2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Nov 27, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

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Consumer Affairs (B.S.) - Family Financial Management Specialization



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Program Coordinator/Contact

Wookjae Heo, Program Leader
Department of Consumer Sciences
Wagner Hall 425, Box 2275A
605-688-5196

Program Information

Students majoring in Consumer Affairs who pursue the Family Financial Management specialization are usually interested in financial markets, financial decision, economics, business concepts and working with individuals to develop personal financial management skills. Required courses for the Family Financial Management specialization focus on principles and practice of insurance planning, investment strategies, income tax planning, retirement preparation, and estate planning.

Completion of the Consumer Affairs major and Family Financial Management specialization prepares students to engage in a variety of careers such as: financial services, financial planning, credit/financial counseling, human resources, marketing and sales.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will apply the consumer decision-making process to improve consumer well-being.
  • Students will demonstrate effective resource management skills. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis; Foundational Lifelong Learning Skills)
  • Students will integrate knowledge of policy and community resources to solve consumer issues. (Cross-curricular Skill: Information Literacy; Problem Solving)
  • Students will increase knowledge, awareness, and understanding of individual and social differences in consumer behavior. (Cross-curricular Skill: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)

Academic Requirements

A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses with a CA prefix. An 8-week full time internship is a requirement that is usually completed during the summer between the Junior and Senior year.

Course Delivery Format

Students learn through lecture, discussion, and hands-on learning experiences. Case studies are utilized to assist students in applying family financial planning strategies to individualized financial situations.

Requirements for Consumer Affairs Major - Family Financial Management Specialization: 120 Credits


Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences 

College of Education and Human Sciences Requirements


Electives


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120


Summary of Program Requirements


Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
College of Education and Human Sciences Requirements 4 Credit Hours
Department of Consumer Sciences Requirements 13 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 46 Credit Hours
Electives** 27 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet


The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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