Department of Consumer Science

The Department of Consumer Science was founded in July 1976 from three former departments within the School of Consumer and Family Sciences: Clothing and Textiles, Home Management and Family Economics, and Housing, Equipment, and Environmental Design. Our current Undergraduate majors prepare students for fulfilling careers as buyers, merchandising leaders, financial planners, loan officers, stockbrokers, store managers, marketing directors, sales directors, and much more. Our challenging curriculum offers hands-on experiences that prepare students for real-world situations. Students have the opportunity to complete internships in Indiana, throughout the United States, and internationally. CSR students also have the opportunity to participate in sales competitions, employer networking, career fairs, and CSR student organizations.

The Department of Consumer Science is an applied interdisciplinary social science department where the focus is to work on research that helps consumers make better decisions overall. In that process, we investigate cutting edge research questions from areas as varied as: health disparities amongst underserved and minority populations; survivability in chronic and other forms of disease; consumer attitudes and behaviors and their impact on decision making, the role of nonverbal communication, labor market issues, labor-health connection, retailing questions, financial literacy, stock market investment decisions, and micro-lending challenges.

  • 10 full-time research/tenure track faculty members, 9 continuing lecturers/part-time faculty members, and one faculty joint with Public Health. 
  • Prestigious recognition:  Inaugural Trailblazer Award, The Order of the Griffin
  • Research conducted in Consumer Behavior, Family and Consumer Economics and Health Disparities.

We have 450 Undergraduate Students enrolled in the following majors: Selling and Sales Management, Retail Management and Financial Counseling and Planning. In 2017, 130 were awarded Undergraduate degrees. There are also 21 Master and Doctoral Students in the following programs: Consumer Behavior and Family & Consumer Economics.

By going beyond the classroom CSR students become more engaged in their fields of study. They become citizens with a broader cultural sensitivity and they become leaders amongst their peers. CSR students seek study abroad opportunities, internship experiences, and other professional development activities including sales competitions that will lead them towards a better understanding of the ever-changing global and multi-cultural markets.

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