Fields of Study



Finance is about how to allocate monetary resources in an optimal way to maximize value and minimize risk. It could be a portfolio manager trying to choose an optimal combination of stocks and bonds to maximize the return. It could be a financial manager in a corporation trying to determine an optimal mix of debt and equity financing to maximize the value of the firm or minimize the cost of capital. It could be a risk manager trying to determine the minimum risk while achieving a certain level of return. It could be parents trying to allocate their income into daily activities and savings to optimize a combination of spending and investment. Studying finance is important not only to financial professionals but also to pretty much everybody.

Everyone should learn a bit of finance. The finance group here at Smith School of Business offers a variety of courses to meet students' learning objectives and career pursuits.


COMM 321 Derivative Securities
COMM 322 Advanced Corporate Finance
COMM 323 Corporate Financial Planning
COMM 324 Investment and Portfolio Management
COMM 326 Private Equity
COMM 328 International Finance
COMM 329 Management of Financial Institutions
COMM 420 Financial Technology and Innovation

Course offerings vary year to year, the course term is subject to change, course enrolment is limited, and courses may be cancelled due to instructor availability or low enrolment. Use SOLUS to get the most up-to-date course offerings

Course Selection Guide

Career InterestSuggested Courses
Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Sales, Trading 321, 322, 323, 324, 328
Equity and Fixed Income Research 321, 322, 323, 324, 328
Financial Institution Management, Wealth Management 321, 322, 324, 329
Commercial Banking 322, 323, 324, 329
Government Financial Institution 324,326, 327, 328, 329
Accountant 322, 323, 324
Graduate Work 322, 324, 326
General Interest 322, 324, 326
CourseĀ Career Interest
COMM 321 Investors, Portfolio Managers, Risk Managers
COMM 322 Corporate Finance, Investment Bankers
COMM 323 Corporate Finance, Bankers, Investment Bankers
COMM 324 Security Analysts, Portfolio Managers, Investors
COMM 325 Portfolio Managers, Securities Analysts
COMM 326 Bankers, Financial Economists
COMM 327 Potential Academics, Advanced Security Analysts
COMM 328 International Corporate Finance, Investment Bankers
COMM 329 Bankers, Managers of Financial Institutions


Please refer to the faculty profiles for individual research interests and publications.