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Finance Minor

2014 Summer Finance Minor Program

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November 15, 2013: Early applications due for Summer 2014.

March 7, 2014: Final deadline for Summer 2014 applications.

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Earn a minor in a discipline that employers value and will prepare you for your financial future. Learn how the stock market works, how real estate markets work, how companies make rational decisions, and how to financially manage a small company!

The Finance Department launched a new Finance minor program for undergraduates at The University of Arizona in Summer 2013. The finance minor helps students create value in any type of business, non-profit or government organization. The minor will broaden a student’s learning experiences and professional opportunities by providing training in financial topics and analysis.

What better complement to a major in agricultural resource economics, computer science, economics, engineering, mathematics, physiology, regional development, retail and consumer sciences, or nearly any other discipline, than a minor in finance?

The Finance Department is committed to offering a quality learning experience for non-business students wanting to add finance education to their major course of study. Admission to the minor program is competitive.

The 18-unit program is designed so that all admitted students will complete the finance minor coursework during one summer. Students take two courses during fall and/or spring semester, followed by finance coursework in the summer sessions. Students only need to be on campus during summer I session. Residency in Tucson is not required during summer presession and summer II as classes are taught online.

This finance minor provides students with an understanding of basic financial theory, applied financial analysis and financial markets. Elective courses include Principles of Financial Management, Personal Investing, Small Business Finance and Real Estate Principles. Students learn basic concepts through lectures and case studies.

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Program Benefits

A minor that employers value and will help you the rest of your financial life: Today’s employers are looking for students who can immediately add value. Understanding finance allows you to differentiate yourself from other students. Moreover, the program will allow you to take charge of your own financial future.

Guaranteed Registration: You can be registered in the finance required and elective courses so that completion of the minor is not dependent on gaining admission to the needed classes that might be closed.

Fast Completion: After taking the required courses, the finance minor electives will be completed in one summer of full-time attendance.

Admission: Admission to the program is competitive. Applications are accepted during the spring semesters. The application deadline is Friday, March 7, 2014 for 2014 admission. Applicants will be notified by the end of March of the admission decision.

Commitments: The Finance Department will make it possible for admitted students to complete the Finance minor in one summer. As a finance minor student, you must commit to registering for the entire block of courses in one summer.

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Course Requirements

Prerequisite Requirement

Students must have completed and passed college algebra or higher to be eligible for admission.

Required Courses

Students will complete the following two course requirements prior to Finance coursework:

  • ECON 200. Basic Economic Issues
  • ACCT 250. Survey of Accounting OR
    ACCT 200. Intro to Financial Accounting (not available in Fall semester)

Students will complete the following course in Summer Pre-session:

  • FIN 311. Introduction to Finance

Elective Courses

Students will complete three of the following courses during Summer I and Summer II sessions:

  • FIN 301. Principles of Financial Management (Summer I, on-campus)
  • FIN 302. Personal Investing (Summer I, on-campus)
  • FIN 303. Small Business Finance (Summer II, online – connect from anywhere)
  • FIN 304. Real Estate Principles (Summer II, online – connect from anywhere)

    TOTAL: 18 units

Additional information on requirements:

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Admission

Students wishing to make early plans for summer 2014 are welcome to apply early. Early applications are due by November 15, 2013 for Summer 2014 admission. Applicants will receive a response by December 20, 2013 regarding admission. Admission to the program is competitive.

The final application deadline is Friday, March 7, 2014 for 2014 admission. Applicants will be notified by the end of March of the admission decision.

Several criteria will be considered in the application process: your application essay, grade point average, class standing, resume, etc. There are seats available for the Summer 2014 cohort and you are encouraged to apply.

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Course Schedule

Prerequisite Requirement

Students must have completed college algebra or higher to be eligible for admission.

Prior to Finance Coursework

  • ECON 200. Basic Economic Issues
  • ACCT 200. Intro to Financial Accounting (not available in Fall semester)
    OR ACCT 250. Survey of Accounting

You will need to obtain a seat in these two classes through UAccess.

Presession

  • FIN 311. Introduction to Finance

Students will complete three of the following four courses offered during Summer I and Summer II sessions.

Summer Session 1

  • FIN 301. Principles of Financial Management (on-campus)
  • FIN 302. Personal Investing (on-campus)

Summer Session II

  • FIN 303. Small Business Finance (online)
  • FIN 304. Real Estate Principles (online)

Additional information on requirements:

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Benefits for You

The Finance Minor can be a valuable addition to your major course of study. This 18-unit, one-summer cohort program is an efficient way to complete a minor at the University of Arizona with guaranteed access to the needed courses. Instructors with academic and experiential credentials will provide the instruction. The finance skills offered in the program may be utilized in a variety of careers related to the following non-business degrees:

  • Agricultural Resource Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering (all disciplines)
  • Mathematics
  • Physiology
  • Regional Development
  • Retail and Consumer Studies
  • Other majors with financial services and entrepreneurial interests

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Minor Course Substitutions

The University of Arizona has rules against counting a single course for more than one major or minor on a student’s transcript. If you are using ACCT 200/250 or ECON 200 for another major or minor program, you will need to find a substitute course for either the finance minor or for your other major/minor. If you would rather find a substitute for these courses in your other major or minor, check with the advisors for those programs. Otherwise, read on.

If you are using ACCT 200, ACCT 250 and/or ECON 200 for other majors/minors, you may replace that requirement with an additional finance minor elective (FIN 301, FIN 302, FIN 303 or FIN 304) or request approval of a non-finance course to meet the finance minor requirements. Appropriate courses in computer science, economics, engineering retail and consumer sciences, and math may be considered. The Eller Finance Advisor will help you find a suitable alternative. It is recommended that you seek an existing approved substitute course which can be completed before or after the summer program but no later than fall semester after completing your finance coursework.

Contact

For more information about the Finance minor, please email the Kay Ross, Director, Academic Affairs, Finance Department:

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