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BA 120 Consumer Finance 4cr

A basic economic "survival" course particularly intended for non-business majors. Through a non-theoretical approach, such topics as personal income, budgeting, borrowing, insurance, real estate purchase, wills and estates, and investments are considered. The purpose of the course is to help students equip themselves to survive in the complex economic environment of contemporary American society; to become rational, critical consumers; and to acquaint themselves with sources of information and techniques that can aid in maximizing satisfaction within typical constraints of income and time. Textbooks are supplemented with outside readings, including current periodicals, and field trips are typically taken to various businesses, such as a used car dealer or funeral home. There is extensive in-class discussion and problem-solving, and there is an in-class investment game each term.