A new minor at Bridgewater College will train and educate students in certified financial planning, allowing them to complete the CFP examination and enter one of the fastest-growing business careers in the U.S. job market upon graduation.
Beginning in fall 2023, the Department of Economics and Business Administration in Bridgewater’s School of Professional Studies will offer the minor in certified financial planning (CFP). This program is available to all students who meet prerequisite requirements, regardless of major.
“This minor was created with students across the liberal arts and sciences in mind to help them build the necessary financial planning skills and, most importantly, apply them and meet the educational requirements to take and pass the Certified Financial Planning exam,” said Dr. Holly Caldwell-Taylor, Department Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Business Administration. “This minor provides an amazing opportunity for any student at Bridgewater, regardless of major, who has an interest in financial planning to learn the fundamentals.”
The CFP minor includes 21 credit hours of coursework in subject areas including tax planning, estate planning, insurance, risk management and more. The coursework, taught in a hyflex model over eight weeks of online courses, prepares students to take the national examination to become a Certified Financial Planner. Certified financial planning is listed in the top 10 best business careers by U.S. News & World Report, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has indicated personal financial advisor occupations are expected to grow faster than employment in other occupations at a rate of 15% through 2031.
Ensuring high-impact practices for all students is one of the key missions of the College’s long-range plan. By enhancing learning environments to improve educational engagement and outcomes, the College is able to enrich the BC experience through connected learning.
Current BC students may begin registering this spring for the required courses for the CFP minor, set to begin in fall 2023. For more information on the certified financial planning minor at BC, visit bridgewater.edu/CFPminor.