DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER SCIENCES
Overview of the department
The mission of the Department of Consumer Sciences is to provide strong undergraduate and graduate programs in the industry. Further, the Department strives to contribute to the generation of new knowledge in the area of consumer sciences including interactive technology and to apply this knowledge to improving the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities in the State of Alabama and the region. It is noteworthy that this is the only degree program in consumer sciences in the State of Alabama.
The Consumer Sciences curriculum allows students to select a concentration in either family financial planning and counseling or consumer affairs. Both options provide tremendous job opportunities for consumer-oriented professionals.
A master of science degree is offered through the College of Human Environmental Sciences where students may specialize in the Consumer Sciences (CSM) program. Six options are available for graduate work in CSM: Consumer Economics (thesis option), General Human Environmental Sciences with specialization in Family Financial Planning and Counseling (non-thesis option), General Human Environmental Sciences with graduate certificate in Consumer Conflict Management, Negotiation, and Mediation, General Human Environmental Sciences with specialization in Consumer Quality Management, General Human Environmental Sciences with specialization in Interactive Technology, and General Human Environmental Sciences with specialization in Sports Business Management. More information can be found at Graduate Required Courses.
I found my home in the financial planning program. I feel confident about the future because my professors prepared me for my career.
-- future graduate, 2015
At the College of Human Environmental Sciences, our students are first and foremost. We are committed to the success of all of our students.
The College offers ten undergraduate majors that help students reach their professional goals. The CHES Office of Student Services, located in 101 Doster Hall, is committed to helping students have a successful and rewarding college experience. Please let us know how we can help.
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