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.
Family Financial Planning and Counseling Concentration
The concentration in family financial planning and counseling has been accepted by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Students who successfully complete the concentration will be eligible to sit for the CFP® certification examination that leads to the professional certification as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and CFP®. CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ are certification marks owned by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board). These marks are awarded to individuals who successfully complete the CFP Board′s initial and ongoing certification requirements. The University of Alabama does not certify individuals to use the CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ marks. CFP® certification is granted solely by the CFP Board to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.
Consumer Affairs Concentration
The concentration in consumer affairs prepares students for careers as consumer specialists in government, business, industry, communication, and research. Students develop the ability to analyze situations from the perspectives of consumers, businesses and government, and to communicate these issues. Graduates enter careers related to consumer affairs, consumer education, marketing, and sales. Many Fortune 500 companies have a consumer affairs department. In addition, many newspapers, magazines, and television stations are focusing on consumer education or areas related to mediation of consumer grievances.