Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

New Minor Available: Financial Services

  Posted on: July 18, 2014

ATTENTION 3rd and 4th Year BBA Students:




This new minor is of interest to students from any business discipline who want to secure an entry-level position in the financial industry (banks and credit unions primarily) with a focus on financial services sales. Students develop a basic understanding of the industry including financial products, financial planning, customer service, sales, and sales management.
The program was developed in consultation with representatives from the financial community to address a serious shortage of skilled service representatives who advise clients. The effective use of credit; bank accounts and credit cards; personal and mortgage lending; retirement and educational savings; taxes; and wills, trusts, and estates are some of the areas where financial service representatives can be of great value.


The course requirements of the Financial Services Minor include:


FNCE 3190Personal Financial Services
MKTG 3450Professional Selling
FNCE 4140

FNCE 4150

Personal Financial Management   or

Personal Wealth Management

MKTG 4400

MKTG 4410

Professional Sales Management   or

Services Marketing


Again, the Financial Services Minor is for students from any major program who have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy meeting and helping people.  For Finance Majors, this minor helps them “get their foot in the door” at one of the chartered banks.  From a service representative position, they can move into more senior positions in corporate finance or investments.  Given the importance of selling skills, industry representatives indicate that Marketing Majors are also well-suited to careers in this field.


Finance Majors who complete FNCE 4140 as part of their major can apply it to the Financial Services Minor.  Marketing Majors can use one of MKTG 3450, MKTG 4400, or MKTG 4410 in the minor as well.


It is always a challenge for students to get that first job after graduation. The Financial Services Minor greatly improves students’ job prospects and provides a personally and financially rewarding career opportunity. Even if they decide to change employment paths in the future, the interpersonal and sales skills developed will be invaluable.



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Alternatively, you can contact:  School of Business and Economics Academic Advising


Barb Pillar – Academic Advisor
School of Business and Economics
Contact Us Online
Phone: 250-852-7296
Office: Trades & Technology — TT155


Heather Wisla – Academic Advisor
School of Business and Economics
Contact Us Online
Phone: 250-371-5684
Office: Trades & Technology — TT155