John Symms

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Broadly speaking, actuaries are professionals who analyze financial risks of future events. Trained in mathematics, statistics, economics and finance, actuaries quantify these risks by building and evaluating mathematical models. Such analyses are essential for the success of businesses in areas such as insurance, investment, and employee benefits. The Carroll University Actuarial Sciences Major gives students a broad and in-depth background in these core disciplines in preparation for entry into the actuarial sciences profession.

Carroll  University has internship programs with Northwestern Mutual and the Assurant insurance companies. Each year, representatives from Northwestern Mutual and Assurant select interns from among Carroll University Actuarial Science majors for full-time (or part-time) paid internships. Selected student interns receive an authentic experience in the actuary profession while earning Carroll University credit. The full-time internships also include 100 hours of paid study time for the intern’s next actuarial sciences exam.

Learning Outcomes for Actuarial Science


Students majoring in actuarial science are expected to:

1. Develop an understanding of the actuarial profession, what actuaries do, and how they do it.
2. Develop a knowledge base and proficiency in the core subjects needed for entry into the profession.
3. Develop an appreciation for the linkages between these core subjects.
4. Develop the critical and analytical thinking  skills necessary for success in the profession.
5. Develop the communication  skills that are essential in the business environment.
6. Develop the learning skills necessary for continued  success in the profession.

 
 
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