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Financial Literacy for Helping Professionals

Undergraduate Minor

Individuals who struggle to meet their financial needs may have problems with their credit history or lack of experience with mainstream financial institutions and the language they speak. It is easy for someone who lives in or near poverty to fall prey to unscrupulous lenders, who take advantage of unstable situations. This program will prepare professionals to help clients avoid predatory lending practices, as well as access programs designed to supplement income for the impoverished. Education on available resources, in addition to engaging in dialogue and identifying accessibility with families, will be emphasized.

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The School of Social Work, in collaboration with the Department of Personal Financial Planning in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at MU, has developed a minor that will prepare students to work with vulnerable clients who are in need of financial counseling and education.

Course Dept/Number Course Title Semester Course Taught
FINPLN 2183 Personal and Family Finance Fall/Spring/Summer-On-line Format
FINPLN 3282 Financial Counseling Fall/Spring
FINPLN 4188 Community Agencies and Volunteerism, VITA Spring (students will need to attend workshop in order to certify for IRS compliance)
SOC_WK 2000 or 2000W Exploration in Social and Economic Justice Fall/Spring/Summer Online
SOC_WK 4390 Helping Strategies for Children and Families Fall

A student must be admitted to the University of Missouri with a declared academic major. The student must have an overall GPA requirement of a 2.5 to apply for and earn the minor. The student must have satisfactory completion (as defined by a grade in the C range or above) of:

  • Microeconomics and
  • College Algebra is required.
  • Satisfactory completion (as defined by a grade in the C range or above) of each required list of courses within the minor in order to attain the “Financial Literacy for Helping Professionals” minor.
  • Completion of 15 credit hours as specified in the Minor table above.


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