Consumer Economics (also offered at Griffin) - B.S.F.C.S.

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Degree & Major: Consumer Economics (also offered at Griffin) - B.S.F.C.S.
College Name: College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Department Name: Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics
Diane Costyn
Academic Advisor
(706) 542-8854

Effie Antonoudi
Academic Advisor
(770) 229-3322
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: This program prepares students to analyze consumer choices and their influence on consumer activities, with emphasis on the analysis of consumer issues and related policy questions. Entry-level sales and management positions are open to Consumer Economics majors. The program also prepares students for graduate study or a professional degree in areas such as law or business.

The Applied Consumer Analytics emphasis provides students with the analytical skills needed to transform data into practical information for organizational decisions. Completion of the emphasis prepares students for careers in a rapidly growing field.

On the Griffin campus, students can choose an emphasis in Financial Planning. (Students on the Athens campus should investigate the Financial Planning major.) The Financial Planning emphasis is approved by the CFP Board of Standards to meet the Board’s education requirement to become a Certified Financial Planner. (The other requirements include passing the Board’s exams and completing at least three years of qualifying full-time work experience.)

Career Opportunities: Students are often employed as middle managers in business, public administration, consumer groups, family advocacy agencies, public utilities and extension services. Additional career opportunities involve responsibilities in consumer affairs, consumer education, marketing, financial counseling and media information. An emphasis in financial planning may lead to careers in consumer credit or with counseling agencies, financial service firms, or social service agencies.
Additional Fees: Additional fees are required for study tour courses.
Study Abroad: London Study Abroad Program; Study Tour in Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics; UGA at Oxford Study Abroad Program
Internships: Faculty work with students to arrange internships that meet students' needs. Students must take FHCE 5900 before applying for an internship and will learn more details about arranging an internship in that course.
Service Learning: Service learning opportunities are available in several upper-division FHCE courses. Faculty will also work with students to design individual projects.
Student Organizations: Housing Opportunities for Undergraduate Student Enhancement (H.O.U.S.E.), Dr. Kim Skobba,

Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Tanacia Blackwell,

Student Financial Planning Association, Dr. Ann Woodyard,

Available Graduate Programs: Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, University of Georgia

Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

Consumer Sciences, The Ohio State University

Consumer Sciences, University of Alabama

Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University

Human Development and Social Policy, University of Utah

Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri