Missouri State University

Office of the Registrar

Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 first edition, July 2014

Department of Finance and General Business Courses

Business (BUS) courses

  • BUS 135 Introduction to Business

    A survey of business which includes an evaluation of the social and economic environment in which it operates, followed by a look at business organization, management, finance, accounting, production, marketing, insurance, law, and data processing. Designed to serve three groups of students--those majoring in other departments who would like to develop a broad understanding of business through a single course; those who are undecided about a major and would like to explore business as a possibility; and those freshmen planning a major in some area of business who would like a broad understanding of business in order to make a specific selection of their major. A declared major in the College of Business who has accumulated more than 30 semester hours of credit at the time of enrollment in the course will not receive credit for the course.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 200 Topics in Business

    A variable content course with topics that can change from semester to semester. Topics are identified by title in the class schedule. Examples are: Personal Budgeting, Residential Home Construction, Insurance for the Family, Personal Credit Management, and Business Ethics. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 303 History of Business

    Prerequisite: undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    History of business; contributions of individuals and companies in evolution of modern business principles and practices.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 305 Service Learning in Business

    Prerequisite: 30 hours and concurrent registration in a Finance and General Business department course designated as a service learning offering; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    This service component for an existing course incorporates community service with classroom instruction in business to provide an integrative learning experience that addresses the practice of citizenship and promotes an awareness of and participation in public affairs. Includes 40 hours of service that benefits an external community organization, agency, or public service provider. Approved service placements and assignments will vary depending on the course topic and learning objectives; a list of approved placements and assignments is available from the instructor and the Citizenship and Service Learning Office. May be repeated.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 307 Business in the Community

    Prerequisite: undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Study and application of business within the community. Topics include: planning and management of organizations from the viewpoint of education, community, and business; development of new business; organizational structure; interpersonal skills; funding and allocation resources of private, public and non-profit organizations. Allows for direct contact with local community leaders in education and business as well as opportunity to develop individual skills. Group dynamics and individual initiative are emphasized. May be available with BUS 305 Service Learning option and be repeated to a total of 6 hours.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 394 Cooperative Education in Business

    Prerequisite: acceptance into Cooperative Education Program and permission of department head; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    The opportunity to earn academic credit in a planned learning process that integrates academic training with a supervised work experience. This is a variable content course that may be repeated to a total of 6 hours in Cooperative Education.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 397 Topics in Business

    Prerequisite: undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    A variable content course with topics that can change from semester to semester. Topics are identified by title in the schedule of classes. Examples include: Employment Discrimination Law, Tax Planning for Real Estate Investments, and special courses in Insurance. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 494 Internship

    Prerequisite: 80 hours; academic preparation in the field of internship; permission of department head; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    A variable content course. Internships to be identified by title in the schedule of classes include Finance, Financial Planning, General Business, Insurance, and Real Estate. Opportunity to obtain practical understanding through work experience with a cooperating business or financial institution, financial planning firm, insurance company or real estate firm. Employment and outline of study must be company approved prior to enrollment. May be repeated to a total of 3 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 510 E-Business and Online Entrepreneurship

    Prerequisite: 54 hours; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    A study of e-business and online entrepreneurship from an applied, best practices point of view. Classroom visits by online entrepreneurs provide unique, real-world insights into the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges of doing business over the Internet. May be taught concurrently with BUS 610. Cannot receive credit for both BUS 510 and BUS 610.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 550 Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration in Business

    Prerequisite: 60 hours; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    A practical, skills-based study of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration from the business manager's perspective. This hands-on course is designed to develop the skills necessary to enable the business manager to effectively participate in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration as alternatives to litigation for resolving business disputes. Identical with LAW 550. May be taught concurrently with BUS 650. Cannot receive credit for more than one of BUS 550, BUS 650, LAW 550, or LAW 650.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 610 E-Business and Online Entrepreneurship

    A study of e-business and online entrepreneurship from an applied, best practices point of view. Classroom visits by online entrepreneurs provide unique, real-world insights into the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges of doing business over the Internet. May be taught concurrently with BUS 510. Cannot receive credit for both BUS 610 and BUS 510.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • BUS 650 Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration in Business

    A practical, skills-based study of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration from the business manager's perspective. This hands-on course is designed to develop the skills necessary to enable the business manager to effectively participate in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration as alternatives to litigation for resolving business disputes. Identical with LAW 650. May be taught concurrently with BUS 550. Cannot receive credit for more than one of BUS 550, BUS 650, LAW 550, or LAW 650.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

Finance (FIN) courses

  • FIN 150 Personal Finance

    A study of personal finance topics from the consumer and societal perspectives. Topics include the preparation and interpretation of personal financial statements and budgets, the time value of money, personal saving, financial market and investment fundamentals, the effective use of consumer credit, personal bankruptcy, insurance principles, automotive and housing decisions, principles of personal taxation, and retirement planning. This course will provide students with the concepts and critical thinking skills to understand the effects of financial decisions on individuals, families, and society.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 266 Principles of Real Estate

    Prerequisite: 24 hours.

    An introduction to the study of real estate. Topics covered include legal aspects of real property, real estate financing, appraisal, brokerage, land-use control, property management, and investing in real estate.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 310 Fundraising Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Agencies

    Prerequisite: undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Comprehensive study of various funding sources for not-for-profit organizations. Explores relationships with umbrella organizations, techniques of fundraising, government funding, grantsmanship, budget control and accountability.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 350 Entrepreneurial Finance

    Prerequisite: ACC 201.

    This course introduces the non-business major to the finance function within the small business. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial planning and forecasting, asset valuation, the time value of money, capital budgeting, cost of capital, working capital, break-even, leverage, business plans, and venture capital. Course cannot be used to satisfy any requirement for a College of Business major. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 350 and FIN 380.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 367 Principles of Real Estate Appraisal

    Prerequisite: FIN 266; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    An introduction to the study of real estate appraisal. Topics covered include data collection and analysis, neighborhood and regional analysis, land and building function and description, highest and best use analysis, land valuation and improved property valuation.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 368 Real Estate Law

    Prerequisite: FIN 266; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Rights and interests in land; evidence of title; co-ownership; contracts for sale of land; deeds; wills and descent; mortgages; liens; landlord and tenant; restrictions; zoning; brokers. Identical with LAW 368. May no receive credit for both FIN 368 and LAW 368.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 369 Real Estate Development

    Prerequisite: FIN 266; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    This course introduces the development process through its four major phases: concept, land acquisition, construction, and sales. Topics covered include project selection, debt and equity funding (obtainable from individual, institutional, and governmental sources), regulatory approval, environmental impact, and marketing.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 380 Financial Management

    Prerequisite: 54 hours including ACC 201 and ACC 211 and ECO 155 and ECO 165; and QBA 237 or equivalent; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    An introduction to topics in corporate financial management, including financial markets, time value of money, asset valuation, risk and return, financial analysis and forecasting, capital budgeting, sources, and costs of capital.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 381 Personal Financial Planning

    Prerequisite: 54 hours; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    A course designed to introduce students to most of the major personal financial planning problems that individuals and families encounter. Emphasis is placed on the financial planner's activities to assist individuals and families in creating personal financial statements and household budgets, developing effective money management practices, and addressing taxation, housing, credit, insurance, investment, estate planning and other important finance issues.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 384 Financial Markets and Intermediaries

    Prerequisite: ACC 201 and ACC 211 and ECO 155 and ECO 165; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    An overview of the organization and operation of major financial markets including money, bond, mortgage, equity, derivative, and international markets, and financial intermediaries including lenders, insurance companies, pension funds, investment banks, investment companies, and real estate investment trusts.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 390 Intermediate Financial Management

    Prerequisite: grade of B- or better in FIN 380; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    An in-depth study of corporate financial management concepts, including risk and return, valuation, financial analysis and forecasting, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, working capital, leasing, and global finance. The course utilizes electronic spreadsheets as a tool to enhance the quality of financial decisions.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 480 Financial Decision Making

    Prerequisite: FIN 390; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Application of the concepts and techniques of finance to solve financial management problems faced by contemporary companies. The course emphasizes the development of financial decision-making skills through in-depth case analysis.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 485 Investments I

    Prerequisite: grade of B- or better in FIN 380; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    A survey of investment principles, investment environments, security valuation, and financial markets.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 487 Investments II

    Prerequisite: FIN 485; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    An extension of Investments I, including an in-depth study of security analysis, investment strategy, portfolio theory, risk analysis, and management. Hedging and speculating with domestic and international securities will also be explored.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 496 Readings in Finance

    Prerequisite: permission of department head; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Planned readings designed to intensify and supplement the area of finance.

    Credit hours:
    1-2
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 538 Introduction to Estate Planning

    Prerequisite: 80 hours; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Estate planning process; fundamentals of intestate distribution, wills, trusts, gifts, life insurance; taxes incidental to an estate; administration of estates and trusts; analysis and selection of devices for lifetime and testamentary transfers of property. Identical with INS 538. May be taught concurrently with FIN 638. Cannot receive credit for more than one of FIN 538, FIN 638, INS 538, or INS 638.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 581 Professional Financial Planning

    Prerequisite: ACC 321 and FIN 381 and FIN 485 and INS 211 and LAW 231; and INS 314 or concurrent enrollment; and FIN/INS 538 or ACC 524 or concurrent enrollment; and undergraduate students must be admitted to degree program.

    A case-oriented study of comprehensive financial planning for client families. This course integrates prior knowledge of financial planning principles and practice, investments, insurance, law, tax planning, retirement planning, and estate planning. Advanced topics in these subjects are also presented. The financial planning process, standards of professional practice, and planner ethics are emphasized. May be taught concurrently with FIN 681. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 581 and FIN 681.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 582 International Financial Management

    Prerequisite: grade of B- or better in FIN 380; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    This course is designed to survey how the key concepts of business finance can be applied in the context of a multinational firm. Topics include: the nature and functioning of the foreign exchange market, parity conditions, foreign exchange risk management, and international investment and financing decisions. May be taught concurrently with FIN 682. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 582 and FIN 682.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 586 International Financial Statement Analysis

    Prerequisite: grade of B- or better in FIN 380; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    An introduction to the study of international financial statement analysis emphasizing the financial statement analysis portion of the common body of knowledge from the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. May be taught concurrently with FIN 686. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 586 and FIN 686.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 589 Management of Financial Institutions

    Prerequisite: grade of B- or better in FIN 380; and either FIN 384 or ECO 305; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    A study of the theory and practice of managing depository and non-depository financial institutions. The principal focus is asset and liability management, especially with respect to the risks associated with establishing the ideal balance between the two. Such risks include interest rate, liquidity, credit, foreign exchange and capital risk. The use of money and credit markets, as well as derivative securities to minimize risk as well as to achieve strategic financial objectives is stressed. Management implications of current developments in the interaction between financial institutions and markets are discussed. May be taught concurrently with FIN 689. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 589 and FIN 689.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 595 Financial Markets Study Tour

    Prerequisite: FIN 384 and FIN 485; a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 3.40 or higher; recommendation of a finance faculty member; permission of department head; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    The course consists of three parts; 1. Background research and discussion of selected companies and institutions of one or more major financial center(s) (e.g. New York, Chicago, and/or London) and the economic, political, international, historical, social, ethical, and cultural environment in which they function. 2. A visit of approximately seven days' duration to the financial center(s) to visit selected companies, financial markets, and cultural icons. 3. A final written project and group discussion of the experience. The course involves extensive research, written and oral reporting, and group interaction based upon trust, respect and integrity. May be taught concurrently with FIN 695. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 595 and FIN 695.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 596 Research Issues and Problems: Finance

    Prerequisite: 60 hours; and permission of department head; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Research issues and problems growing from special areas of a student's interest which may require additional depth or breadth of study. Student's proposal and outline of study must be approved prior to enrolling. May be taught concurrently with FIN 697. Cannot receive credit for more than 6 hours of FIN 596 and FIN 697 combined.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 599 Directed Study for CFA Level I Exam

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    The professor and student will devise a study plan, based upon the CFA Institute's Common Body of Knowledge, that will best-prepare the student to pass the CFA Level I Exam in June of the current year. May be taught concurrently with FIN 699. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 599 and FIN 699.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 600 Managerial Finance

    Prerequisite: ACC 600 and ECO 600; and permission of a director of a College of Business Graduate Program.

    Comprehensive study of the finance function in the business enterprise, including financial analysis-planning-forecasting, capital budgeting, leasing, working capital management, capital structure, dividend policy, and multinational finance. Designed for graduate students who have not had an undergraduate course in financial management in the last five years. This course will not be counted in the hours required for a College of Business undergraduate or graduate degree.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 638 Introduction to Estate Planning

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    Estate planning process; fundamentals of intestate distribution, wills, trusts, gifts, life insurance; taxes incidental to an estate; administration of estates and trusts; analysis and selection of devices for lifetime and testamentary transfers of property. Identical with INS 638. May be taught concurrently with FIN 538. Cannot receive credit for more than one of FIN 538, FIN 638, INS 538, or INS 638.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 681 Professional Financial Planning

    Prerequisite: ACC 321 and FIN 381 and FIN 485 and INS 211 and LAW 231; and INS 314 or concurrent enrollment; and FIN/INS 538/638 or ACC 524/624 or concurrent enrollment.

    A case-oriented study of comprehensive financial planning for client families. This course integrates prior knowledge of financial planning principles and practice, investments, insurance, law, tax planning, retirement planning, and estate planning. Advanced topics in these subjects are also presented. The financial planning process, standards of professional practice, and planner ethics are emphasized. May be taught concurrently with FIN 581. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 681 and FIN 581.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 682 International Financial Management

    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA program, or admission to a graduate certificate program within the Finance and General Business Department, or permission from the MBA Program Director, or a director of a graduate program within the College of Business; and grade of B- or better in FIN 380 or FIN 600.

    This course is designed to survey how the key concepts of business finance can be applied in the context of a multinational firm. Topics include: the nature and functioning of the foreign exchange market, parity conditions, foreign exchange risk management, and international investment and financing decisions. May be taught concurrently with FIN 582. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 682 and FIN 582.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 686 International Financial Statement Analysis

    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA program, or admission to a graduate certificate program within the Finance and General Business Department, or permission from the MBA Program Director, or a director of a graduate program within the College of Business; and a grade of B- or better in FIN 380 or FIN 600.

    An introduction to the study of international financial statement analysis emphasizing the financial statement analysis portion of the common body of knowledge from the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. May be taught concurrently with FIN 586. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 686 and FIN 586.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 689 Management of Financial Institutions

    Prerequisite: grade of B- or better in FIN 380; and either FIN 384 or ECO 305.

    A study of the theory and practice of managing depository and non-depository financial institutions. The principal focus is asset and liability management, especially with respect to the risks associated with establishing the ideal balance between the two. Such risks include interest rate, liquidity, credit, foreign exchange and capital risk. The use of money and credit markets, as well as derivative securities to minimize risk as well as to achieve strategic financial objectives is stressed. Management implications of current developments in the interaction between financial institutions and markets are discussed. May be taught concurrently with FIN 589. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 589 and FIN 689.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 695 Financial Markets Study Tour

    Prerequisite: a graduate GPA (Missouri State and transfer) of 3.50 or higher; recommendation of a finance faculty member; permission of department head.

    The course consists of three parts; 1. Background research and discussion of selected companies and institutions of one or more major financial center(s) (e.g. New York, Chicago, and/or London) and the economic, political, international, historical, social, ethical, and cultural environment in which they function. 2. A visit of approximately seven days' duration to the financial center(s) to visit selected companies, financial markets, and cultural icons. 3. A final written project and group discussion of the experience. The course involves extensive research, written and oral reporting, and group interaction based upon trust, respect and integrity. May be taught concurrently with FIN 595. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 695 and FIN 595.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 697 Research Issues and Problems: Finance

    Prerequisite: permission of department head.

    Research issues and problems growing from special areas of a student's interest which may require additional depth or breadth of study. Student's proposal and outline of study must be approved prior to enrolling. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours. May be taught concurrently with FIN 596. Cannot receive credit for more than 6 hours of FIN 596 and FIN 697 combined.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 699 Directed Study for CFA Level I Exam

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    The professor and student will devise a study plan, based upon the CFA Institute's Common Body of Knowledge, that will best-prepare the student to pass the CFA Level I Exam in June of the current year. May be taught concurrently with FIN 599. Cannot receive credit for both FIN 699 and FIN 599.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 780 Advanced Financial Management

    Prerequisite: admission to the MBA program, or admission to a graduate certificate program within the Finance and General Business Department, or permission from the MBA Program Director, or a director of a graduate program within the College of Business; and ACC 711; and a grade of B- or better in FIN 600.

    An advanced study of the theory and practice of corporate financial management, including financial analysis and forecasting, working capital, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, and valuation. The course utilizes cases to emphasize both theory and technology in supporting sound financial decision-making.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 785 Investment Management

    Prerequisite: FIN 780.

    A study of investment theory and practice. Topics include portfolio theory, equilibrium in capital markets, equity and fixed income security analysis, derivatives (options, futures, swaps), portfolio management and strategies.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 787 Seminar in Derivatives

    Prerequisite: FIN 780.

    A study of the fundamentals, pricing, and trading strategies of options, forwards, futures and swaps. Emphasis is placed on the modeling tools most widely used for calculating their prices and related hedging parameters. The course includes an exploration of current/relevant literature concerning market mechanics, participants, and government regulation. Each student will participate in the preparation of a significant team project and presentation.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 788 Healthcare Financial Management

    An introduction to fundamental financial management concepts and skills necessary for managers at a variety of levels in healthcare organizations. The course provides an overview of financial management and how the finance function is organized in healthcare organizations. Topics covered include: tax status, third-party payers, payment methodologies, Medicare and Medicaid, cost accounting and analysis, rate setting, working capital, accounts receivable, budgeting, and financial analysis.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 790 Seminar in Finance

    Prerequisite: 15 graduate hours in business administration and economics including FIN 780 and permission of the coordinator of graduate studies.

    Critical evaluation and interpretation of research and literature in finance.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 794 Internship: Finance

    Prerequisite: permission of the director of the appropriate graduate program and department head.

    In consultation with the coordinating professor, the student is engaged in on-the-job experience with a business, organization, or other professional entity. A portfolio of assigned work shall be collected, examined and evaluated during the semester.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • FIN 796 Independent Study: Finance

    Prerequisite: permission of the director of the appropriate graduate program and department head.

    In consultation with the advisor, student selects for intensive study a specific area of concern related to the student's program with emphasis on research.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

Insurance (INS) courses

  • INS 211 Insurance

    Prerequisite: 24 hours.

    Principles and functions of property, casualty and life insurance with applications in both personal and business situations.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • INS 312 Life Insurance

    Prerequisite: INS 211; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Nature and types of life insurance and annuity contracts insuring human life values for business and personal purposes; principles underlying the calculation of life insurance and annuity premiums, reserves, nonforfeiture values and dividends; introduction of group life insurance, pensions, health, social insurance, settlement options, taxation as related to life insurance programming.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • INS 313 Property and Liability Insurance

    Prerequisite: INS 211; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Analysis and application of risk and insurance principles to direct and consequential losses in fire, marine, inland marine, multiple-line coverages, liability, workers' compensation, fidelity, surety, and crime perils.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • INS 314 Employee Benefits and Social Insurance

    Prerequisite: 30 hours; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    The study of group life and health insurance, retirement programs, Social Security, and other social insurance programs as devices to mitigate economic losses from death, disability, medical costs, retirement, and unemployment in relation to personal and business risk problems.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • INS 397 Topics in Insurance

    Prerequisite: undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Students taking course as independent study, readings, or professional designation courses must obtain department head approval prior to enrollment. A variable content course to intensify and supplement the study of insurance, designed for students desiring to develop toward professional competence in property/casualty, risk management, life/health, employee benefits, financial services, and insurance-related areas. Course design may include independent study, readings, professional designation courses, and/or traditional classroom work. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • INS 415 Risk Management

    Prerequisite: 80 hours including INS 211; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Identifying and analyzing the loss exposures. Developing alternative techniques for treating each exposure with emphasis on risk control and risk financing.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • INS 538 Introduction to Estate Planning

    Prerequisite: 80 hours; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Estate planning process; fundamentals of intestate distribution, wills, trusts, gifts, life insurance; taxes incidental to an estate; administration of estates and trusts; analysis and selection of devices for lifetime and testamentary transfers of property. Identical with FIN 538. May be taught concurrently with INS 638. Cannot receive credit for more than one of FIN 538, FIN 638, INS 538, or INS 638.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • INS 638 Introduction to Estate Planning

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    Estate planning process; fundamentals of intestate distribution, wills, trusts, gifts, life insurance; taxes incidental to an estate; administration of estates and trusts; analysis and selection of devices for lifetime and testamentary transfers of property. Identical with FIN 638. May be taught concurrently with INS 538. Cannot receive credit for more than one of FIN 538, FIN 638, INS 538, or INS 638.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

Law (LAW) courses

  • LAW 231 Legal Environment of Business

    Prerequisite: 24 hours.

    Ethical and legal issues in the domestic and international regulatory environment of business. Foundations of legal reasoning, case analysis, legal dispute resolution and reporting, court systems and sources of law. Substantive areas of torts, contracts, sales, products liability and consumer rights and remedies. Contemporary legal issues explored in such areas as: regulation of environmental practices, deceptive advertising, debt collection, employment, anti-trust and computer law.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 332 Debtor and Creditor Rights and Remedies

    Prerequisite: LAW 231; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Legal aspects of financial transactions. The rules of law governing financial transactions in today's business and personal affairs. Topical areas include commercial paper, secured transactions, and bankruptcy.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 335 Business Enterprises, Rights/Liabilities

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Legal alternatives in the structuring of the business enterprise and its relationship with employees. Topical areas include personal property, bailments, real property, leaseholds, intellectual property rights, franchises, sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, LLC's, agency and employment law. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 335 and LAW 532.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 341 Legal Research and Writing

    Prerequisite: LAW 231; undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Use of primary and secondary legal sources and indexes are examined, including state and federal statutes, government regulations, cases, Shepard's, Missouri Practice series, law reviews and legal encyclopedias; types of legal writing are introduced; research techniques are applied to case analysis and legal writing.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 368 Real Estate Law

    Prerequisite: FIN 266; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program Rights and interests in land; evidence of title; co-ownership; contracts for sale of land; deeds; wills and descent; mortgages; liens; landlord and tenant; restrictions; zoning; brokers.

    Identical with FIN 368. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 368 and FIN 368.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 531 Labor Law and Employment Discrimination

    Prerequisite: LAW 231; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to employer-employee relationship, including employment-at-will doctrine, discrimination and union contracts. May be taught concurrently with LAW 631. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 531 and LAW 631.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 532 Legal Environment of Business Organizations for Professionals

    Prerequisite: LAW 231; and 90 hours; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Agency and employment responsibilities and liabilities facing new and traditional forms of business organizations are compared, along with selected tax and security regulation issues. Personal and real property concepts are examined, along with environmental exposure issues. Selected contract and UCC concepts are reviewed. Issue recognition, problem analysis approach and testing mechanisms are especially appropriate for individuals taking the CPA or other professional exams. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 532 and LAW 335. May be taught concurrently with LAW 632. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 532 and LAW 632.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 537 Environmental Regulation

    Prerequisite: undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Laws and government environmental regulation of air, water and soil quality, energy resources, solid and toxic waste disposal, storage tanks, toxic torts, labeling of toxic substances, recycling; ethical, public policy and international implications such regulations pose for business practices, natural resource utilization, health quality and biodiversity. May be taught concurrently with LAW 637. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 537 and LAW 637.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring (odd-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 539 Legal Regulation of International Commerce

    Prerequisite: LAW 231; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Legal and ethical issues associated with doing business in a global economy. Difference in approach to contracting and merchandising; product standards, protection and liability; trade barriers and regulation of business practices. May be taught concurrently with LAW 639. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 539 and LAW 639.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 550 Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration in Business

    Prerequisite: 60 hours; and undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    A practical, skills-based study of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration from the business manager's perspective. This hands-on course is designed to develop the skills necessary to enable the business manager to effectively participate in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration as alternatives to litigation for resolving business disputes. Identical with BUS 550. May be taught concurrently with LAW 650. Cannot receive credit for more than one of BUS 550, BUS 650, LAW 550, or LAW 650.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 600 Legal Environment for Business Managers

    Prerequisite: permission of a director of a College of Business Graduate Program.

    Contemporary legal and ethical issues encountered by business managers will be discussed, including issues related to torts, vicarious liability, products liability issues; formation and enforcement of contracts and sale of goods; regulatory environment affecting employment practices/discrimination, product advertising and environmental responsibility; economic development issues associated with environmental sustainability, property rights, constitutional law and city planning. Agency liabilities and fiduciary responsibilities of agents and managers in business organizations will be examined. An overview of the court system and legal dispute resolution mechanisms will be integrated. This course is primarily intended for MBA students who do not have equivalent undergraduate business law course work, and this course will not be counted in the hours required for a College of Business graduate degree.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring (even-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 631 Labor Law and Employment Discrimination

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    Legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to employer-employee relationship, including employment-at-will doctrine, discrimination and union contracts. May be taught concurrently with LAW 531. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 631 and LAW 531.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 632 Legal Environment of Business Organizations for Professionals

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    Agency and employment responsibilities and liabilities facing new and traditional forms of business organizations are compared, along with selected tax and security regulation issues. Personal and real property concepts are examined, along with environmental exposure issues. Selected contract and UCC concepts are reviewed. Issue recognition, problem analysis approach and testing mechanisms are especially appropriate for individuals taking the CPA or other professional exams. May be taught concurrently with LAW 532. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 632 and LAW 532.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 637 Environmental Regulation

    Laws and government environmental regulation of air, water and soil quality, energy resources, solid and toxic waste disposal, storage tanks, toxic torts, labeling of toxic substances, recycling; ethical, public policy and international implications such regulations pose for business practices, natural resource utilization, health quality and biodiversity. May be taught concurrently with LAW 537. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 637 and LAW 537.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring (odd-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 639 Legal Regulation of International Commerce

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    Legal and ethical issues associated with doing business in a global economy. Difference in approach to contracting and merchandising; product standards, protection and liability; trade barriers and regulation of business practices. May be taught concurrently with LAW 539. Cannot receive credit for both LAW 639 and LAW 539.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 650 Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration in Business

    A practical, skills-based study of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration from the business manager's perspective. This hands-on course is designed to develop the skills necessary to enable the business manager to effectively participate in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration as alternatives to litigation for resolving business disputes. Identical with BUS 650. May be taught concurrently with LAW 550. Cannot receive credit for more than one of BUS 550, BUS 650, LAW 550, or LAW 650.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 730 Seminar: Contemporary Legal Issues

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 or LAW 600.

    In-depth study of selected contemporary legal issues and their impact on the environment of business. Exploration of legal resources relevant to the topics.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • LAW 733 Legal Regulation of Competition and Monopoly

    Prerequisite: LAW 231 and LAW 335; or LAW 600.

    Evolution of legal theory regarding governmental regulation of business. The judicial application of laws relating to anti-trust, price discrimination, entry regulation, rate making.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings