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Family and Consumer Economics

The study of family and consumer economics within the field of family science prepares students to work with individuals and families to manage their resources. The family science curriculum emphasizes the importance of resources such as time, money and information for families, and how families can learn to use these resources to maximize their quality of life. Students become prepared to work with families experiencing financial difficulties, or who have money to save and invest. Students also become informed of consumer rights and responsibilities to advocate for consumers, and learn how to work with low income families to create or extend human and financial resources. Coursework in this area helps students to understand the interaction between families, economic well-being, and public policy.

Depending on career interests, additional courses outside the HDFS Department might include finance, consumer law, marketing, insurance, accounting, communications, economics or woman's studies.

Masters degree and Certificate in FFP
NDSU also offers a master's degree and graduate certificate in Family Financial Planning through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Educating Alliance (GPIDEA). Talk with an advisor if you are interested in graduate study.

Field Experience
Each of the HDFS undergraduate options includes field experience as a critical part of the program of study. All students are given the opportunity to work in a professional placement during their undergraduate program. This requirement enables students to apply their course work to a professional position as they prepare to move into careers in various settings.

Some of the minors on campus that compliment the family science major are as follows:
Business Administration
Individual and Family Wellness
Woman's Studies

  • Although a minor is not required, students interested in pursuing careers in or are encouraged to pursue a minor.
  • A minor in is helpful to better understand individual behavior, which might be particularly helpful for those interested in fianancial counseling.
  • A minor in is useful to better understand the interaction of the family system with larger social systems.
  • A minor is important for a holistic understanding of ways to improve all aspects of well-being.
  • Students who desire an understanding of gender issues will benefit from taking the minor.
  • The minor prepares students to work with aging individuals and their families on issues such as retirement, long-term care, and estate planning.
  • The minor is appropriate for students desiring to develop written or visual materials and do media-based work focused on family issues.

Graduate Work
Students interested in attending graduate school are encouraged to take the Statistics course. With further education, students can pursue careers in Family Law, Estate Planning, Public Policy Formation and Assessment become Accredited Financial Counselors, or become Certified Financial Planners.

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