Take Principles of Finance online at your own pace
Gain an understanding of foundational finance concepts such as financial statements, market instruments, capital budgeting and more. Go at your own speed and apply college-level credits toward your degree.
ACE Credit®-recommended for 3.0 semester credits
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Sophia's Principles of Finance course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of finance. Specifically, you will learn about the operating environment of the firm, financial statements, and financial ratios. You will also learn about the time value of money, the characteristics of market instruments, the process of capital budgeting, and elements of working capital management.
Assessments and grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 15 Challenges (formative assessments) and 5 Milestones (summative assessments) with an overall score of 70% or better.
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