Finance, Financial Planning, and Insurance

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General Education

The Department of Finance, Real Estate and Insurance is active in promoting financial literacy across the campus. We offer two courses in personal finance designed for all majors and faculty routinely participate in campus events such as Matador Dollar Days and University Orientation.


General Education Courses:

FIN 102 – Financial Literacy

Covers basic financial terms and institutions and the tools necessary for students to make wise financial decisions.  Topics covered include budgeting, borrowing, managing credit, financial planning and related topics.  (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning)

FIN 302 – Personal Finance

Prerequisite: Completion of the lower division writing requirement.  Examination of the concepts necessary for the rational allocation of personal resources. Emphasis is on the significant financial decisions facing each household during its life cycle. The role of financial institutions and governmental economic policy is evaluated in the context of their potential impact on personal financial planning. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning) (IC) – Offered online only.

Which course to take?

FIN 102 is designed for Freshman and Sophomores and is focused on financial skills students will need in their college years and as recent graduates. FIN 302 is designed for Juniors and Seniors and is focused on financial skills students will need over their lifetimes.  FIN 102 is not a prerequisite for FIN 302; students should chose the best course(s) depending on their financial background and interests.