Consumer Science Majors

Majoring in consumer science could lead you to a career analyzing consumer behavior so you can determine retail trends, or it can help you make better decisions as a buyer or consumer. Read on for more information about bachelor's degree programs in this field. See what courses are included, how online programs work and what your career options are. Schools offering Fashion Design & Merchandising degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is Covered in a Consumer Science Major?

Through a 4-year bachelor's degree program in consumer science, you learn to anticipate customers' product needs and desires. The major covers topics in merchandising, so you can learn ways to display products so they catch people's attention. It also covers sales techniques, so you can learn how to cut prices and still make a profit. You also study customer service techniques and public relations. Another aspect of consumer sciences is family planning--ways to provide for your family by making savvy decisions as a consumer.

Key Topics Sales techniques, merchandising, customer service, public relations, family planning
Common Courses Family resource management, personal finance, entrepreneurship, family meal planning, leadership and supervision
Learning Environments Traditional classroom and hybrid programs are available
Possible Careers Buyer, fashion merchandiser, marketer, public relations specialist, store manager

What Courses Will I Take?

You may be able to complete a specialization, such as merchandising, fashion, family financial planning, technology, entrepreneurship, family studies or hospitality management. Most schools also require that you complete a consumer science internship. Courses you could take cover:

  • The business of consumer sciences
  • Strategies in Internet retail
  • Family resource management
  • Family meal planning and preparation
  • Leadership and supervision
  • Visual merchandising
  • Personal finance
  • Consumer sciences research
  • Entrepreneurship

How Do Online Programs Work?

If you want to complete the consumer science major from home, you can choose from a number of programs that are entirely online, with the exception of an internship. Hybrid programs are also available with some classes available remotely but others must be completed on campus. Hybrid classes incorporate in-class learning with some online program aspects, such as completing and turning in coursework remotely. You can often complete course activities, research projects and peer interactions online, as well.

How Can I Use This Degree?

With a degree in consumer science, you can go into marketing, which involves analyzing what customers are purchasing to determine buying patterns and develop targeted advertisements. You can also become a buyer, purchasing products for a company to be sold to customers. Fashion merchandising is another option; this involves selecting clothing and setting it up in a way that appeals to the people who are most likely to buy them. You could go into store management in order to own or oversee a store. Other options include entering sales, public relations and personal shopping arenas.

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