Minor in Finance

APU’s finance minor equips students with the theoretical understanding and practical skills necessary for evaluating and directing decisions regarding the allocation of financial resources.

24 units

The finance minor is for students interested in the stewardship of the financial resources of individuals, corporations, or financial institutions. As future managers, students learn the principles and applications of financial analysis, management, and strategy, and gain experience in portfolio construction and management. This program equips students with the theoretical understanding and practical skills necessary to evaluate and direct decisions regarding the allocation of financial resources among a variety of competing opportunities, with the goal of maximizing the value of the resources managed.

Benefits of Adding a Minor

A minor can help students complement their bachelor’s degree and stand out to future employers, helping them expand their employment opportunities as they study an additional area of interest. Complementary minors provide students the opportunity to demonstrate added expertise in their field and specialize in an area that may provide an edge in their job search, and also add knowledge that can be used throughout an individual’s career. 

Experiential Learning Opportunities

As a business club hosted by Azusa Pacific’s School of Business and Management and led by a faculty advisor and a board of finance professionals, SIF involves the practical application of classroom knowledge. Students practice hands-on investment strategies and are engaged to manage a portion of the university endowment through fundamental valuation.

Students joining the SIF have the opportunity to compete in the CFA Institute Research Challenge, which is a competition between university-sponsored teams that research a designated publicly traded company, prepare a written report on that company, then present their findings. SIF and the CFA competition give students hands-on training and mentoring in financial analysis.


Required Courses
BUSI 100Personal Finance 13
BUSI 110Business and Entrepreneurship 13
FIN 300Business Finance for Managers3
FIN 330Financial Analysis F3
FIN 432Investment Analysis S3
FIN 433Applied Portfolio Management F3
Select two of the following:6
Financial Markets and Institutions F
International Trade and Finance S
Financial Risk Management F
Seminar in Finance S
Total Units24

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.

F Offered in Fall only
S Offered in Spring only
F/S Offered in both Fall and Spring terms
EF Offered in Fall in even years
ES Offered in Spring in even years
OF Offered in Fall in odd years
OS Offered in Spring in odd years

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge in multiple business disciplines, including management, finance, marketing, accounting and economics.
  2. Identify and solve business problems using analytical and critical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate business decisions based on a Christian perspective.
  4. Discipline Knowledge: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of financial concepts.
  5. Discipline Problem Solving/Strategy: Solve core financial problems, or analyze financial situations and provide strategy for effectiveness.