Minor in Financial Literacy for Helping Professionals

The School of Social Work has collaborated with Personal Financial Planning department within the College of Human Environmental Sciences to develop a minor in Financial Literacy for Helping Professionals. As front line helping professionals encounter clients who face challenging economic situations, skills in addressing those challenges and knowledge of foundational personal finance information will aid in helping clients. Knowledge of predatory lending practices, social welfare policy designed to help the working and non-working poor, and tax strategies to enhance financial situations will be addressed. This minor hopes to embrace the imperative need to educate our graduates on the role of financial literacy for those professionals who will serve others.

Students who complete the financial literacy minor may not refer to themselves as BSW-level social workers upon graduation. Fifteen credits are required to complete the financial literacy minor.

Minor Requirements

FINPLN 2183Personal and Family Finance *3
FINPLN 3282Financial Counseling *3
FINPLN 4188Community Agencies and Volunteerism (taught in spring semester only; students will need to attend a workshop in order to certify for IRS compliance)3
SOC_WK 4750Interaction Skills Workshop3
Select one of the following:3
Exploration in Social and Economic Justice
Social Justice and Social Policy
Total Credits15

Note: Satisfactory completion (as defined by C range grade or above) of Microeconomics and College Algebra is required. Satisfactory completion (as defined by C range grade or above) of each required course is necessary in order to attain this minor. This minor is available to students regardless of major.

The student must have an overall GPA requirement of a 2.5 to apply for the minor.

This minor is available to students regardless of academic major. A student must complete the application minor information and submit to Student Service Coordinator in Clark Hall for approval. The student must be graduating from a distinct discipline to be eligible for the minor. The minor will be added to the student's myZou record upon completion to be given simultaneously with the degree.

Support Process: The student may meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Student Service Coordinator for advising regarding the Financial Literacy for Helping Professionals minor.

Application for the Financial Literacy for Helping Professionals Minor