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Department ofFinance

Academic Programs

The finance major at Santa Clara University will prepare you for success in making and managing financial decisions.

You will learn not only the theory of finance, but the practice of finance in the real world. We will teach you how to apply the skills you learn to meet the ever-increasing complexity and demands of today's industry. Keeping with the university's Jesuit tradition, as a finance major you will examine how ethics and finance shape each other; and the role you, as a future business leader, will play in this process.

You can also minor in Real Estate through the finance department. Real estate is critical in maintaining the economic vitality of Silicon Valley and improving the standard of living. With an increasing need for accommodation of both residential and commercial real estate services for young generations, new home buyers, entrepreneurs, and immigrants, Silicon Valley is confronted with the challenge of offering affordable housing and support for social facilities and organizations - challenges that can only be solved with the resources and competence of the real estate industry. Real estate minor provides undergraduate students from across the university opportunities to develop fundamental skills that can help them create and lead real estate companies to tackle these challenges.

Major Requirements

All students wishing to major in finance through the Leavey School of Business must complete both the University core curriculum requirements and the Leavey School of Business core requirements for the bachelor of science in commerce. In addition, students must complete the following departmental requirements: 

Course Units Description
FNCE 124 5 Units Investments
FNCE 125 5 Units Corporate Financial Policy
4 upper-division finance electives   Excluding FNCE 118, 127, and 129

Real Estate Minor

Real Estate minor allows undergraduate students from across the university to develop fundamental skills that enable them to support, create, and lead real estate companies. Many disciplines contribute to this truly multidisciplinary field, which embodies the financing, acquisition, development, and ongoing management of real estate. The curriculum is designed to provide students across various disciplines, both within and outside of the business school, the opportunity to explore how to leverage their academic field of expertise in the world of real estate.

*The Real Estate minor was expanded effective July 2022.  Students who declare the minor prior to July 2023 have the option to complete the minor based on the new 2022 requirements or the legacy requirements

Note:  Keep in mind that given the truly interdisciplinary nature of this minor, students must crosscheck the most current pre-requisite information for each of the classes below with CourseAvail, the University Bulletin and the respective academic departments.

All Real Estate minors must take the following core requirements:

  • FNCE 118 (Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above or ACTG 11 or ACTG 11A)
  • FNCE 127 or FNCE 129* (Prerequisites FNCE 118)

*Students who take both FNCE 127 & FNCE 129 can use the second class toward fulfilling their Real Estate Minor elective requirement.

All Real Estate minors must take the following elective requirements:

  • Business School Students must complete 3 electives from the list below.
  • Non-Business School Students must complete 4 electives from the list below.**

** Non-Business School Students who have taken the following foundational business courses: BUSN 70, ACTG 11 or ACTG 11A, and FNCE 121, need only take 3 electives from the list below.

 

Primary Elective List:
Students may select all of their electives from the Primary Elective List, or they may add at most one elective from the Secondary List.

  • FNCE  127/129 (Prerequisites for both FNCE 118) 
  • FNCE  128 (Prerequisites FNCE 121/121S)
  • ECON 156 (Prerequisites ECON 3, grade of C- or better in ECON 41 & ECON 42 or OMIS 41)
  • ENVS 116 (Prerequisites ENVS 21, 22, or 23; or permission of instructor)
  • ENVS 128 (Prerequisites  ENVS 22 recommended)
  • CENG 118 (Prerequisites Junior standing or above) 3 units
  • CENG 119 (Prerequisites Junior standing or above) 3 units

Secondary Elective List
Students may use at most one of the following courses toward their Real Estate minor.

  • CENG 128 (Prerequisites Junior standing or above) 3 units
  • FNCE 143 (Prerequisites  FNCE 121/121S)
  • OMIS 114 (Prerequisites   OMIS 30) 
  • OMIS 115 (Prerequisites  OMIS 114)
  • OMIS 116 (Prerequisites   OMIS 114)
  • OMIS 118 (Prerequisites   OMIS 114, OMIS 116)
  • MKTG 189 (Prerequisites  MKTG 181 or 181S)

Note for Finance Majors: FNCE 118, 127, and 129 do not count toward the upper-division elective for finance majors.

Note for Non-Business Majors : FNCE 127 and FNCE 129 extensively use Excel, particularly in making time-value calculations relevant for the assessment of real estate development and transactions (e.g., PV, FV, NPV, IRR, etc.). Many of these functions are introduced in FNCE 118, but students should keep in mind that FNCE 127 and FNCE 129 will place much greater emphasis on the use of Excel to complete individual and group assignments. Although OMIS 15 (Intro to Spreadsheets) is not a prerequisite to these courses, students who feel less comfortable with Excel should reach out to instructors in advance for recommendations on remedial work to ensure a successful experience.

How to Apply:
Fill out the online Program Petition Form on the Office of the Registrar Forms page. Students will receive an email when the program petition form is approved by the academic department and sent to the Office of the Registrar. 

As of 11/1/22, all new Real Estate minors will be automatically enrolled under the new 2022 requirements unless they email the Finance Department to request the legacy requirements. 

For current Real Estate minors who would like to change to the 2022 requirements, please email the Finance Department with your request.

Students who declare the minor prior to July 2023 have the option of the legacy requirements outlined below.

Under the legacy requirements, all Real Estate minors must complete the following:

  • FNCE 118 - Prerequisites: Sophomore Standing or Above or ACTG 11 (business majors) / ACTG 11A (non-business majors)
  • Four courses from:
    • FNCE 127 (Prerequisites FNCE 118)
    • FNCE 128 (Prerequisites FNCE 121 or 121S)
    • FNCE 129 (Prerequisites FNCE 118)
    • FNCE 143 (Prerequisites FNCE 121 or 121S)
    • ECON 156 (Prerequisites ECON 3, OMIS 41 or ECON 41 & ECON 42
    • ENVS 128

Non-business students minoring in Real Estate must also complete the following requirements:

  • FNCE 121 (Prerequisites ACTG 11A & OMIS 40 or Math 8)
  • ACTG 11A (non-business majors)
  • BUSN 70 or BUSN 170

*Note for finance majors: FNCE 118, 127 and 129 will not meet upper-division elective requirements for the finance major.

How to Apply:
Fill out the online Program Petition Form on the Office of the Registrar Forms page. Students will receive an email when the program petition form is approved by the academic department and sent to the Office of the Registrar. 

For current Real Estate minors who would like to change to the 2022 requirements, please email the Finance Department with your request.

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