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Consumer Economics and Finance

Consumer Economics and Finance

Students develop knowledge and skills to help consumers with everyday problems. Course work in consumer economics, personal finance, and economics give the student a broad-based background and understanding of the role of consumers in the marketplace.

Students can choose an emphasis in consumer economics, family economics, or financial planning and counseling.

  • Recent students have held internships at the following institutions: Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Champaign National Bank, Frey Financial, Walsh Financial Services, American Express Financial Services, BankOne, The Andersons, The Federal Trade Commission, Illinois Attorney General’s office, and the Chicago Lyric Opera.
  • Some job titles of recent graduates include Insurance Underwriter, Personal Banker, Commercial Banker, and Consumer Investigator.
  • An emphasis in family economics prepares students for jobs in government agencies and non-profit organizations.
  • Specific courses required include Personal Financial Planning (240), Consumer Economics (270), Economics of Consumption (474), and Family Economics (476).

Career Opportunity: Leadership Development Program Participant and Marketing Analyst, Allstate

Joy Huang
Joy Huang Joy is a part of a corporate rotational program that is comprised of three one-year rotations across Allstate. Her first rotation is with the Expense Management and Planning team that is responsible for overseeing and planning all of Allstate’s marketing budgets and expenses. As an analyst, Joy focuses on managing expenses as well as generating ad hoc analysis reports on how marketing dollars are being spent. Read more
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Consumer Economics and Finance Students apply business theory to consumers in every sector from retail to finance to marketing.