BS in Personal Financial Planning with Emphasis in Financial Counseling
Degree Program Description
The Financial Counseling emphasis brings together a sound knowledge of personal finance with a solid background in counseling. Courses cover personal finance, social work, and human development and family science. In addition to preparing students to work with individuals and families in a wide range of financial service occupations, this emphasis area develops tools needed to help address the human issues often accompanying financial problems. Students may prepare for the Certified Retirement Counselor® (CRC®) or Certified Retirement Administrator® (CRA®) designation, or take the exam that leads to earning the Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) designation.
Major Program Requirements
The Professional Program is comprised of three areas listed below: departmental core requirements, supporting coursework, and professional specialization courses. To be admitted to the Financial Counseling emphasis area, students must have a University of Missouri cumulative GPA of at least a 2.25, based on at least 50 credits attempted. Students who wish to pursue a Financial Counseling emphasis areas must earn at least a grade of C (2.0) or better in FINPLN 2183 and FINPLN 3283 to move to the professional program. A grade in the D range is allowed in only one course in the professional program (unless otherwise noted), regardless of emphasis area.
Departmental Core Requirements
|FINPLN 2083||Financial Planning Careers *||1|
|FINPLN 2183||Personal and Family Finance *||3|
|FINPLN 3282||Financial Counseling *||3|
|FINPLN 3283||Financial Planning: Computer Applications *||3|
|FINPLN 4187||Tax Planning||3|
|FINPLN 4188||Community Agencies and Volunteerism||3|
|FINPLN 4380W||Assessing the American Dream - Writing Intensive||3|
|FINPLN 4382||Financial Planning: Risk Management||3|
|FINPLN 4383||Financial Planning: Investment Management||3|
|FINPLN 4387||Consumer and Household Economics||3|
|ECONOM 1014||Principles of Microeconomics *||3|
|or ABM 1041||Applied Microeconomics|
|ECONOM 1015||Principles of Macroeconomics *||3|
|or ABM 1042||Applied Macroeconomics|
|ECONOM 3229||Money, Banking and Financial Markets||3|
|MANGMT 3540||Introduction to Business Law||3|
|MATH 1400||Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I||3|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology||3|
|SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|ACCTCY 2036||Accounting I||3|
|or ACCTCY 2010||Introduction to Accounting|
|STAT 2500||Introduction to Probability and Statistics I||3|
Professional Specialization Requirements
|FINPLN 4993||Internship in Personal Financial Planning||3|
|H_D_FS 4610||Stress and Resilience in Families||3|
|H_D_FS 4620||Family Interaction||3|
|H_D_FS 4630||The Process of Divorce||3|
|SOC_WK 2000||Exploration in Social and Economic Justice||3|
|or SOC_WK 2000W||Exploration in Social and Economic Justice - Writing Intensive|
|SOC_WK 4710||Social Justice and Social Policy||3|
Requires a grade of C (2.0) or higher.
|American History or Government||3||ECONOM 1015 or ABM 1042||3|
|GN_HES 1100||1||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|HES Foundation||3||FINPLN 2183||3|
|MATH 1100||3||MATH 1400||3|
|PSYCH 1000||3||SOCIOL 1000||3|
|Science w/ Lab||3|
|ECONOM 1014 or ABM 1041||3||ACCTCY 2036||3|
|FINPLN 2083||1||ECONOM 3229||3|
|FINPLN 3283||3||FINPLN 3282||3|
|STAT 2500||3||H_D_FS 4610||3|
|H_D_FS 4620||3||FINPLN 4188||3||FINPLN 4993||3|
|FINPLN 4187||3||H_D_FS 4630||3|
|FINPLN 4382||3||SOC_WK 2000||3|
|HES Foundation (WI)||3-4||General Elective||6|
|FINPLN 4380W||3||FINPLN 4387||3|
|Total Credits: 120-121|
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