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Risk Management and Insurance

The University of Hartford has a documented legacy of business education in the areas of risk management and insurance. This is a discipline concerning the identification, evaluation, mitigation, and financing of risks faced by businesses and individuals alike. Housed in the Barney School of Business, our Risk Management and Insurance major offers courses such as:

  • Principles of Insurance
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Life Insurance
  • Property and Liability Insurance
  • Social Insurance
  • Employee Benefits
  • InsurTech Venturing

Our robust curriculum gives you industry-focused knowledge, skills, and professional development, preparing you to be leaders and decision makers who are career ready. Career paths include:

  • Actuarial science
  • Claims oversight
  • Corporate risk management
  • Data analytics
  • Finance
  • Sales/distribution
  • Strategic product marketing
  • Underwriting/book of business assessment

STEM Designated Program

Our BSBA degree in Risk Management and Insurance is STEM Designated (52.1701 Insurance). STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs provide interdisciplinary technical and mathematical skills, as well as the business acumen needed to help solve complex business issues and help navigate the future of business.

By enrolling in and finishing a STEM designated degree program, international students may be able to stay in the United States for an extended period of time to meet the demand for workers with these skills.

STEM Designated Degree Programs are designated by the Department of Homeland Security. F-1 students can apply for a 24-month OPT Extension if they:

  • Receive a STEM degree
  • Are employed by employers enrolled in the E-Verify system
  • Have received an initial approval of Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization related to such a degree

Students must apply for the 24-month OPT extension prior to the expiration of their Post-Completion OPT. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accept 24-month OPT Extension applications as early as 120 days before the expiration of a Post-Completion OPT.

R.C. Knox Center & Risk and Disruptive Technology Institute

Our risk management and insurance program is further enhanced by the R. C. Knox Center and Risk and Disruptive Technology Institute, both of which are committed to sponsoring cross-functional, student-led projects, industry outreach, practical application, and faculty research.

Gamma Iota Sigma

Barney proudly hosts the ALPHA OMICRON Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, an international fraternity aimed at promoting student interest in insurance, risk management and actuarial science as professions. We host various speaker events and activities to facilitate student networking with industry professionals, which lead to career-based internships and full-time positions.

Professional Designations

The Barney School encourages majors to pursue designations in the insurance and risk management field.  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 (http://www.theinstitutes.org/), while the CLU is conferred by The American College of Financial Services (http://www.theamericancollege.edu/).


Total Credits Required for Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: 122

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.

Students are required to take INS 480, Internship in Insurance, plus four (4) courses in insurance at the 300 level or above. The current list of the existing courses in insurance that students may take as the four (4) required courses in insurance is as follows.


Required Classes

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]

Students will have a choice of two (2) additional courses from insurance (such as INS 490 InsurTech Venturing), finance, or analytics.

Thereby, students majoring in risk management and insurance will be taking six (6) courses, as set forth above, in addition to, or plus, the internship in insurance.

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