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B.S. in Financial Information and Analysis

The field of Financial Information and Analysis (FI&A) provides students with expertise in the wide range of issues common to both finance and accounting. This includes the role of accounting as the basic language of business, the importance of accounting information systems in organizational decision making, and the use of this information by financial decision makers in managing assets and investments. The knowledge and skills developed through our unique curriculum provide graduates with the abilities to succeed in a workplace that is integrating the traditional functions of finance and accounting. The FI&A curriculum gives each student a fundamental knowledge of managerial and cost accounting, and financial statement analysis. Career opportunities for graduates in FI&A include fields such as management accounting, accounting information systems design, financial management, investment management, financial services, and corporate financial planning.

Students earning a degree in Financial Information and Analysis must complete the Clarkson Common Experience and complete 120 credits including the following: 33 credits of Clarkson Common Experience requirements (including the Clarkson Seminar, two mathematics courses {calculus and statistics}, two science courses {one of which must include a lab}, five knowledge area courses, and a technology course); 42 credits of foundation coursework in business; 27 credits of specialized business courses to satisfy the major requirements; and 18 credit hours of electives. Since 50% of coursework must be taken outside the School of Business (no more than 3 economics and 2 statistics courses can count as non-business courses), most of the electives, depending on courses chosen for the Clarkson Common Experience, will need to be taken outside the School of Business.

Required courses include:
SB305 Cost Accounting   FN464 Financial Management II
AC403 Financial Reporting & Analysis I   FN470 Strategic Financial Management
AC404 Financial Reporting & Analysis II   FN462 Investments
         
Students choose three Professional Electives:
AC407 Taxation of Business Entities   FN455 Venture Capital and Private Equity
AC421 Accounting Information Systems   FN467 International Finance
AC431 Advanced Accounting: Investment   FN475 Portfolio Management
  and Ownership Interests      
EC356 Money and Banking      

The following would be the typical Third- and Fourth-Year Plan. There is enough flexibility so that students studying abroad during the third year should still be able to complete the degree requirements.

Third Year — First Semester   Third Year — Second Semester
Course   Title     Course Title
FN361   Financial Management

 3

  AC404 Fin. Reporting & Analysis II

 3

AC403   Fin. Reporting & Analy. I

 3

  OS352 Strategic Human Resource Management  3
SB305   Cost Management

 3

    Non-Business Elective  3
    Free Elective

 3

    Non-Business Elective: Clarkson Common Experience Knowledge Area Requirement  3
    Non-Business Elective

 3

     Non-Business Elective  3
     

15

     
15
               
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Fourth Year — First Semester   Fourth Year — Second Semester
Course   Title   Course Title  
FN462   Investments

 3

  OS432 Org. Policy & Strategy  3
FN464   Financial Management II

 3

  FN470 Strategic Fin. Management  3
    Non-Business Elective: Clarkson Common Experience Knowledge Area Requirement

 3

    Professional Elective  3
    Professional Elective

 3

    Non-Business Elective: Clarkson Common Experience Knowledge Area Requirement  3
    Professional Elective

 3

    Non-Business Elective  3
     

15

       
15