TU top finance courses
Whether you’re interested in finance or not, you’re going to need to know how to pay your bills and manage your loans. Towson University offers several courses that can be beneficial to your financial knowledge. Here are the The Towerlight’s top three recommended life-planning courses.
TSEM 102-033: Manage Your Money and Beyond
A freshmen seminar class taught by lecturer in the Department of Finance Ted Rugemer, “Manage Your Money and Beyond” teaches the basics of managing your money and financial planning. The course utilizes real-life scenarios to expose students to financial challenges they might encounter.
“When we had the financial crisis a couple years ago—at that time there was a lot of talk that people need to become more educated, more versed on their own financial stuff, not necessarily what’s going on on Wall Street,” Rugemer said.
In turn, the course was created as a freshmen seminar. By the end of the course, students will be able to work through financial challenges by finding the optimal solution, Rugemer said.
GENL 121: Personal Life and Career Planning
A course taught in partnership with the career center, GENL 121 teaches students how to understand their role in the workplace and explore the concepts of a successful career path. Course topics vary from networking, decision-making and general life planning. Overall, students will learn the appropriate steps on how to become successful in various workplaces. The back-to-basics course is worth two credits but does not fulfill core requirements. However, the first steps to becoming financially stable start with success in the workplace.
FIN 331: Principles of Financial Management
Principles of Finance Management is an introductory class that teaches the underlying theories of finance. From security management to capital budgeting to analyzing the financial condition, Rugemer said the concepts taught are important to not only business students but to everyone.
“We’re all going to be in charge of our own retirement funds. The old days of not worrying about it and then you retire and you wait for your pension plan, those days are ending,” Rugemer said. “If you’re going to be in charge of your own retirement plan, the more you know about it the better.”
- Compiled by Megan Flannery