Bachelor - Consumer & Family Financial Services

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The Bachelor of Arts in Consumer and Family Financial Services program at Ashford University offers comprehensive training in business planning and financial management with a focus on the individual and family consumers. You can learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Consumer and Family Financial Services program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Forbes School of Business & Technology™ at Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Consumer and Family Financial Services online program is designed to prepare you to effectively use the personal financial management tools available for individuals and families. The program will introduce you to business law, federal income tax laws, marketing principles, accounting principles, corporate finance, securities, investment principles, and macroeconomics. You will have the opportunity to learn about risk management and insurance, family financial planning, legal and regulatory issues faced by the financial planning professional, client-planner relationships, and financial markets and institutions. For the final capstone project, you will have the opportunity to complete a mock financial plan using traditional finance, investment, insurance, tax, and retirement planning tools. Forbes School of Business and Technology students also have access to invitation-only speaker series and webinars featuring Forbes business experts.

What are the Prerequisites?

Applicants interested in applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Consumer and Family Financial Services should have a desire to work in the financial services industry serving families and individuals. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Arts in Consumer and Family Financial Services online program consists of 120 credits. Completion of the program requires 46 general education credits, 45 major credits, and 32 elective credits.

Consumer and Family Financial Services Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202 Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
BUS 215 Personal Financial Management
BUS 311 Business Law I
ECO 203 Principles of Macroeconomics
ACC 205 Principles of Accounting I
SRV 301 Introduction to Service Management
PHI 445 Personal & Organizational Ethics
BUS 308 Statistics for Managers
ECO 316 Financial Institutions & Markets
BUS 330 Principles of Marketing
BUS 323 Risk Management & Insurance
BUS 342 Financial Planning & Practice
BUS 401 Principles of Finance
BUS 405 Principles of Investments
ACC 401 Federal Income Taxes I
BUS 458 Consumer & Family Finance Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Consumer and Family Financial Services program at Ashford University can help you prepare for work in financial consulting firms, insurance companies, investment companies, or in your own financial services practice. Some positions may require professional licensing. Below are some of the positions you could pursue as a graduate of the program:

  • Family financial advisor
  • Personal financial planner
  • Credit counselor
  • Retirement consultant

Advanced Degrees

After completing the Bachelor of Arts in Consumer and Family Financial Services program, you may wish to continue your education with graduate studies. Earning a financial services-related master's degree can help you prepare for more advanced and challenging career opportunities. Examples of master's programs you may be interested in include:

  • Master of Science in Financial Services
  • Master of Science in Banking and Financial Services Management
  • Master of Business Administration in Financial Services