UNT Undergraduate Catalog
Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law

Main Office
Business Administration Building, 178
P.O. Box 305339
Denton, TX 76203-5339
(940) 565-3050
Fax: (940) 565-4234

Web site: www.coba.unt.edu/firel/

Imre Karafiath, Chair

Faculty

Professors Chandrasekaran; Karafiath; Kensinger; Roden, CMA; Staff, Thornton, CLU. Associate Professors Baen; Braswell; Cole; J. Conover; Impson; MacDonald; Mason, CPA; McDonald; Poe; Siddiqi, Tripathy. Assistant Professors Foster, Guttery, Van Eaton, Wells.

Introduction

The Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law trains professionals to manage successfully all financial aspects of a firm, and to manage and work within financial institutions, their regulatory bodies, investment firms and mortgage banks. It prepares students for careers in life insurance marketing, brokerage, underwriting and risk management in the insurance industry.

The department educates individuals in real estate finance and investment, brokerage, and appraisal. The business law curriculum prepares business managers to function in the increasingly complex legal environment of business. All programs within the department prepare the student for more advanced professional work or schools and/or a successful career in business.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Business Administration

The department offers the Bachelor of Business Administration in the professional fields listed below. General requirements for the BBA are listed in the "General University Requirements " and the "University Core Curriculum Requirements" in the Academics section and under "Bachelor of Business Administration" in the College of Business Administration section.

Professional Field in Finance, 18 Hours

The following courses are required for the professional field in finance.

Plus 3 hours selected on the basis of the track chosen by the student from the following courses.

Approved Supporting Courses, 12 Hours

Supporting courses selected by the student and approved in advance by the faculty adviser include 6 hours from ACCT 3110, 3120, 3270, 4100, 4130 and 4270.

Financial planning career track option: Course requirements for students seeking specialized training toward career objectives in financial planning are different from those listed above and should be determined by an adviser by the end of the sophomore year. The financial planning curriculum is registered with the International Board of Standards and Practices for Certified Financial Planners (IBCFP). Students who complete specified courses are allowed to sit for certification examinations that may lead to designation as a Certified Financial Planner.

Professional Field in Insurance, 18 Hours

The following courses are required for the professional field in insurance.

Approved Supporting Courses, 12 Hours

FINA 4500 and INSU 4400, plus 6 hours approved in advance by the department chair or professional field adviser.

Students majoring in insurance must earn minimum grades of C in all insurance courses.

Professional Field in Real Estate, 18 Hours

The following courses are required for the professional field in real estate.

Approved Supporting Courses, 12 Hours

FINA 4500, BLAW 4480, BUSI 4660 or MKTG 4280; plus 9 hours approved by the faculty adviser from REAL 3100, 4800; BLAW 4430; FINA 4200, 4400; INSU 2500, 4300; MGMT 3850; MKTG 4010, 4120; ECON 4650; CVET 2160; or other courses as approved by the faculty adviser.

Professional Field in Economics, 18 Hours

The following courses are required for the professional field in economics.

Approved Supporting Courses, 12 Hours

FINA 4500, plus 9 hours approved in advance by the department chair or professional field adviser. Courses in the College of Arts and Sciences may be counted as professional courses in business administration when authorized on a degree plan. Most frequently used are ECON 4150, Public Finance; and ECON 4600, Economic Development.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Business Administration with majors in finance, insurance, and real estate analysis, and the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in finance. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Scholarships

The Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law offers a variety of competitive scholarships for all full-time students majoring in finance, insurance and real estate who have completed at least 24 credit hours at UNT, have a high overall GPA and can demonstrate financial need. Generally scholarships range in value from $100 to $500 with a few exceptions (see list of scholarships below). Application forms are available at the department (Room 178, Business Administration Building). Scholarships may have different deadlines.

Scholarships with Specific Requirements

George Christy Scholarship: Open to undergraduate finance majors who have achieved a 3.5 GPA in at least nine hours of finance course work and a cumulative 3.25 GPA.

Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, Inc. Finance Scholarship: The scholarship varies in value. The competition is open to all finance majors.

FMA (Financial Management Association) Scholarship: To award scholarships to outstanding finance students. This scholarship is funded by the FMA Student Chapter.

UNT Financial Professionals Scholarship: Open to full-time minority students specifically from Dallas ISD who are business majors with a concentration in finance and demonstrate financial need. The students must be enrolled in a 4-year program taking 15 hours per semester and maintain a 2.25 overall GPA and a 2.5 GPA in the major. Award is $500 and is to be used for tuition, fees and books.

Republic Insurance Companies Scholarship: Open to undergraduate insurance students who have outstanding academic records and demonstrate financial need. Both work experience and activities are considered. Approximate award equivalent of full tuition, fees and books for two long semesters, for two recipients.

Dallas Chapter, Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Scholarship: Open to an undergraduate insurance student classified as a junior or senior who has a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrates financial need. Award is $500 per long semester, fall and spring.

Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) Scholarship: Open to both undergraduate and graduate insurance students who have outstanding academic records and demonstrate financial need. Both work experience and activities are considered. Award is typically $1,000 per academic year.

Insurance Women of Dallas (IWD) Scholarship: Open to undergraduate insurance students who have outstanding academic records and demonstrate financial need. Work experience, career goals and activities are considered. An award of $2,000 to $2,500 per academic year is divided among deserving undergraduate insurance students.

Dallas­Fort Worth Chapter of Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Scholarship: Open to undergraduate insurance students who have outstanding academic records and demonstrate financial need. Both work experience and activities are considered. Up to three $1,000 annual scholarships are awarded.

Check with the department for requirements for the following scholarships:

EDS Scholarship

Financial Executives Institute Scholarship

Graduate Scholarship in International Finance

Joe Skiles Scholarship

Rockwell International Scholarship

Real Estate Scholarship

Courses of Instruction

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