Craig School of Business


The major in finance is designed to provide you with the financial knowledge and skills required for a successful business career. This field of study attempts to give you a thorough understanding of the theoretical financial principles and the practical implementation of these principles in the world of business. You will learn how financial markets operate and how to make effective investment and financial decisions for firms and individuals. This major is designed to help you develop analytical skills and problem-solving abilities.

Knowledge and practice in the world of finance have become crucial for the success of corporations and of the individuals employed by them. Financial markets are the major conduits through which investments are channeled in the global marketplace. Understanding these markets and how to make investment decisions are crucial for your success in business.

As a Missouri Western State University student, you can take up to 30 credit hours of Craig School of Business  courses without completing the admittance process. Once 30 hours is reached, you must complete the admission process to continue with your business education. All business majors must satisfactorily complete MAT112, MAT116, MAT130, MAT137, MAT147, or MAT167 with a grade of C or better plus PHL230. You also must have completed the ACC202, ECO260 and 261, FIN301, GBA211, 220 and 310, MGT201 and 350, MKT301 and PHL230 courses before entering 400-level business courses.

BSBA Courses for a Finance degree

Business Foundation Courses (BFC)
Course ID Name Credits
ACC 201 Introductory Financial Accounting 3
ACC 202 Introductory Managerial Accounting 3
ECO 260 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECO 261 Principles of Microeconomics 3
FIN 301 Financial Management 3
GBA 210 Business Statistics I OR
MAT 132 Elementary Statistics 3
GBA 211 Business Law I 3
GBA 220 Business Communication 3
GBA 310 Business Statistics II 3
MGT 201 Microcomputer Applications OR
CSC 201 Microcomputer Applications 3
MGT 350 Organizational Behavior 3
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3
Total BFC credits 36


Additional BSBA Requirements:
Course ID Name Credits
MGT 416 Production and Operations Management 3
ACC 418 Accounting Information Systems OR
MGT 418 Management Information Systems 3
MGT 419 Strategic Management 3
PHL 230 Ethics 3
Three credits of Applied Learning 3
Total Additional BSBA Requirements credits 15
Major in Finance
BFC plus Additional BSBA Requirements and all of the following:
Course ID Name Credits
ECO 460 Business & Economic Forecasting 3
FIN 310 Investments 3
FIN 321 Financial Markets & Institutions 3
FIN 401 Financial Management II 3
FIN 412 Futures and Options 3
FIN 431 International Financial Management 3
Two of the following: ACC 330, ACC 331, ACC 333, ACC 336, ECO 363, GBA 311 6
Total Major credits 24