Because actuaries often work at high levels within their companies or as consultants for others, there is significant value placed on an education that emphasizes breadth of knowledge as well as skills in writing and communication. The liberal arts programs at the University of St. Thomas provide an ideal environment for such development. Within that environment, the Department of Mathematics offers a B.S. degree in Actuarial Science, which includes courses in mathematics, actuarial science, computer science, business administration and economics, all of which will help prepare you for a career as an actuary and for related professional examinations. Students are also encouraged to take a broad range of electives. For example, courses in history, science, economics, communications and sociology provide important perspectives from which actuarial problems can be viewed.
Specific suggestions for schedules of courses and the timing of the first few actuarial exams are provided in Sample Schedule. There is a complete list of required courses and a list of valuable supporting courses that may be taken as electives.