Consumer Affairs is an option within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Our program is one of the leading undergraduate programs in the field. It offers an interdisciplinary study of the financial, legislative, psychological, sociological, and cultural factors involved in consumerism.
Areas covered in Consumer Affairs are Consumer Advocacy and Protection, Financial Management, and Housing. In addition, the course work in Consumer Affairs is complemented by minors in several areas including Business Management, Economics, and Marketing.
Through this diverse yet integrated course of study, students will gain specific skills and knowledge, learn by doing in applied field experiences, and have opportunities for independent study in areas of individual interest. Course of study includes:
Preparation in the Consumer Affairs area provides a solid foundation with which to enter into a variety of careers such as:
The faculty in the Consumer Affairs area have secured a variety of both paid and unpaid internships. Students have interned at some of the following organizations: Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs, Los Angeles Attorney General’s Office, KNBC - Fight Back!, Minolta, The Los Angeles Times, Pepsi, and Consumer Credit Counseling Services.
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