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Risk, Insurance and Financial Services

Your Future In Risk, Insurance and Financial Services

Are you interested in a career that offers excellent prospects for creative work, professional recognition and financial reward? Are you fascinated by economic news and the stock markets? Are you good at breaking down complex material into simple terms? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Risk, Insurance and Financial Services at the University of North Texas.

With a B.B.A. degree, you may find employment as a(n):

  • Broker or agent providing risk management counseling and market placement services
  • Employee benefits consultant advising Fortune 500 corporations on risk management strategies
  • Personal financial planner helping individuals, families and small businesses achieve their financial goals
  • Risk analyst consulting for a business, nonprofit or government agency
  • Risk manager providing enterprise risk management solutions for businesses
  • Underwriter or risk control professional for an insurance carrier

What we offer

Our rigorous curriculum gives you an in-depth understanding of areas related to risk management, insurance and financial services. Armed with this knowledge, you'll have a competitive advantage over other new hires and be on the fast track into an upper-level position.

Faculty members in the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law are experienced professionals and dedicated teachers who exercise a “learn today, apply tomorrow” classroom philosophy. An on-site Trading Room facilitates financial education and research through experiential learning. Users have access to the Bloomberg Professional software and stock tickers to view real market data.

Scholarships sponsored by the department are available to help you pursue your education. Our students have also earned scholarships from local chapters of the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters, the Risk and Insurance Management Society, and the Insurance Council of Texas.

Our program is home to the Beta Zeta Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, a student-led professional fraternity that works closely with industry leaders in the region and state to offer you real-world opportunities. You can also interact with industry professionals at the organization's numerous functions and networking events.

Additional resources open to business students include the Professional Leadership Program, Living-Learning Communities for students who live on campus, and the college's Transfer Student Learning Community.

The College of Business, one of the nation's 20 largest business schools, is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750; Tampa, Fla. 33602; telephone 813- 769-6500). This means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.

The Business Leadership Building reflects our commitment to preparing future business leaders and promotes interaction among students, faculty and industry leaders. The facility — which has Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for sustainability — contains 24 classrooms, team study rooms and a state-of-the-art computer lab. This building distinguishes us as a leader in business education.

What to expect

Your class schedule for the first few semesters will consist of university core classes and required pre-business classes. From there, you'll take 24 semester hours of business foundation courses and 30 semester hours of risk, insurance and financial services courses and supporting courses.

The course work will focus on areas such as:

  • Estate planning
  • Life insurance
  • Principles of risk management
  • Property and liability insurance
  • The financial effects of risk on businesses and
    nonprofit organizations

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at Unt

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.