Admission Requirements

Admission to the honors program in finance is dependent on a student's academic performance through the winter quarter of the junior year. The honors program requires that students have:
 
  • An overall GPA of 3.300 or better
  • Earned a B+ or better in FIN 310
  • Officially declared finance as a major

Students with an overall GPA of 3.300 and a minimum grade of B+ in FIN 310 may apply for admission into the program. The admissions committee will consider the student’s GPA, grade in FIN 310 as well as other evidence of superior academic performance for admission into the program.

Declaration Requirements

To declare a major in Finance Honors, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Acceptance into the Finance Honors program
  • Completion of 28.0 hours at DePaul University
  • The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and with a combined GPA of 2.000 or higher: ACC 101, ACC 102, BLW 201, ECO 105, ECO 106, MAT 135, MAT 136, and MAT 137
  • A minimum cumulative DePaul grade point average of 3.300
  • A minimum Finance (FIN) grade point average of 2.700
  • No grade of IN, R, or lower than C- in any Finance (FIN) course or course used toward the Finance major
  • Completion of FIN 310 with a minimum grade of B+

Course Requirements

In addition to FIN 310 and FIN 320, a student majoring in Finance Honors is required to complete the following courses totaling at least 36.0 hours:  
 

Accounting majors who have taken the financial accounting courses, ACC 304 and ACC 305, are exempt from taking the financial accounting courses taught within the finance cohort, ACC 307-H and ACC 309-H.

This structure differs from the non-honors curriculum since it allows you to take only two open electives in your curriculum, and it requires you to take an extra two credit hour class, Finance 396.

Expectations

A cumulative GPA of 3.000 is required to remain in the program. A student will be dropped from the program if a grade of D or F is earned in any DePaul course after admission to the program.

Once admitted, students will begin the curriculum in the spring quarter of the current academic year, and will complete the curriculum in the winter quarter of the following year. The program consists of a set of courses taught in lock step during the junior and senior years. The honors student cohort will be exposed to rigorous and challenging courses in corporate finance, risk management, financial statement analysis, and financial accounting. Analytical writing and teamwork skills will be emphasized throughout the program.

Open Electives

Open elective credit (10.0 hours) is needed to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.

Degree Conferral Requirements

All Finance (FIN) courses and any courses used toward the Finance major must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and with a combined GPA of 2.000 or higher.

FIN 310

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCE

This course introduces students to the logic, principles, institutions, and terminology of finance. The goal of the course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the role of finance and its functions. It is designed to familiarize the students with tools necessary for making sound financial decisions, both at a personal level and at an enterprise level.
Prerequisites:
ACC 101, ACC 102, ECO 105, ECO 106 and (MAT 135, MAT 136 and MAT 137 or equivalents) are prerequisites for this class.

FIN 320

MONEY AND BANKING

Study of money and banking as a means to understanding how operations of our financial institutions affect functioning of our economic system and evaluation of monetary policies and goals.
Prerequisites:
FIN 310 is a prerequisite for this class.