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The combined Insurance and Finance major offers the opportunity to acquire a general knowledge of each discipline, as well as specialized theory and practice in these interrelated fields. The curriculum seeks to expand capacities, perspectives and skills of students who are preparing for careers in insurance and finance, including the area of risk management. This major represents a segment of the individual undergraduate insurance and finance program, forming a cohesive interdisciplinary program of study. While forsaking some specialization in one field, the student gains significant exposure to two specialized fields of business administration.

Professional Designations
The Barney School encourages insurance/finance majors to pursue designations in the insurance and risk management field.  Fill out this form to apply for reimbursement.  Most relevant to Barney course offerings are Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU), and Chartered Life Underwriters (CLU). Both ARM and CPCU are conferred by The Institutes (, while the CLU is conferred by The American College of Financial Services (

Barney is Ranked No. 2 in Insurance Company Hiring of Recent Grads
The Barney School is second among all U.S. colleges and universities in insurer hiring of 2012–13 graduates of undergraduate risk management and insurance programs. The ranking was reported by Business Insurance magazine in the “Top U.S. College Risk Management and Insurance Undergraduate Programs” section of its December print edition.  Read more.

Barney's Annual Symposium on "The Intersection of Risk and Finance"
The 5th Annual Barney Intersection of Risk and Finance Symposium will take place on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 This year’s speakers are Joseph F. CoughlinBrandt McKee and Michael Rice.
The symposium offers an informative and dynamic look at the interrelationship between the fields of insurance and finance; the current trends, issues, and business solutions in those areas; and the engaging career possibilities that await today’s college graduates.
Click for more information about our speakers.

Barney is Ranked Among the Top 18 Schools in the U.S.

Risk Management Magazine Cover The Barney School's insurance program has been reviewed by Risk Management Magazine and ranked among the top 18 schools in the country.

The magazine looked at the number of graduates and other criteria to come up with the list. The article mentions Barney having been awarded the Spencer Education Foundation's "Risk Manager in Residence" grant for over a decade.

Gamma Iota Sigma
Gamma Iota Sigma is a national fraternity that promotes the professional development and preparation of its members for high quality employment opportunities in risk management, insurance, and actuarial science. The organization also promotes social interaction among members and provides opportunities to build professional contacts.

Total Credits Required for Bachelor of Science in Business Administration:123

Requirements for the Major
Required Credits: 21
(To fulfill professional major requirements in the standard
degree program for business administration)

Click on any course number to see all Barney course descriptions.

Junior and Senior Years

Course # Course Title
FIN 430  Investment Analysis [3]
FIN 432 Investment Management [3]
FIN 450
International Finance [3]
INS 480 Internship[3]

 And three of the following five courses 

Course # Course Title
INS 320
Social Insurance [3]
INS 322 Fundamentals of Life Insurance [3]
INS 324 Property and Casualty Insurance [3]
INS 430 Fundamentals of Employee Benefits  [3]
INS 434 Corporate Risk Management [3]

Additional Information:

It is recommended that insurance/finance majors take INS 210 - Principles of Insurance  [3] as their business elective.