BSHES in Personal Financial Planning

Degree Program Description

Personal Financial Planning prepares students to play a role in improving the financial well-being of individuals and families by providing affordable, unbiased education and counseling in all areas of personal finance. The curriculum emphasizes the complimentary relationship between factors that affect financial decisions and economics and financial analysis techniques. Graduates excel in providing client–centered financial management advice, and are employed as financial planners, Extension agents, and consultants or counselors in financial, social, educational, legal, and government agencies.

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Major Program Requirements

The Department of Personal Financial Planning offers a major in Personal Financial Planning with three emphasis areas: Personal Financial Planning, Financial Counseling, and Personal Financial Management Services. In each option, the student must complete requirements for each phase of the degree program listed below:

Major core requirements
FINPLN 2083Financial Planning Careers1
FINPLN 2183Personal and Family Finance3
FINPLN 3282Financial Counseling3
FINPLN 3283Financial Planning: Computer Applications3
FINPLN 4187Tax Planning3
FINPLN 4188Community Agencies and Volunteerism3
FINPLN 4380Assessing the American Dream3
FINPLN 4382Financial Planning: Risk Management3
FINPLN 4383Financial Planning: Investment Management3
FINPLN 4387Consumer and Household Economics3
Social and Behavioral Sciences requirements
MANGMT 3540Introduction to Business Law3
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics *3
or AG_EC 1041 Applied Microeconomics
ECONOM 1015Principles of Macroeconomics *3
or AG_EC 1042 Applied Macroeconomics
ECONOM 3229Money, Banking and Financial Markets3
Total Credits49

* A grade of C (2.0), or better, is required for both Introductory Economics courses, whether offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics or the Department of Economics.

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Semester Plan

A sample plan of study has not been designed for this major. Students should contact the academic department for assistance with academic planning. 

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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