BS in Business - Banking & Finance

This program is offered by the Department of Finance & Accounting

Banking and finance provides an essential understanding of the economic and financial processes and management practices adopted by financial institutions and functions in businesses across industries. The role of the banking sector in today’s economy is also highlighted, with an eye on the different types of banks and the abundance of services they offer. 

This area of emphasis prepares you for the management of private and public institutions’ financial structures. It helps you develop skills in the field of financial analysis, as well as managerial skills in the money and commodities’ markets. It prepares qualified personnel and potential executives for Lebanon’s banking sector and the financial services industry. 

Emphasis Curriculum

The changes in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), business electives, and free electives requirements are applicable for the entering class of Fall 2021. Existing students may choose to follow the old or below new curriculum. 

A minimum of 92 credits are required for graduation, distributed as follows:

  • Business Core Requirements (36 credits)
  • Emphasis Requirements (12 credits)
  • Other Requirements (12 credits)
  • LAS Requirements (30 credits)*
  • Free Electives (8 credits)

* The core business courses ECO201 and ECO202 fulfill 6 of these credits, as they are also LAS Social Sciences requirements.

*FIN405: Investment Analysis is equivalent to FIN411: Security Analysis & Portfolio Management.

Business Core Requirements (36 credits)

  • ACC203 Financial Accounting (3 cr.)
  • ACC204 Managerial Accounting (3 cr.
  • BUS213 Business Law & Ethics (3 cr.)
  • ECO201 Microeconomics (3 cr.)
  • ECO202 Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
  • FIN301 Managerial Finance (3 cr.)
  • ITM211 Information Technology Management (3 cr.)
  • MGT201 Introduction to Management (3 cr.)
  • MGT420 Strategic Planning & Policy Formulation (3 cr.)
  • MKT201 Introduction to Marketing (3 cr.)
  • OPM301 Operation & Production Management (3 cr.)
  • QBA201 Managerial Statistics (3 cr.)
  • BUS299 Civic Engagement (0 cr.)

Emphasis Requirements (12 credits)

  • FIN302 Financial Institutions & Markets (3 cr.) 
  • FIN311 Banking Operations (3 cr.)
  • FIN405 Investment Analysis (3 cr.)
  • FIN413 Corporate Finance (3 cr.)

Other Requirements (12 credits)

Block A: Minimum 6 credits

  • ACC431 Financial Statements Analysis (3 cr.)
  • FIN321 Introduction to Insurance (3 cr.)
  • FIN322 Global Financial Management (3 cr.)
  • FIN323 Islamic Banking & Finance (3 cr.)
  • FIN399 Internship Practicum (1 cr.)
  • FIN401 Senior Seminar in Finance (3 cr.)
  • FIN406 Portfolio Management (3 cr.)
  • FIN421 Financial Derivatives (3 cr.)

Block B: Maximum 6 credits

1- Soft Skills : Maximum 3 credits

  • MGT236 Communication Skills (1 cr.)
  • MGT336 Developing a Business Plan (1 cr.)
  • MGT338 Negotiation Skills (1 cr.)
  • MGT436 Personality & Career Development (1 cr.)
  • MGT438 Leadership Skills (1 cr.) 

2- Vertically Integrated ProjectsMaximum 3 credits

  • VIP201 (1 cr.)
  • VIP301 (1 cr.)
  • VIP401 (1 cr.) 

3- Other Electives 

  • QBA301 Intermediate Managerial Statistics (3 cr.)
  • BDA211 Introduction to Applied Data Analytics (3 cr.)
  • ECO304 Mathematical Methods for Economics (3 cr.)
  • ECO332 Introductory Econometrics (4 cr.)

LAS Requirements (30 credits)

Free Electives (8 credits)

Recommended Study Plan

Year One

Fall (15 credits)

  • ACC203 Financial Accounting (3 cr.)
  • MGT201 Introduction to Management (3 cr.)
  • ECO201 Microeconomics (3 cr.) (SS LAS Elective)
  • LAS Core (3 cr.)
  • LAS Elective (3 cr.)

Spring (15 credits)

  • ACC204 Managerial Accounting (3 cr.)
  • MKT201 Introduction to Marketing (3 cr.)
  • ECO202 Macroeconomics (3 cr.) (SS LAS Elective)
  • BUS299 Civic Engagement (0 cr.)
  • LAS Core (3 cr.)
  • Free Elective (3 cr.)

Year Two

Fall (15 credits)

  • FIN301 Managerial Finance (3 cr.)
  • ITM211 Information Technology (3 cr.)
  • FIN302 Financial Institutions & Markets (3 cr.)
  • QBA201 Managerial Statistics (3 cr.)
  • LAS Elective (3 cr.)

Spring (16 credits)

  • BUS213 Business Law & Ethics (3 cr.)
  • FIN311 Banking Operations (3 cr.)
  • LAS Elective (6 cr.)
  • Free Elective (1 cr.)
  • Business Elective I (3 cr.)

Year Three

Fall (15 credits)

  • FIN405 Investment Analysis (3 cr.)
  • OPM301 Operation & Production Management (3 cr.)
  • Business Elective II (3 cr.)
  • Business Elective III (3 cr.)
  • LAS Elective (3 cr.)

Spring (16 credits)

  • MGT420 Strategic Planning & Policy Formation (3 cr.)
  • FIN413 Corporate Finance (3 cr.)
  • Business Elective IV (3 cr.)
  • LAS Elective (3 cr.)
  • Free Elective (4 cr.)

Career Prospects

Finance-related careers are abundant, as the industry is progressively growing. The finance major can land you a career in a wide range of industries. 

With a banking & finance degree you can work in:

  • Commercial Banking
  • Investment Banking
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Insurance
  • Money Management
  • Private Equity
  • Brokerage Firms
  • Real Estate
  • Public Finance
  • Financial Markets

You may have a career as:

  • Credit Analyst
  • Loan Officer
  • Mortgage Banker
  • Private Banker
  • Financial Analyst
  • Credit Manager
  • Cash Management
  • Benefits Manager
  • Actuary
  • Stock Broker