ALA 115 - The Financially Savvy Student
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Applied Liberal Arts (ALA)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
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Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
Students cannot enroll if they have alreaday completed UC 170, Topic Title "The Financially Savvy Student".
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
For information on drop/add deadlines, see the Office of the Registrar and search Registration Deadlines.


This one-credit course is designed to provide students with knowledge and practice in personal finance and financial literacy. Students in the class will develop skills in managing money, making choices, and planning for the future, including: safe and smart use of credit and debit cards; developing personal monthly budgets and financial self-assessments; leveraging financial aid and scholarships; and funding study abroad, spring break, research, and internships. Student learning in the class is grounded in: economic history, for understanding how family and personal wealth is accumulated across generations; educational policy studies, for the evolution of federal and state aid for higher education, scholarships, and loans; and behavioral psychology and behavioral economics, for insights into how individuals make choices about money and their futures.

Course Requirements:

Class requirements include participating in related enrichment activities outside of class time. Evaluations are based on journals, other written assignments, and class discussions.


ALA 115 - The Financially Savvy Student
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (LEC)
 In Person
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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