College of Arts and Sciences and Opus College of Business, Interdisciplinary Program

The Risk Management and Insurance Certificate provides students with foundational knowledge in the broad industry of risk management and insurance (RM&I). This industry covers a wide range of areas, including life insurance, health insurance, property and casualty insurance, worker’s compensation, risk mitigation and prevention, enterprise risk management and more. At its core, the industry is focused on ensuring the common good through the mitigation of risk and the collective pooling of risk (i.e., insurance) in order to protect participants against unfortunate and unforeseen events. 

The certificate program introduces students to a variety of areas in this field with a 4-credit introductory course followed by four additional required courses out of five available 2-credit offerings in Property and Casualty  (P&C) Insurance (including workers’ compensation), Employee Benefits, Life Insurance, Financial Advising, and an advanced topics course in Risk Management.

Certificate in Risk Management and Insurance

Required Courses:

  • ACSC 220, Risk Management and Insurance (4 credits) 
  • FINC 301, Life Insurance (2credits) 
  • FINC 302, Property and Casualty Insurance (2 credits) 
  • FINC 303, Employee Benefits (2 credits) 

Select one of the following two courses: 

  • FINC 401, Financial Advising (2 credits) 
  • FINC 402, Advanced Topics in Risk Management and Insurance (2 credits) 


For additional information and questions, please contact Mike Axtell at axte2004@stthomas.edu