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.
Finance Undergraduate Course Listing
2000 Level Course
FIN2520: Personal Finance (Fall) - NOTE: DOES NOT COUNT TOWARD FINANCE CONCENTRATION.
3000 Level Courses
FIN3515: Corporate Financial Management (Fall, Spring)
FIN3520: Security Valuation (Fall, Spring)
FIN3555: Real Estate Investment (Fall, Spring)
FIN3560: Financial Markets & Instruments (Fall, Spring)
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 (Fall)
FIN4520,4521: Babson College Fund (Fall, Spring)
FIN4570: Global Financial Management (Fall)
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.
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.) Neither Personal Finance (FIN2520) nor Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) may count toward the 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