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Darla Moore School of Business


Finance Curriculum

Degree Requirements: 122 hours

Major Requirements: 61 hours

Learning outcomes

  • Students will understand fundamental financial concepts related to the time value of money and risk-expected return tradeoffs.  
  • Students will have basic knowledge of the institutional context in which financial decisions and transactions take place.  
  • Students will be able to conduct a capital budgeting analysis, including calculating expected cash flows, cost of capital and net present value. 
  • Students will be able to assess the risk-expected return tradeoffs when constructing a portfolio and apply metrics to assess portfolio performance.  
  • Students will be able to evaluate a company's prospects and risks.  
  • Students will be able to infer the impact of business decisions on firm performance. 

Carolina Core/General Education Requirements

CMW: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Writing (6 hours)

ENGL 101 — Critical Reading and Composition

ENGL 102 — Rhetoric and Composition

ARP: Carolina Core Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6-8 hours)

MATH 122 — Calculus for Business Administration and Social Sciences or MATH 141

STAT 206 — Elementary Statistics for Business

SCI: Carolina Core Scientific Literacy

Two approved Carolina Core Scientific Literacy courses, including one laboratory course

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-8 hours)

Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and the main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a USC foreign language test. Those failing to do so must satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC.

GHS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours)

Any approved Carolina Core History course

GSS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)

Any approved Carolina Core Social Science course

AIU: Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

Any approved Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding course

CMS: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Speech (3 hours)

Any approved Carolina Core Speech course

INF: Carolina Core Information Literacy (0-3 hours)

This requirement may be met in an overlay course that combines learning outcomes from two Carolina Core components.

VSR: Carolina Core Values, Ethics and Social Responsibility (3 hours)

Any approved Carolina Core Values, Ethics and Social Responsibility course. This requirement may be met in an overlay course that combines learning outcomes from two Carolina Core components.

Other Required General Education Courses for the Darla Moore School of Business (3-10 hours)

Additional Darla Moore School of Business general education courses may be required if a student exempts the foreign language requirement or the student chooses coursework which can fulfill both stand-alone and overlay requirements of Carolina Core components (up to 10 hours).

Those credit hours must be replaced with elective credits (minimum of 6 credits). A third elective is required to reach graduation hours, and students are strongly encouraged to take a business section of UNIV 101 to fulfill this elective (3 credits).

Business Core

Communication

All Moore School students will take communications courses as part of the general education requirements.

Internationalization Requirement

The program also requires nine hours of course work with international content that may be used to fulfill other degree requirements. Three hours must be taken from an approved list of courses offered by the Darla Moore School of Business which contain international business or international economics content. The following course options can also be used to satisfy the three credit hours of this requirement: approved course work containing international business or international economics content, taken at a semester abroad program; an approved Maymester or summer overseas course containing international business or international economics content; an approved internship course in international business wherein a student would obtain discipline-related work experience in a foreign country; or an approved service-learning component. Students may choose from one of the following options to complete the remaining six-hour requirement:

Language:

Two language courses at the 200 level or above
or

Electives:

Two approved courses with international content taken either inside or outside the Darla Moore School of Business from a list available in the undergraduate office.

 

Finance Curriculum (15 hours)

 Required courses (9 hours):

Two of the following courses (6 hours):

 

Optional Business Analytics Concentration (12 hours)*

Required course (3 hours): 

Choose nine hours from the list below:

* Consult with your academic adviser or department on courses recommended for individual majors. The analytics concentration must be taken in conjunction with another track in your major. The department may add additional electives to the Data Analytics concentration subject to the approval of the Data Analytics Committee.

** Designated sections only.