Consumer sciences students are typically interested in math, economics, social sciences, public policy, computer technology and effective communication.

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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.

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.

Consumer Science Major Courses

Required for all CSM Majors

CSM 201Indiv Family Resourc Mgt3
CSM 204Intro Personl Finan Plan3
CSM 303 or Introduction to Consumer Economics3
CSM 403 Consumer Economics
CSM 401Consumer Protection3
CSM 405Public Policy3
ST 260 or Statistical Data Analysis3
BER 345 Educational Statistics
CSM 381 or Consumer Marketing Management3
MKT 300 Marketing
Total Hours21

Family Financial Planning and Counseling Concentration

Family Financial Planning and Counseling Concentration

AC 210Intro To Accounting4
CSM 300Time Value of Money & Financial Calculations1
CSM 400Personal Insurance Plan & Mgt3
CSM 404Personal Investment Plan & Mgt3
CSM 410Pers Retire Plan Employ Benefs3
CSM 420Personal Estate Planning3
CSM 454Personal Income Tax Mgt Planng3
CSM 458Spreadsheets in Fin. Decisions3
CSM 459Tech of Counsl in Cons Science3
CSM 460Financial Planning Case Study Capstone Course3
HD 462 or Interpersonal Relationships or or 3
HD 262 Marriage And Family
TH 113 Voice And Diction
COM 123 Public Speaking
Total Hours32

Recommended Courses

CSM 390Field Experience1-6
HES 430Managing in a High Performance Organization3
CSM 451Consumer Demographics3

Consumer Affairs Concentration

Consumer Affairs Concentration

CSM 445Applied Digital Tools3
CSM 403Consumer Economics3
CSM 441Consumer Communications3
CSM 415Customer Service Management3
CSM 425Conflict Resolution for the Workplace3
CSM 451Consumer Demographics3
HES 430Managing in a High Performance Organization3
Select two of the following:
Maximizing Use of Social Media Marketing
Emotional Intelligence: The Personal Qualities for the Negotiator
Processes of Negotiation
Family & Consumer Law
Developing The Leader Within
Tech of Counsl in Cons Science
Consumer Conflict Mediation, Management & Negotiation III
Entrepreneurship In Hes
E-Commerce@Human Envir Science
Personal Insurance Plan & Mgt
Total Hours21

Recommended General Elective

CSM 390Field Experience1-6

Upon successful degree completion, students are poised for a fulfilling career in analyzing and communicating consumer issues. Consumer affairs is an area of increasing importance in business, industry, government and social services. Financial planning and counseling is predicted to be one of the fastest growing career tracks. Students in this concentration are taking an important step toward establishing the “gold standard” professional credential, Certified Financial Planner™. As students in this highly regarded CFP® Board Registered Program, graduates are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Exam immediately upon degree attainment.

Types of Jobs Accepted

consumer education, financial literacy initiatives, consumer protection, state, local, national consumer advocacy, private and municipal law, corporate consumer affairs, congressional/senatorial staff, financial planning, investment brokerage, investment portfolio management, employee benefits advisory, insurance, retirement planning services, personal banking, family service agencies, customer service, public relations

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Family Financial Planning and Counseling Concentration

EN 1013EN 1023
HES 1003EC 1103
CS 102 or CSM 1013CSM 2043
MATH 112 or 1103Natural Science Core4
History Core3Fine Arts Core3
 15 16
CSM 2013HU or FA3
EC 1113HI or SB or L3
HD 262HD 462, TH 113, or COM 1233Computer Core3
HU/FA or Lit3ST 260 or BER 3453
Natural Science Core4AC 2104
 16 16
CSM 3001HI or SB or L3
CSM 3033Natural Science Core4
CSM 4003CSM 4053
CSM 4013CSM 4103
CSM 4043CSM 4203
 13 16
HES 3103Elective Courses or Internship7
CSM 3813Writing CoreCSM 441, CSM 4513
CSM 4583CSM 4543
CSM 4593CSM 4603
 12 16
Total Hours: 120

Consumer Affairs Concentration

EN 1013Natural Science Core4
History Core3COM 1233
HES 1003EN 1023
MATH 112 or 1103EC 1103
CS 102 or CSM 1013CSM 2013
 15 16
Natural Science Core4HU or FA3
Literature Core3HI or SB or L3
EC 1113CSM 3033
CSM 3813BER 345 or ST 2603
CSM 2043CSM 445 or CS 2853
 16 15
HU or FA3CSM Elective Course3
CSM Elective Course3HI or SB or L3
CSM 4013CSM 4053
CSM 4033CSM 4153
HES 4303CSM 4253
 15 15
CSM Elective3Elective Courses or Internship6
Elective Courses7CSM 4253
HES 3103CSM 4413
 CSM 4513
 13 15
Total Hours: 120