Consumer Economics and Finance

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Students in this concentration 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.

A student 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 Certified Financial Planner, 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.
  • The financial planning and counseling emphasis can lead to careers in the financial services industry in jobs such as financial planner, insurance agent, realtor, stockbroker, financial counselor, and credit counselor.
  • Specific courses required include Personal Financial Planning (240), Consumer Economics (270), Economics of Consumption (474), and Family Economics (476).
See current requirements View the eight semester plan

For more information about Consumer Economics and Finance, please contact:

Caroline Helton
Academic Advisor
304b Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory
Urbana Illinois 61801
217-300-4825
chelton@illinois.edu