Minor in Financial Forensic Investigations
This minor will be attractive to both business and criminal justice students and will prepare them for careers that integrate both fields. The minor in Financial Forensic Investigations will prepare students for possible careers in forensic accounting, forensic examinations, and fraud investigations. The minor will most likely appeal to students in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA)-track concentration to the Business Administration degree as they can use it to earn the additional 30 credit hours needed to sit for the CPA exam. The minor will also allow the Criminal Justice majors to prepare for additional career paths.
Because of expected increase of fraud, graduates with a foundational knowledge of how to deter and detect fraud will likely be in demand. The minor introduces the field of fraud investigations and provides the background students would need to sit for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam, which provides additional credentials to graduates.
Upon completion of the Financial Forensic Investigations Minor, students will be able to:
- Develop strategies to deter and detect fraud
- Create a plan to investigate alleged fraud
- Evaluate the internal controls of a firm
- Apply criminal and civil law to fraud cases
- Obtain a professional certification such as the CFE
Course Requirements (21 cr)*
- SPEA-J370 Seminar in White Collar Crime
- SPEA-J320 Criminal Investigation
- BUS-A201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
- BUS-A318 Fraud Examination I
- BUS-A350 Principles of Forensic Accounting
- SPEA-J302 Procedural Criminal Law
- BUS-A465 Financial Investigations
Students who are not Criminal Justice majors should take SPEA-J101 The American Criminal Justice System and SPEA-J201 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies toward the Social Science electives in General Education requirements. SPEA-J101 may be a prerequisite for other required Criminal Justice courses in the minor.*
The total hours for the minor will include courses that are already part of both Business and Criminal Justice majors curriculum.
Business majors take BUS-A201 as part of the business core. This leaves an additional six courses to earn the minor.
Criminal Justice majors are required to take SPEA-J101, SPEA-J201, SPEA-J320, and SPEA-J302 for their degree. The additional courses needed for the minor are SPEA-J370 and the four BUS-A courses.*
*Anticipated Course Changes
Criminal justice courses use the SPEA-J prefix. This is expected to change in Fall 2013 to CJUS-P; some course numbers, and even titles, will also change. These are the expected changes: SPEA-J370 → CJUS-P457 Seminar in White Collar Crime; SPEA-J320 → CJUS-P320 Criminal Investigation; SPEA-J302 → CJUS-P376 Procedural Criminal Law; SPEA-J101 The American Criminal Justice System → CJUS-P100 Introduction to Criminal Justice; SPEA-J201 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies → CJUS-P200 Theories of Crime and Deterrence.