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The finance/economics program at Southern New Hampshire University has a dual mission: to examine the behavior of the economy and its relationship to business and government and to study the funding and investment needs of corporations, individuals and institutions. The primary goal of the program is to establish a solid foundation in the applied and theoretical areas of international and domestic finance, business and economics. Finance/economics majors develop the analytical and quantitative skills needed for corporate and individual financial management and economic modeling and forecasting.

Required Core Courses

General Education Program

Finance/Economics Major Courses

ECO-301: Managerial Economics
This course applies economic theory and quantitative techniques to solving business decision problems. The principal economic framework is that of microeconomics and covers such topics as demand, production, cost and market structures. Regression and linear programming are the main quantitative tools developed in the course. Computer applications are a required part of the course.
Prerequisites:
ECO-201, ECO-202 and ACC-102 ACC-214 or ACC-202 MAT-18, MAT-220, MAT-250 or MAT-240
ECO-306: Money and Banking
This course covers three broad areas. The first is the banking industry's regulations and internal operations. The second area focuses on the banking industry's role in the national economy, including monetary policy and its macroeconomic effect on prices, employment and growth. International banking is the third area covered and includes an overview of institutional arrangements and the effects of international banking on the world economy. Writing intensive course.
Prerequisites:
ECO-201 and ECO-202
ECO-402: Intermediate Macroeconometrics
This course develops models of short-to-medium-run fluctuations in overall economic activity as well as long-run models of economic growth of a nation. The former category of models includes the Keynesian, New Classical, and New Keynesian frameworks. Particular emphasis will be placed on the New Keynesian model. Empirical testing of the models using computer software will involve the statistical analysis of macroeconomic data. The primary econometric tools for analyzing this data will be regression and its extensions and modern time series analysis. Long-run models of economic growth including the Solow model and the Romer model will also be examined.
Prerequisites:
ECO-201, ECO-202 and MAT-240
FIN-330: Corporate Finance
This course is a corporate finance elective intended to extend and further develop the long-term investment and financing topics introduced in FIN-320 Principles of Finance. The course addresses issues that face modern corporate managers when making capital budgeting and capital structure decisions, and focuses on applied managerial decision-making. Corporate Finance is designed for students seeking a more thorough understanding of the economic analysis of strategic and tactical investments, the effect financial leverage has on firm value, and the integration of investment and financial corporate strategies. Topics addressed include advanced techniques in capital budgeting, firm valuation, capital structure, firm/division cost of capital, and quantitative risk assessment. Writing intensive course.
Prerequisites:
FIN-320
FIN-340: Fundamentals of Investments
This course introduces and examines various investment vehicles, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and commodities. This course emphasizes the decision-making process that underlies all investment decisions.
Prerequisites:
FIN-320

ECO/FIN ELE - Students may select four (4) Economics or Finance electives at the 200-level or higher.

Select One of the Following:

MAT-140: Precalculus
This course emphasizes the algebra and concepts of functions. Students will learn the properties and graphing techniques for different types of functions including: linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students will also learn to solve a variety of real world problems that rely on a number of different problem solving strategies and an understanding of these different types of functions.
MAT-210: Applied Calculus I
This is an introductory course in single-variable calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, differentiation, integration and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will gain experience solving real-world problems involving calculus, including problems in business, economics, natural sciences and social sciences.
MAT-300: Applied Statistics II: Regression Analysis
This is a second course in statistics that builds upon knowledge gained in MAT 240 or an AP statistics course. Students will learn to build statistical models and implement regression analysis in real-world problems from engineering, sociology, psychology, science, and business. Topics include multiple regression models (including first-order, second-order and interaction models with quantitative and qualitative variables), regression pitfalls, and residual analysis. Students will gain experience not only in the mechanics of regression analysis (often by means of a statistical software package) but also in deciding on appropriate models, selecting inferential techniques to answer a particular question, interpreting results, and diagnosing problems.
Prerequisites:
MAT-240 with a grade of C or better

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