Family and Consumer Economics
Graduate study and research in family and consumer economics concentrates on the factors influencing the decisions and well-being of families and consumers. Economic interactions of families and consumers with their external environment are studied with an emphasis on the economic analysis of household consumption, production, and finance. Economics, social-psychological theories, and quantitative methods are applied to family and consumer decisions and policy questions.
Faculty research includes family and consumer economics, financial counseling and planning, consumer affairs, and the allocation of family and consumer resources.
Previous background in microeconomics, calculus, and family and consumer economics is assumed. Students who do not possess this background may need to take supplementary coursework to build entry competencies.
Potential careers for family and consumer economists include university teaching and research, cooperative extension, and a variety of related professions in the private and public sector.