BGSU Insurance Program: Preparing Students for Careers in Insurance

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Considering studying business or finance, but unsure of what specialization to choose?

Looking to jumpstart your insurance career, but not sure how to prepare yourself?

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) offers a robust insurance curriculum through their College of Business. And with an estimated 29,000 insurance jobs needing to be filled in Ohio by 2024, a career in insurance is a great one to consider.


Roc Starks and CEO Panel

Roc Starks moderates the BGSU Insurance Symposium CEO Panel,

where students heard from Ohio insurance leaders in September 2018.


About the Insurance Program 

BGSU offers an Insurance Specialization as well as a Minor in Insurance. The Insurance Specialization is crafted to prepare students to be an insurance specialist, with the academic and professional levels of education needed to advise on insurance and manage insurance company and agent operations. The Minor in Insurance is crafted for both business and non-business students and prepares them with the academic and professional levels of education needed to advise on insurance, without having to take all of the core business school requisites.

After completing the program, students gain exposure to more than 30 different career paths including Accountant, Benefits Specialist, Claims Adjuster, Claims Representative, Fraud Examiner, Insurance Agent, Loss Prevention Manager, Pricing Analyst, Risk Manager, and Underwriter. Explore BGSU’s list of insurance career opportunities here.

Student Success

BGSU insurance class instructor, Roc Starks, said the program prepares students to land a career post-graduation and that students are having remarkable success finding careers in insurance.

“Since the program launched in 2015, 100 percent of the program’s students have received job offers within three months of when they graduated,” said Starks.

Starks teaches BGSU’s insurance classes including Introduction to Insurance and Insurance Careers, Life and Health, Property and Liability, Insurance Company and Agency Operations, and Insurance Law. He has 28 years of insurance experience, making him a great resource for students. Starks started out as an agent with Prudential Insurance. Later, he worked as the corporate Director of Insurance and Senior Vice President for Citizens Financial Group. 

BGSU requires a minimum of one internship to complete the Insurance Specialization program to give students real-life experience in the industry. They also provide many networking opportunities to their students with insurance companies, the Insurance Industry Charitable Fund in Cleveland, and the Toledo Chapter of the Risk & Insurance Management Society. These networking opportunities allow students to connect with all types of insurance professionals and make meaningful and diverse connections within the industry.

Graduates of the program are pursuing careers as personal lines underwriters, excess and surplus underwriters, property claim adjusters, actuaries, retail agents, employee benefits administration, investment advisors, and more.

When asked what he thinks is important for students who are considering furthering their education in insurance to know, Starks said, “I think it’s important to know that there are so many unique career paths to choose from. The industry is stable, profitable, and provides fantastic opportunities.”

Considering joining the program at BGSU and becoming the next of those who graduate and could land a job soon after graduation? Explore the BGSU Insurance Programs to learn more!


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