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 for the Consumer
- Housing-related Legislation
- Housing in an Urban Setting
- International Housing Issues
Minor in Consumer Affairs
Eighteen units as approved by a Consumer Affairs Faculty advisor. Nine units of required courses include: CAFF 223, 226, 322, and 9 upper division units selected from CAFF 420, 422, 425, 426, and 429 are required for the minor.
The Minor in Consumer Affairs is available to any non-Consumer Affairs major.
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- Public Utilities
- Credit Counseling
- Financial Services
- Food and Beverage
- Housing Industry
Students and faculty have an opportunity to participate and network in professional organizations, such as:
- American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
- American Association of Housing Educators
- American Council on Consumer Interests
- Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education
- College of Financial Planning
- International Association for Financial Planning
- Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals
The faculty in the Consumer Affairs area have secured a variety of both paid and unpaid internships.
Students have interned at some of the following organizations:
- Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs
- Los Angeles Attorney General's Office
- KNBC - Fight Back!
- The Los Angeles Times
- Consumer Credit Counseling Services