This course is a practical portfolio management class designed to cover the major areas of the investment management lifecycle. This course focuses heavily on learning and using leading industry data and analytical tools to support the investment decision-making process in a live portfolio environment. The class recommendations and decisions are implemented in the Reiman Fund portfolio. This is an elective course that is the third in the series of classes involving the Reiman Fund portfolio. Prerequisite: FIN 3720.

FIN 3800 Organized Walk Down Wall Street (4 Credits)

First part of course requires foundational readings in investment exchanges, commodities markets, investment banking, mergers, restructuring, asset management, and commercial banking. This is followed by five days in New York visiting the exchanges, brokerage firms, investment bankers, asset managers, and commercial banks. A related research paper is also required. Prerequisites: DCB2 and FIN 2800, or permission of instructor.

FIN 3980 Finance Internship (1-4 Credits)

Practical experience (field study); requires written report. Prerequisites: instructor's permission and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3991 Independent Study (1-4 Credits)

Independent research/study; requires written report. Prerequisites: instructor's permission and degree checkpoint 2.

FIN 3992 Directed Study (1-4 Credits)

Faculty

Conrad Ciccotello, Professor and Director, PhD, Penn State University

Maclyn Clouse, Professor, PhD, University of Washington

Thomas Cook, Professor, PhD, University of Washington

David Cox, Teaching Professor, JD, University of Denver

Andrew Detzel, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Washington

Vaneesha Dutra, Associate Professor, PhD, Florida State University

Gary Farmar, Teaching Associate Professor, MBA, University of Denver

Robert Hannum, Professor, PhD, Florida State University

Chris Hughen, Associate Professor, PhD, University of Missouri

Irina Khindanova, Teaching Associate Professor, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Justin Lallemand, Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Arkansas

Kenneth Leung, Teaching Assistant Professor, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Pei Lung, Associate Professor, PhD, Texas Tech University

Ronald Rizzuto, Professor, PhD, New York University

Andy Sherbo, Teaching Associate Professor, PhD, Saint Louis University (MO)

Jack Strauss, Professor, PhD, Duke University

JP Tremblay, Teaching Associate Professor, MBA, International University of the Americas

Tracy Xu, Associate Professor, PhD, University of Washington

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