Students acquire an understanding of the operation of the individual firm and the environment in which it must function, as well as a command of the analytical tools essential to decision making. Thus, students selecting a major in the department are required to become knowledgeable in four distinct, but interrelated areas of study: analytical tools, including computers, spread sheet software, statistics, and economics; functional area knowledge of the business firm, including Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing ; environmental issues, including an examination of both the legal and economic frameworks that condition business decisions and actions; and technical skills in the specific functional area chosen as a concentration in Finance. Student in the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program master finance terminology, tools, techniques, and analytical frameworks that are required to truly have an impact in organizations and how to integrate financial analyses into the context of an overall business strategy.
Popular press resources such as newspapers and magazines are expert but non-scholarly sources that report basic facts and offer opinions. One benefit of these sources is that they are printed shortly after an event, but they do not reach the level of analysis necessary for scholarly work.
Dictionaries are most often collections of words in one or more specific languages, usually arranged in alphabetical order, providing information like word meanings, usage, etymology, and, when they contain more than one language, translations. Some dictionaries include information more commonly found in encyclopedias. Encyclopedias are collections of information on terms, figures, eras, locations also arranged alphabetically, and, alongside definitions of terms, they also include more in-depth general information on a topic. Encyclopedias can be general or subject-specific.