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Insurance. The reader may be well acquainted with this subject if he or she has experienced the pangs and the panic of redesigning the front bumper of dad's car. Insurance is one of those things we purchase and hope we never have to use. Most of us seldom pull the policy out of the file, but we're glad it's there … or somewhere. To the average consumer, purchasing insurance is gaining peace of mind and financial security against the possibility of a catastrophic event. A student who studies insurance at MTSU will interact with industry professionals, have the opportunity to join an award-winning honorary insurance fraternity, and earn scholarships and internships.


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Risk Management & Insurance Career Fair

A solid foundation for your career

The Risk Management & Insurance program hosts an annual career fair to connect students with employers. The program also partners with the designation-granting agencies so that students can earn two parts of the Chartered Property and Casualty (CPCU) and two parts of the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations when they perform well in designated courses. Classes incorporate real-world applications to make topics come alive, and the case studies used are valuable in helping to develop critical thinking skills. Many scholarship opportunities are available for students in the program. Typical scholarship awards are $1,500 for majors and $1,000 for minors per academic year.

Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak

Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Visits MTSU

Julie Mix McPeak, commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, was guest speaker for the induction ceremony for new members of Gamma Iota Sigma honorary insurance fraternity. She emphasized the need for qualified graduates in the risk management and insurance industry and also in government service. The purpose of Gamma Iota Sigma is to encourage, establish, and enhance the professionalism of risk management, insurance, and actuarial science students by preparing them to interact with leading industry professionals and providing learning opportunities and events to foster their careers. 


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Students in the Risk Management and Insurance program are strongly encouraged to work toward achieving professional designations. Four very prestigious insurance and risk management designations are the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Career opportunities include

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Agent
  • Broker
  • Claims adjuster
  • Compliance auditor
  • Data mining analyst
  • Loss control specialist
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Self-employed
  • Service representative
  • Underwriter

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • A.J. Gallagher
  • Acceptance
  • Allstate
  • American General
  • Auto Owners Insurance
  • Caterpillar Financial
  • Cigna
  • CNA
  • Direct General
  • Farm Bureau
  • Federated
  • Farmers
  • Geico
  • Hanover
  • HCA
  • Humana
  • John Hancock
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Nationwide/Allied
  • New York Life
  • NHC
  • Northwestern
  • Permanent General
  • Shelter
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Travelers
  • United Healthcare
  • Zurich

Students earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Risk Management & Insurance. Students may select to emphasize property and casualty, life and health, estate planning, financial planning, employee benefits or risk management. Other concentrations available in the Department of Economics and Finance under the Finance major are Business Finance, Financial Institution Management, and Real Estate

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

千蠃官网国际网址A minor in Insurance and a composite minor in Real Estate/Insurance are available. Other undergraduate minors include Economics, Economics and Finance, Industrial Relations, Finance, and Real Estate.

Other programs in the department

Undergraduate
The Department of Economics and Finance also offers two undergraduate degrees with a major in Economics: a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The B.B.A. is a business major, also available with a concentration Labor Relations. The B.S. is offered through the College of Liberal Arts.

Graduate
Graduate students have a number of options in the Department of Economics and Finance. They can earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance, choosing among concentrations in Corporate Finance, General, or Investments. Or they can earn Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Economics. A concentration in Financial Economics is available under the M.A.

Risk Management and Insurance, B.B.A.

 
Dave Wood, chairholder, Martin Chair of Insurance
Dave.Wood@mtsu.edu
615-898-2813

In addition to meeting the 千蠃官网国际网址 requirements, a major in Risk Management and Insurance consists of 24 semester hours of finance and requires a minimum of 2.00 GPA. At least 50 percent of the required major hours must be taken in residence at MTSU.

千蠃官网国际网址The program below includes a Business Administration minor. An alternate business minor may be chosen, but it may require total hours for graduation to exceed 120.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

 requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • MATH 1630, 1810, or 1910 (Math)
  • ECON 2410 (Soc/Beh Sci and core course)

College of Business Core (42 hours)

All students must complete the College of Business  千蠃官网国际网址which requires 42 hours with a 2.000 GPA. ECON 2410 is included in the core and will also satisfy 3 hours from the Social/Behavioral General Education requirement.

Major Requirements (24 hours)

  • FIN 3050 - Principles of Risk Management and Insurance

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business; junior or senior standing. An introductory study of the risk management process and the importance of insurance as a method of handling risk; insurance carriers; regulation of the insurance industry; home and auto insurance; life and health insurance; workers compensation and employee benefits.

  • FIN 3750 - Commercial Insurance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: FIN 3050. Examines the concepts and coverages of commercial property and liability insurance. Primary emphasis on loss exposures faced by typical organizations and the corresponding types of insurance for covering those loss exposures. Additional emphasis placed on commercial liability insurance.

  • FIN 3110 - Financial Modeling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3000 or FIN 3010 and admission into the College of Business. Modeling financial problems in a spreadsheet and using financial models to assist in decision making.

  • FIN 4730 - Insurance Company Operations

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: FIN 3050 and admission into the College of Business. Insurance marketing, underwriting, reinsurance, rate making, claims adjusting, loss control activities, and other functions and activities.

  • FIN 4750 - Enterprise Risk Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3750 and admission into the College of Business. A capstone course for Risk Management and Insurance majors. Students implement concepts learned in other courses to develop a broad framework for identifying, assessing, controlling, and financing the ever-increasing portfolio of risks threatening the organization's business model and strategic plan.

Choose 9 hours from the following:

  • FIN 3030 - Principles of Real Estate

    3 credit hours

    Real estate practices and procedures, basic principles of real property ownership utilization and transfer, mortgage financing, brokerage, management, valuation, subdividing, and legislation.

  • FIN 3090 - Financial Planning

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00); junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Financial and estate planning with a focus on issues and applications relevant to professional financial and estate planners. Topics include the role of the planner, the planning process, insurance planning, estate planning, retirement planning, tax planning, cash management, credit management, and comprehensive financial and estate plans.

  • FIN 3660 - Life Insurance and Health Insurance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Problems of purchaser and seller; critical investigation of life and health insurance with emphasis on social and economic aspects.

  • FIN 3810 - Investments  3 credit hours  

    FIN 3810 - Investments

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010 and FIN 3110; admission into the College of Business. Introductory survey course focusing on investment markets and instruments. Emphasis on security characteristics, analysis, and valuation.

  • FIN 3950 - Corporate Finance  3 credit hours  

    FIN 3950 - Corporate Finance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: FIN 3010 with a minimum grade of C (2.00), FIN 3110, and admission into the College of Business. Reviews and extends the basics of risk, valuation, and the creation of wealth. Explores capital budgeting, capital structure, and their interactions.

  • FIN 4390 - Employee Benefits  3 credit hours  

    FIN 4390 - Employee Benefits

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Includes descriptive review and taxation, legislative, and administrative dimensions of the major components of employee benefit plans such as retirement systems, deferred compensation plans, health insurance, death benefits, disability benefits, paid and unpaid time off. Technical analysis and problem solving emphasized to develop applied skills. Social insurance and international benefits integrated.

  • FIN 4790 - Independent Study in Insurance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission into the College of Business. Application of various insurance coverages to fulfillment of personal, business, and social needs. Special problems chosen or assigned in areas of the student's interest in joint consultation between student and instructor.

  • FIN 4850 - International Insurance Markets

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: FIN 3050; admission to the Jones College of Business. International business concepts with emphasis on the insurance industry. Transfer of risk to ultimate risk bearers abroad. Students required to hold (or acquire) a valid US passport and participate in a one- to two-week visit to a foreign country during the course. 

  • FIN 4880 - Internship in Risk Management or Insurance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior status; admission into College of Business; and recommendation of advisor. Supervised work experience in an approved insurance agency/brokerage, insurance company, or risk management department of a business entity or government agency. Pass/Fail.

  • BLAW 3460 - Insurance Law  3 credit hours  

    BLAW 3460 - Insurance Law

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisite: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Risks covered by the insurance contract, their selection and control; making, constructing, and enforcing the contract; negotiation and settlement of claims; misconduct of agents. Government regulation of the insurance industry. Emphasis on current principles, policies, procedures, and practices in insurance.

  • MKT 3840 - Professional Selling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MKT 3820; admission to the College of Business. Principles, problems, and role of personal selling in the business environment. Buying motives, persuasion techniques, and steps of selling process are considered as they relate to different types of sales activities and products.

Auxiliary Courses (12 hours)

  • MATH 1630 - College Mathematics for Managerial, Social, and Life Sciences  3 credit hours  

    Contact Information

    Dave Wood
    Dave.Wood@mtsu.edu
    615-898-2813

    Who is My Advisor?

    Jones College of Business Undergraduate Advising Center
    busadv@mtsu.edu
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    Mailing Address

    Department of Economics and Finance
    Middle Tennessee State University
    MTSU Box 27
    1301 East Main Street
    Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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