Consumer Affairs

Consumer Affairs is an option within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Our program is one of the leading undergraduate programs in the field. It offers an interdisciplinary study of the financial, legislative, psychological, sociological, and cultural factors involved in consumerism.

Areas covered in Consumer Affairs are Consumer Advocacy and Protection, Financial Management, and Housing. In addition, the course work in Consumer Affairs is complemented by minors in several areas including Business Management, Economics, and Marketing.

Through this diverse yet integrated course of study, students will gain specific skills and knowledge, learn by doing in applied field experiences, and have opportunities for independent study in areas of individual interest. Course of study includes:

Consumer Advocacy and Protection 

  • Consumer Protection Laws and Agencies
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Federal and State Government
  • Legislation Related to Credit, Investments, and Product Safety

Personal Financial Planning and Counseling

  • Cash Flow Management, Goal Setting
  • Investments and Retirement Planning
  • Taxes and Insurance
  • Debt Management and Legal Recourse

Housing Services

  • Housing for the Consumer
  • Housing-related Legislation
  • Housing in an Urban Setting
  • International Housing Issues