Students interested in a career where they help individuals and families improve their financial well-being can now major in consumer economics and family financial counseling within the college.

“With some Americans taking nearly a decade to recover from the Great Recession of 2008 and 54% of Americans currently struggling to minimize their debt, trained personal financial experts are in high demand,” said Claudia Heath, director of undergraduate studies for the major. “Students completing this degree will have good prospects for employment upon graduation.”

Housed in the Department of Family Sciences, students in the new major will complete course work and three internships related to the personal finance industry. After graduation, these individuals can pursue careers as loan officers, financial counselors, and budget analysts.

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