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College of Human Ecology

Salina campus adds personal financial planning option

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Starting this fall, K-Sate Salina will add the personal financial planning option to its bachelor's in family studies and human services.

Students in the program earn a bachelor's degree in family studies and human services with a personal financial planning emphasis. Because the program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, graduates can take the certification examination and work as certified financial planners.

The interdisciplinary program combines courses in human ecology, business and economics, including personal finance, family relationships, consumer rights, insurance, investments, taxation, retirement and estate planning, economics, and accounting. The program focuses on understanding financial products and how they work, as well as the role of family in financial decisions.

"The personal financial planning major will create career opportunities for students in the growing area of personal and financial planning at a time when improved financial management is critical to the future of our economy," said Maurice MacDonald, director of K-State's School of Family Studies and Human Services.

Graduates work in the insurance, banking, credit union, retirement, estate planning, personnel benefits and investments industries; as consumer affairs professionals in business; and with local, state and federal consumer protection agencies. To find out more, visit the K-State Salina Family Studies & Human Services website.

The Salina campus also will offer a bachelor's degree in social work.

Social work offers the chance to work with and for people in all kinds of settings, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, gender or age. Social workers practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals and public agencies. They often oversee child welfare, elder care and special needs populations. Other opportunities include in criminal justice and with organizations that help employees solve personal problems and employers resolve personnel issues.

The social work program is accredited through the Council on Social Work Education. Graduates are eligible for licensure by the state of Kansas at the bachelor's level and for advanced placement in master's degree programs in social work. More information is available on the K-State Salina Social Work website.

"The courses and requirements for these degrees at K-State Salina are the same as for those programs on the Manhattan campus," said April Mason, K-State provost and senior vice president.

Prepared by K-State communications and marketing and Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Institute of Personal Financial Planning.