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Department of Finance

Mission Statement

The Department of Finance is committed to contributing knowledge in the field of finance through research and education. The department strives to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs in finance and supports other programs within the College of Business. Theory and application are melded to provide an environment in which new ideas are developed to meet the challenges and transformations arising in a changing world of financial practices and innovations, thereby preparing students for successful careers and providing employers with a workforce trained to shape the future. The Department supports high-quality academic research in all areas of finance.

The Department of Finance offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Real Estate Finance and Development. A major in finance gives students the opportunity to learn the basic financial theories and applications needed in managerial financial decision making. Areas in finance include corporate finance, investments, insurance, real estate, and financial institutions and markets. The degree in real estate finance and development is designed for students interested in managing businesses associated with real estate and the planning, financing, development, and construction of building projects. The department offers a Minor in Finance and a Minor in Real Estate that are available only to students pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree. Minors in Construction Management and in Facility and Property Management are only available to students pursuing a Real Estate Finance and Development degree.

Department Honors

The Department of Finance offers the opportunity for certain of its outstanding students to achieve the designation of Honors in Major and provides the opportunity for advanced study under close faculty supervision.

Selection for honors designation is based on the student’s academic performance and recommendation by the Department Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC) in consultation with the faculty of the student’s major discipline. To be eligible for the designation, students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 at UTSA and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in their major at UTSA. To enroll in honors thesis courses and to graduate with the honors designation, these minimum grade point averages must be maintained. Students applying for Honors in Major are expected to enroll in the appropriate honors thesis course during their final two semesters. The completed thesis must be approved by the supervising faculty sponsor from the student’s discipline and the UPC. Students interested in this program should contact the Department of Finance office for additional information. Department honors can be attained independent of, or in addition to, University Honors. In order to have departmental honors noted on the transcript, students must submit a letter of request for departmental honors to the Department Chair by Census Date of their last semester.

Degrees and Minors

Course Descriptions