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Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

College: Business

The insurance major prepares students for professional careers in the global financial services industry by fostering the development of analytical and problem-solving skills in life and health risk management, employee benefit programs, social insurance, and personal and commercial property and liability risk management.

First-year business students initially enter the college as pre-major program students in the Fisher College of Business. After successful completion of required business course work, eligible students will apply to the major program and specialization through a competitive application process.  
A limited number of freshmen, specifically those who have been admitted to University Honors, Business Scholars or Fisher’s Global Business Learning Community, will be offered direct admission to the major program and become part of the FisherDirect community.
Additional admission details may be found at Those students admitted to the university who are not eligible for the college of business may enroll in Management and Industry Exploration

Principles courses

Accounting Principles
Economics Principles

Core courses

Business Skills and Environment
Business Law
International Business
Management Sciences
Management and Human Resources
Strategic Management

Required major courses

Employee Benefit Plans
Insurance and Risk
Insurance courses
Life and Health Insurance
Property and Liability Insurance

The Fisher College of Business International Programs Office offers several study abroad opportunities for business students. 

Though internships are not required for business students, 85 percent of students registered with the Office of Career Management have some kind of internship experience before they graduate. Many students receive an offer of full-time employment from their internship employer.

The Fisher Honors Program includes the Accounting Honors Program, the Business Administration Honors Cohort Program and the Business Administration Honors Contract Program. The Accounting Honors Program consists of a specific sequence of accounting courses that students complete beginning in their sophomore year and continuing into the senior year. The Business Administration Honors Cohort Program consists of a set of sequenced business Honors courses that students follow beginning in the junior year. The Honors Contract Program consists of an academic plan designed by the student and detailed in an honors contract. 

The Business Scholars Program is a community of talented students that participate in programs and activities designed to offer insight into business practice and environment. Business Scholars learn to understand the vital role of collaboration through teambuilding, leadership training and workshops. Additionally, Business Scholars can develop partnerships with Fisher College of Business faculty and alumni.

Insurance is recognized as an important field by many corporations, hospitals and government units. Many of these organizations employ graduates in positions requiring an understanding of issues related to insurance and risk management (e.g. employee benefit management). In addition, the insurance industry is a large employer of individuals with university-level education, and knowledge of principles of risk management and insurance provides important background for understanding the insurance operations and the functions of insurance in society.

A bachelor’s degree is required for entry into many careers within the insurance industry. Specific career opportunities within the insurance industry include underwriters, claims administrators, information systems experts, investment managers and sales agents. Outside the insurance industry, knowledge from the fields of risk management and insurance is needed by employee benefit managers, financial planners and risk managers. Increasingly, continued education after leaving the university environment is essential for promotion in these careers.

Professional designations such as ARM, CLU, CPCU, ChFc, LOMA and CFP often appear after the names of risk managers, employee benefit managers and executives in the insurance industry.

At graduation, Fisher College of Business graduates: 

  • Will posses strong analytical and problem-solving skills to identify and critically assess problems facing contemporary businesses
  • Will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of human resources
  • Will possess a global perspective and can critically eval­uate the international context a contemporary business operates in
  • Can identify and assess ethical issues surrounding business decisions
  • Are able to work effectively in a team-based environment
  • Can demonstrate professional deportment and effective oral and written communication skills

Undergraduate Programs in Business Administration
Max M. Fisher College of Business
Schoenbaum Hall
210 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Courses in insurance also provide a solid foundation for continued study towards professional designations such as ARM, CPCU, LOMA and CFP. These designations often appear after the names of risk managers, employee benefits managers and executives in the insurance industry.

Interested in a business career?

Check out the Business Pathway to discover the many majors Ohio State offers that can lead to a career in business.