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 SME2021 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

  • FIN2520 Personal Finance (Fall)*

3000 Level

  • 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

  • FIN4505 Financial Trading Strategies and Risk Management [Not offered in AY2021-2022] 
  • FIN4510 Corp. Financial Modeling (Fall, Spring)
  • FIN4530 Investments (Fall, Spring)
  • FIN4535 Fixed Income and Structured Products (Spring)
  • FIN4540 Corporate Financial Strategy (Spring)
  • FIN4545 Alternative Investments (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: Courses FIN2520, FIN3511, and FIN3512 do not count towards the 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 ACC3502 Intermediate Accounting for Finance). 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.

Finance Concentration Requirements

  • SME2021 Principles of Finance

Also:

  • Four or more 3000-level and above Finance courses, totaling a minimum of 16 credits.
  • No more than 4 credits can be used towards the Finance Concentration from:
    • FIN3555 Real Estate Investment
    • FIN3565 Real Estate Development
  • Courses that don't count toward the Financance Concentration:
    • FIN2520 Personal Finance
    • FIN3511 Residential Real Estate
    • FIN3512 Real Estate Transactions and Law
    • Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE)
  • A minimum of 4 Finance courses with a FIN designation at the 3000 level and above or a minimum of 16 credits can be transferred in from courses taken elsewhere or abroad toward the Finance Concentration. (For the purpose of counting courses toward the concentration, FIN5550 counts as a 3000-level Finance course.)
  • 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.

Real Estate Concentration

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