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Undergraduate Curriculum

Overview

The finance elective curriculum is designed to develop individual competency in the financial tools and analysis that help managers make better decisions, whether they specialize in finance or not. It serves two types of students: those interested in supplementing the core finance material with selected topics of interest and those wishing to pursue careers in finance. We welcome those students interested in "just a little more finance" and have set up our curriculum to be almost entirely free of prerequisites beyond SME 2021: Principles of Finance for this reason. Students who are not interested in concentrating in finance are encouraged to take FIN2520: Personal Finance to help prepare for the financial decisions they will need to make upon graduation. We encourage all students to read our course descriptions and choose a topic or two that sounds interesting. For students interested in pursuing a Finance-intensive curriculum at Babson, we recommend the Finance Concentration.
For more detailed descriptions go to our Undergraduate Courses

Finance Undergraduate Course Listing

2000 Level Course

FIN2520: Personal Finance (Fall) ***
 

3000 Level Courses

FIN3511: Residential Real Estate (Fall) ***
FIN3512: Real Estate Transactions and Law (Fall) ***
FIN3515: Corporate Financial Management (Fall, Spring)
FIN3520: Security Valuation (Spring)
FIN3555: Real Estate Investment (Fall, Spring)
FIN3560: Financial Markets & Instruments (Fall)
FIN3565: Real Estate Development (Fall)

4000 Level Courses

FIN4505: Financial Trading Strategies and Risk Management (Fall)
FIN4510: Corp. Financial Modeling (Fall, Spring)
FIN4530: Investments (Fall, Spring)
FIN4535: Fixed Income and Structured Products (Spring)
FIN4540: Corporate Financial Strategy (Spring)
FIN4560: Options & Futures (Spring)
FIN4520,4521: Babson College Fund (Fall, Spring)
FIN4570: Global Financial Management (Fall)
FIN4571: Real Estate Finance and Advanced Modeling (Fall, Spring)
 
**** Note: FIN2520, FIN3511, FIN3512 DO NOT COUNT TOWARDS FINANCE CONCENTRATION.

Course Planning and Sequencing

Though the concentration in finance requires four courses, many prospective employers expect students to take a broad array of finance courses that will exceed this number. Students who want to take finance to augment a concentration in another area should consider taking only one or two 3000 level finance courses. In the past, students who are most successful at getting finance-related job offers have also taken at least one course in Accounting I (most common is Intermediate Accounting for Finance, ACC3502). Students who may be unsure about a path involving finance are encouraged to try out a 3000 level Finance course that sounds interesting from the list above.

Finance Concentration

The Finance concentration is designed to provide functional depth in the field of Finance. Students who are interested in learning about or pursuing careers in Investments, Corporate Finance, or Investment Banking/Financial Consulting can combine the Finance concentration with other non-finance course offerings or external activities to supplement the learning experience. The Finance concentration requires the successful completion of SME: Principles of Finance (SME 2021) and a minimum of 4  Finance courses (with a FIN designation at the 3000 level and above, totaling a minimum of 16 credits. At least one of the 4 courses must be a 4000 level Finance course. No more than 8 credits can be transferred in from courses taken elsewhere or abroad toward the Finance concentration; at least 8 of the 16 credits must be taken at Babson. (For the purpose of counting courses toward the concentration, FIN5550 counts as a 3000 level Finance course.) No more than 4 credits can be used towards the finance concentration from Real Estate Investment (FIN3555) and Real Estate Development (FIN3565). Personal Finance (FIN2520), Residential Real Estate (FIN3511), Real Estate Transactions and Law (FIN3512), and Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) do not count toward the Finance Concentration. Independent Studies approved by Finance faculty may count toward the concentration with the approval of the Chair of the Finance Division.  

Finance Learning Paths

  • Corporate Financial Management Path
  • Corporate Advisory Path
  • Investments Path
  • Real Estate Path
For more detailed information go to the Undergraduate Finance Learning Paths

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Real Estate Concentration

Students graduating after May 2021:

To complete this concentration, you must take a minimum of four courses from the following list:

  • FIN3511 Residential Real Estate
  • FIN3512 Real Estate Transactions and Law
  • FIN3555 Real Estate Investment
  • FIN3565 Real Estate Development
  • FIN4571 Real Estate Finance and Advanced Modeling

Students graduating on or before May 2021:

To complete this concentration, the requirements can be satisfied as above, or by the following:

Required:

  • FIN 3555 Real Estate Investment
  • FIN 3565 Real Estate Development
  • FIN 4571 Real Estate Finance and Advanced Modeling

Plus, choose one of:

  • EPS 3501 Entrepreneurship and Opportunity
  • FIN 3511 Residential Real Estate
  • FIN 3512 Real Estate Transactions and Law
  • FIN 3535 Financing and Valuing Sustainability
  • LAW 3573 Building Contracts for New Ventures
  • MKT 3510 Marketing Research
  • MOB 3580 Negotiations
  • HIS 4626 Global Cities

If you are graduating in 2019 or 2020 and you have met the criteria for the old concentration please contact the division chair (rdavies@babson.edu) for guidance or to discuss further.