Finance

College: 
W.P. Carey School of Business
Academic Unit: 
Department of Finance
Campus: 
Tempe

The Department of Finance offers many options for W. P. Carey honors students. Each semester, the department offers FIN 303 which counts toward the requirements of the finance major. Students who complete FIN 303 will be allowed to apply credits earned from their FIN 493 thesis project toward major elective requirements. Additionally, the department operates the Intel Collaborative Thesis Program and Investment Portfolio Management program and offers special consideration to honors students applying to the Investment Banking Industry Scholars (IBIS) program. Each of these programs offers students the opportunity to learn hands-on about a particular field of finance and interact with professionals in that field.

Faculty Honors Advisors

Mark Simonson
480.965.0613

Thesis/Creative Projects: 

Generally, theses competed in the Department of Finance are scholarly research projects involving an analysis that is presented in written form. Many students chose to complete a group thesis, including those participating in the Intel Collaborative Thesis Program in which honors students in teams of three to five are paired with Intel employees in a real-time work environment applying their knowledge to active business cases. The department requires a two-person thesis committee. The thesis director must be a continuing faculty member at ASU with a terminal degree; the second committee member can be anyone with sufficient expertise in the thesis topic.

Academic Preparation: 

There are no required courses to complete before embarking on thesis projects, but it is recommended that students consider selecting electives that match their planned thesis topic.

Other Honors Opportunities: 

The Department of Finance offers many options for W. P. Carey honors students. Each semester, the department offers FIN 303 which counts toward the requirements of the finance major. Students who complete FIN 303 will be allowed to apply credits earned from their FIN 493 thesis project toward major elective requirements. Additionally, the department operates the Intel Collaborative Thesis Program and Investment Portfolio Management program and offers special consideration to honors students applying to the Investment Banking Industry Scholars (IBIS) program. Each of these programs offers students the opportunity to learn hands-on about a particular field of finance and interact with professionals in that field.

Additionally, W. P. Carey is proud to offer a specialized honors version of core business curriculum. This honors version, offered in Fall and Spring semesters, takes a deeper dive into course material and allows students to engage on a higher level with their faculty and peers. Students of all business majors are able to access these courses:

  • ACC 261 Honors Fundamentals of Financial Accounting covers ACC 231/232
  • ACC 271 Honors Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting covers ACC 241/242
  • CIS 236 Honors Information Systems covers CIS 105 & 236
  • ECN 231 Honors Business Statistics covers ECN 221
  • FIN 303 Honors Finance covers FIN 300/302
  • MKT 303 Honors Marketing Theory & Practice covers MKT 300/302
  • MGT 303 Honors Organizational Strategies/Leadership covers MGT 300
  • SCM 303 Honors Global Supply Operations covers SCM 300