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If you're attracted to a career in the management of fiscal resources, the Finance program at Quincy University can give you a great start in a dynamic field. The program provides training in financial management, money and banking, investment principles, and risk management. It includes a strong emphasis in accounting principles and financial modeling, using the computer as both a modeling tool and research instrument.

You'll gain fluency in the language of business, which includes fundamental principles of accounting, economics, and business law, and master the qualitative and quantitative tools of the field. To understand the key issues of the profession, you'll explore the common core of knowledge that includes Principles of Marketing, Principles of Management, and Strategic Management. Your specialized expertise will be honed in such courses as Money and Banking, Intermediate Finance, International Finance, Investment Principles, Portfolio Management, and Financial Statement Analysis.

Throughout the program, small class sizes and experienced, caring faculty members provide individualized education and the feedback and support you need.

Our Finance program offers a bachelor of science degree in Business, with a major in Finance, as well as a minor in Finance.

Student Organizations
As a Finance major, you'll find opportunities to grow through participating in business clubs and organizations. Regionally and nationally honored for their outstanding contributions to the school and the community, these student-managed organizations conduct projects, activities, and programs that can expand your experience and enable you to network with alumni members and other professionals.

  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO): promotes entrepreneurial initiatives and entrepreneurship across campus and the broader community.
  • Institute for Management Accountants (IMA): affiliated with the national IMA organization to promote the leadership and teamwork of accounting and finance professionals.
  • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE): promotes free enterprise practices through community involvement.

Contact Us

For more information about the Finance program, feel free to contact:

Dr. Mitch Ellison
Professor of Finance / Accounting
217-228-5432 ext. 3062
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FIN 315      Business Finance
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the principles of financial management. The course emphasizes the three major components of the financial manager’s function: financial planning and control, management of working capital, and long term financial opportunities. Prerequisites: ACC 121 and BUS 219.

FIN 325      Intermediate Finance
Credit Hours: 3
An advanced course in financial management of private and public corporations. Topics covered are valuation techniques, cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, long term financing, working capital management. Prerequisite: FIN 315.

FIN 365      Risk Management & Insurance
Credit Hours: 3
The nature and orientation of nonspeculative risk in business management and methods of treating them. Major emphasis is on insurance.

FIN 367      Money and Banking
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the types and functions of financial institutions and operation of financial markets. Major emphasis is on their function as suppliers of credit to the financial system. Role of government regulatory agencies such as the Federal Reserve, FDIC and others. Prerequisites: ECO 222 and FIN 315.

FIN 415  Financial Statement Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of financial reports from viewpoints of creditors, owners, and investment firms. The impact of general business and specific industry situations, behavior of financial markets, credit or lending criteria, equity investment standards as related to financial statements to determine present and future financial conditions.  Prerequisite: FIN 315.

FIN 427      International Finance
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides basic financial tools necessary to understand foreign operations, including financial statement analysis, impact of foreign exchange rates, and evalution of performance in overseas markets. Prerequisite: FIN 315. (Same as INB 427)

FIN 435      Investment Principles Planning and Strategy
Credit Hours: 3
Alternative investment instruments, risks, return, and the investment process. Investment environments, analysis and valuation techniques, principles of portfolio management. Prerequisite: FIN 315.

FIN 436      Portfolio Management
Credit Hours: 3
Further studies in principles and methods of investing in fixed income, equity and derivative securities. Types of investment, analysis of securities market and the mechanics of trading will be covered, as well as principles of diversification and portfolio analysis.  Other topics include security analysis and equity valuation, including economy, industry, and company analysis. Prerequisites: FIN 315 and 435.

FIN 484      Practicum/Internship in Finance
Credit Hours: 1-6
An assignment involving practical application of Financial Management. Students will normally work with a business or nonprofit organization in the nearby area, easily accessible to students and faculty supervisors. Offered on demand, subject to availability of practicum opportunity. Approximately 50 hours of practicum are required per credit hour.

Program Requirements


In addition to satisfying QU's general education requirements, all students pursuing a degree in business must complete the following:

All students pursuing a degree in business must complete the following:

The Bonaventure Program and requirements for undergraduate degrees, pp. 7-11. The general requirements for degrees must include MAT 124 Applied College Algebra or MAT 125 College Algebra or higher Math, and PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology. PHI 327 Business Ethics is required for the Accounting majors and is recommended for Finance, Management, and Marketing majors. Additionally, students who believe they may sit for the CPA exam in the future should take PHI 327.

The students of the School of Business utilize various forms of technology including word processing, presentation software, spreadsheets, and some course specific software throughout their major program of study. Students are therefore exposed to the technology applied to problem solving and decision making in the business world.

The Language of Business. In order to function in the business world it is necessary to understand the language of business which includes accounting, business law, and economics. Required courses: ACC 121 Principles of Financial Accounting, ACC 221 Management Accounting; BUS 215 Business Law; ECO 222 Principles of Macro-Economics and ECO 223 Principles of Micro-Economics.

The Tools of Business. Communicating quantitatively and qualitatively is essential in business. To ensure each student obtains these skills, courses are taken in oral and written communications, computer applications, and quantitative methods. Required courses: COM 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking, ENG 382 Business Communication, ECO 225 Business Statistics, ECO 226 Quantitative Methods, and BUS 219 Personal Finance.

Common Body of Knowledge. There is a common body of knowledge that all business students must experience in order to more fully understand the way businesses operate. The courses offering this exposure include management, marketing, finance, and strategic management and are considered part of the major area of study. Required courses: MGT 300 Principles of Management, MKT 331 Principles of Marketing, FIN 315 Business Finance, and BUS 497 Strategic Management. A grade of “C-” or better is required in BUS 497.

Specialized Body of Knowledge. Each student will select a major field of specialization in either Accounting, Finance, Management, or Marketing. Required major courses are delineated in each program. A cumulative 2.00 grade point average is required in the major courses. The student can receive a grade lower than “C-” in only two of the major courses.

ACC 311, 312 Intermediate Accounting I and II
ECO 321 Managerial Economics
FIN 325 Intermediate Finance
FIN 367 Money and Banking
FIN 415 Financial Statement Analysis
FIN/INB 427 International Finance
FIN 435 Investment Principles: Planning and Strategy
FIN 436 Portfolio Management

Educational Testing Service Major Field Test (ETS)
Prior to graduation, each student is required to take the Educational Testing Service Major Field test in Business. This is a national test used to measure each student's level of achievement and to evaluate the business curriculum. Testing is administered in BUS 497.

Career Options

Finance offers diverse careers that reflect the many facets of this field of study. You may find your dream job in any one of the three major areas of financial management: corporate finance, management of financial institutions (public or private), and investment management.

Our Finance graduates have been employed as:

  • Broker, Smith Barney, Inc., Quincy, IL
  • Financial consultant, A.G. Edwards,   Quincy, IL
  • Financial Planning Specialist, Opti-Flex Management Services, St. Louis
  • Financial Consultant, Northstar Resource Group, Phoenix, AZ
  • Business Finance Manager, Deery Brothers, Burlington, IA
  • Financial Consultant, Edward Jones, Quincy, IL

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