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DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER SCIENCES (CSM)

Professor Milla D. Boschung, Department Head
Office: 212 Adams Hall

The consumer sciences curriculum allows students to select a concentration of courses in either family financial planning and counseling or consumer affairs, depending on the students’ career goals. Each student must work with a department advisor to plan the appropriate courses.

The concentration in family financial planning and counseling has been registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc.; therefore, students who successfully complete the concentration may sit for the CFP® Certification Examination that leads to the professional certification Certified Financial Planner™, CFP® certification.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, and CFP (with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. 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®, Certified Financial Planner™, and CFP (with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board Registered Program, have met ethics, experience, and examination requirements.

The family financial planning and counseling concentration ideally suits students interested in careers as family financial planners or counselors in financial planning firms, banks, insurance companies, investment companies, and social services. The consumer affairs concentration prepares students for careers as consumer specialists in government, business, industry, communication, and community services. Students interested in graduate study are encouraged to study advanced consumer economic theory and to obtain an introduction to research methodology and analysis.

Major in consumer sciences. The following courses are required for the major in consumer sciences. Other courses are required based on selected concentration.

Required courses Hours
CSM 201 Individual and Family Resource Management 3
CSM 204 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning 3
CSM 401 Consumer Protection (W) 3
CSM 403 Consumer Economics 3
CSM 405 Public Policy: Family and Community Resources 3
CSM 459 Techniques of Consumer Counseling 3
CSM 462 Professionalism in CSM 3
ST 260 or BER 345 3

Sample Curriculum for the CONSUMER SCIENCES major

FRESHMAN YEAR
Courses Hours
EN 101 and EN 102 (or EN 103) (FC) 6
HES 100 3
Computer science (C) or foreign language (FL) 3–4
History (HI ) and social and behavioral sciences (SB) 9
Mathematics (MA) 3
Natural science (N) 4
Electives 3
  ___
  31–32
   
SOPHOMORE YEAR
   
Courses Hours
CSM 201 3
CSM 204 3
CSM 462 2
Computer science (C) or foreign language (FL) 3
Concentration 6
History (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) 3
Humanities (HU) and fine arts (FA) 6
Natural science (N) 4
  ___
  31
   
JUNIOR YEAR
   
Courses Hours
CSM 401 (W) 3
CSM 462 2
Concentration 9
Electives 8
Humanities (HU) and fine arts (FA) 6
  ___
  28
   
SENIOR YEAR
   
Courses Hours
CSM 403 3
CSM 405 3
CSM 462 2
HES 310 3
CSM 459 3
Concentration 9
Electives 4
Writing course (W) 3
  ___
  30

Minor in consumer sciences. A minor in consumer sciences is available to students outside the Department of Consumer Sciences. Eighteen hours are required for the minor, including CSM 201, CSM 204, and 12 additional hours selected in consultation with a department advisor.

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