The Consumer and Community Studies (CCS) program focuses on the well-being of households in terms of small-scale communities and large-scale environments. Students in the program gain an interdisciplinary understanding of marketplace and community issues at the local, national, and international level, examining the perspectives of consumers, businesses, community organizations, and government. The curriculum includes a core set of courses covering research methods, economics, and finances; electives in consumer health, social policy, community health, and other topics allow students to tailor their program to their interests and strengths. Consider an optional emphasis in Financial Planning (BA/BS) as an additional skill set. Moving beyond the theoretical, students also complete community service and internships, gaining the mediation skills and hands-on experience necessary to improve the lives of families and communities.
The Student Experience
The program offers many opportunities for students to gain research experience, either by working with faculty members on current research initiatives or by receiving faculty guidance on student-designed research projects. Students can also complete internships, simultaneously gaining academic credit and real-world experience in the consumer and community studies field. Additional involvement opportunities in the form of a Student Advisory Committee and the Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) Honor Society are also available.
CCS students have a solid understanding of economics, family finance, political science, community development, social work, public policy, and law, making them well-prepared for careers in any of these areas. Graduates can also pursue careers in government agencies (as policy makers or regulators), non-profit organizations (as grant writers), or work for businesses that deal with consumers and community issues, such as housing advocacy firms, pharmaceuticals, and market research firms. CCS students are also well-prepared to complete advanced degrees: for example, continue studying an undergraduate research project at the graduate level, in programs like consumer and community advocacy, public administration, or law. Careers as educators, professors, attorneys, or therapists are also possible.
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