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The insurance claims investigation minor offers the opportunity to earn a specialized minor in the field of insurance claims investigation. Olivet College is an innovator in the field of claims investigation education: This minor is not offered at any other institution in Michigan or any surrounding states.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Core Courses
CJ 280 Criminal Law & Jurisprudence

This course examines the history of criminal law and the elements of crime in our society and in Michigan.

Fall Semester. 3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: C or higher in CJ 110 or 111.

CJ 360 Criminal Investigations

This course offers students in the law enforcement track practical experience in writing tickets, police reports and warrants.

Fall and Spring Semesters. 3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: C or higher in CJ 280 and 290.

CJ 430 Crime Scene Investigations

Crime Scene Investigation provides students with foundations in fingerprinting analysis, the use of forensic science, and accident reconstruction.

Fall Semester. 3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: C or higher in CJ 280 and 290

IDS 390 Internship (Cooperative Education)

An optional academic experience integrating classroom theory with practical work experience. Participating students are employed off-campus with businesses/organizations related to their career choice, or in an on-campus experience while completing their undergraduate course work. Students must register and pay for internship credits in the same semester as they are working. Credits cannot be deferred to a later semester.

  • Fall and Spring Semesters, Intensive Learning Term and Summer.
  • 1–15 semester hours.
  • Prerequisites: completed 30 semester hours with a 2.25 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • Students must arrange this experience with the appropriate department chairperson before registering for this course.
  • A Cooperative Education Work Experience Application must be completed prior to beginning work.
IRM 221 Principles of Insurance and Risk Management

An introduction to the concept of risk, the process of risk management, and the field of insurance, including fundamental doctrines, historical background, social value, economic influence, loss exposures and protection, insurance regulation, insurance carriers, reinsurance, marketing, underwriting and claims adjusting. This course includes examination of the Michigan Essential Insurance Act and how this law addresses the social responsibility of the insurance business and its attempt to address social injustice. This course will also help students prepare for the INS 21 national examination administered by the Insurance Institute of America.

Fall and Spring Semesters. 3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: BUS 212 recommended.

IRM 322 Personal Insurance

Designed to cover policy provisions and concepts common to various personal multiple-line property, casualty, life and health contracts. This course will also help students prepare for the INS 22 national examination administered by the Insurance Institute of America.

Fall Semester. 3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: IRM 221, cumulative GPA 3.0; BUS 212 recommended.

IRM 323 Commercial Insurance

Designed to cover policy provisions, and concepts common to various commercial multiple-line property and casualty contracts. This course will also help students prepare for the INS 23 national examination administered by the Insurance Institute of America.

Spring Semester. 3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: IRM 221, cumulative GPA 3.0; BUS 212 recommended.

IRM 330 ETHICS AND PRESENTATIONS

This course explores the ethical philosophies found in the world of business, including an examination of corporate social responsibility. Interactive group learning with a major emphasis on oral presentation is designed to enhance skills in critical thinking and professional business communication. Concrete dilemmas invite participants to reflect on their own moral values and analyze them in a safe environment. The course culminates in presentations to groups outside of the Olivet College community.

Spring Semester. 3 semester hours.
Satisfies Service Learning requirement.
Prerequisites: IRM 221, cumulative GPA 3.0, junior standing or instructor approval.
JMC 203 recommended.

IRM 340 Insurance Claims Principles and Practices

The course will introduce the student to the operations of professional claims handling. Two fundamental principles will be emphasized in all aspects of the class. They are customer service and utmost good faith. The course gives students the opportunity to build a strong foundation for effective investigative and litigation techniques. The student will also learn how to avoid costly lawsuits by practicing good-faith claims handling and effective communication and negotiation skills. A general claims overview will be followed with specific topic areas of Property and Liability claims handling.

Fall Semester. 3 semester hours.
Prerequisites: IRM 221 and cumulative GPA 3.0.

Complete one of the following
CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice offers the first-year student a foundation to concepts of prevention, social justice, and the origins of crime (U.S. and globally).

Spring and Fall Semesters. 3 semester hours.

CJ 111 Corrections, Punishment & Crime

A historical overview of American correctional systems with an emphasis on punishment ideologies and their impact on probation, parole, imprisonment, and sentencing objectives.

Fall and Spring Semesters. 3 semester hours.

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