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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Environmental Sciences in
Consumer Sciences, concentration in Consumer Affairs


Program Overview

The concentration in Consumer Affairs prepares students for enriching careers or further education by providing an applied approach to understanding consumers in individual and corporate or public environments.

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Have a Passion for Helping Others?

Coursework focuses on consumer economics, policy, demographics, communications and family resource management. The program builds students’ capacity to analyze market trends and personal finance matters from a consumer perspective and to communicate these concerns and projections to stakeholders.

The skills and knowledge gained through the concentration in Consumer Affairs will equip graduates for careers as consumer specialists, analysts, entrepreneurs, sales professionals, customer engagement specialists and financial professionals in a wide variety of settings—private, public and non-profit.

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  • Application DeadlineApplications accepted year round
  • Are test scores required?ACT and SAT scores are not required through the Fall 2024 entry term


This 120 semester hour program includes General Education requirements, 6 hours HES requirements, Major requirements, Consumer Affairs concentration requirements, and electives. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Consumer Sciences

  • CSM 201  Individual Family Resource Management
  • CSM 204  Introduction to Personal Financial Planning or CSM 205 Honors Introduction to Personal Financial Planning
  • CSM 225  Confidence in Conflict
  • CSM 303  Consumer Decisions
  • CSM 381  Consumer Marketing Management or MKT 300 Marketing
  • CSM 401  Consumer Protection
  • ST 260  Statistical Data Analysis or PY 211 Elementary Statistical Methods, SOC 301 Social Statistics, BER 345 Educational Statistics, CJ 381 Statistics

Consumer Affairs

  • CSM 403 Consumer Economics
  • CSM 415 Customer Service Management
  • CSM 441 Consumer Communications
  • CSM 447 Digital Tools

Consumer Science Electives

Choose three courses:

  • CSM 405 Public Policy: Family and Community Resources
  • CSM 435 Psychology of Money
  • CSM 440 Maximizing Social Media Marketing
  • CSM 451 Consumer Demographics
  • CSM 455 Consumer Analytic Methods
  • CSM 459 Techniques of Counseling in Consumer Sciences
  • CSM Elective Block (Additional CSM 100-499 courses)

Course Availability

View more information about this program through the University’s catalog.


To apply for formal admission to any of the undergraduate degree programs offered through UA Online, you must complete an admissions application and submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Transfer students considering admission should review UA’s transfer information and policies.

Applicants must meet one of the following admission requirements:

  • If you have earned more than 24 college-level credit hours at the time of your application to the University, you will need to meet the transfer student admission requirement of a minimum 2.0 overall college GPA.
  • If you have earned less than 24 college-level credit hours at the time of your application to the University, you will need to meet both the 2.0 overall college GPA required for transfer students, as well as Admission Requirements for Freshmen Students.  If high school graduation was more than four years ago, ACT/SAT scores are not required.

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