|Description:||Finance involves evaluating profitability and valuing real investments such as capital projects, as well as financial securities such as stocks, bonds, options and futures. In addition to the study of sources of capital and financing decisions of the firm and individual investors, the Finance major also studies the management of financial institutions such as banks and trust companies. The tools of Finance are used by small and large firms, government and individual investors. Instruction in Finance provides valuable information regarding financing and evaluating investment opportunities to students planning to enter into business for themselves. Government and firms employ Finance majors as financial analysts as well as in general management positions. In addition, the financial services industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Canada. Individuals interested in positions in the financial sector, or pursuing either the Chartered Financial Planner (CFP) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations, or completing the Canadian Securities Course (CSC), should consider majoring in Finance.
Students in the BComm Honours Program must complete all requirements for the BComm in their major(s) of choice. In addition, the students must successfully complete 6 credit hours of COMM 497-(3-6) Honours Thesis. The Honours Thesis must be conducted under the supervision of a faculty member with PhD qualifications. Entry to the Honours Program takes place after the end of the second year of BComm studies (I.e., upon completion of at least 60 credit hours) and requires a minimum GPA of 3.33 calculated on the last 60 credit hours completed at the time of declaration to the Honours Program.