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Consumer Sciences

The Consumer Sciences programs at Ohio State will help you attain the skills to improve consumer experiences in the marketplace. You can focus on consumer and family financial services, hospitality management or fashion and retail studies.

Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, your studies in consumer sciences will give you a foundation to study consumers, their consumption patterns and decision-making processes. With this knowledge you can create new and enhanced ways to improve consumer experiences in a global economy.

Your Studies in Focus

Consumer and Family Financial Services provides education in how consumers make decisions related to the use of limited resources, with a focus on time and money and in financial planning.

Fashion and Retail Studies teaches students to manage and merchandise for global retail markets as well as develop products for retail.

Hospitality Management prepares students to manage hotels, restaurants, convention centers, resorts and other consumer-facing and service-oriented businesses.

You'll have opportunities to expand on your studies outside of the classroom too. You can learn in our state-of-the-art laboratory kitchen at Ohio Union, get advice from veterans of the Hospitality Management Advisory Board, engage with a fashion collection containing items dating back to the early 20th century or help other students with their finances with Scarlet and Gray Financial. The resources available to you to make the most of your consumer sciences education at Ohio State and be a successful professional are right at your fingertips.

Pursuing your degree in consumer sciences will put you face-to-face with a faculty of award-winning professors researching interests that range from online retail and family financial health to food safety and family business management.

Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Consumer Sciences
Getting your doctorate in Consumer Sciences positions you to become a leader in the field as the next generation of university faculty. You will continue to build your expertise while working with highly productive faculty on the latest issues facing the consumer sciences.

Master of Science in Consumer Sciences
Building on your studies and experience, the master's program in Consumer Sciences teaches you how to create in-depth research about consumers and their consumption habits. You'll learn the concepts of consumer sciences that will prepare you for doctoral studies or managerial roles at companies in the personal finance, fashion and retail and hospitality industries.

Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, Consumer and Family Financial Services
A bachelor's degree specializing in Consumer and Family Financial Services will give you the skills needed for a rewarding career helping people understand and manage their personal resources, including time and money. This program prepares you for a variety of careers in the consumer and family financial service industry. And, it is the only program at Ohio State that incorporates the coursework needed to get you ready for the Certified Financial Planner examination.

Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, Fashion and Retail Studies
An undergraduate degree focusing on Fashion and Retail Studies equips you for a career in the fashion and retail worlds. Whether you aspire to develop merchandising strategies for the next generation of men and women or manage a boutique, you will learn all aspects of the industry. Students in Fashion and Retail Studies also have numerous opportunities to make the most of their education at Ohio State through student organizations, internships, producing or designing for a student-run fashion show and more.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management prepares you for a professional management career in the hospitality-tourism industry. This comprehensive program balances content on business, management, people, service and operations across the curriculum. Students who graduate with a BS in Hospitality Management have a competitive edge over others pursuing careers in the industry.

Other Programs

Minor in Consumer Sciences
Focusing on enhancing consumer, individual and family well-being, the minor in Consumer Sciences is designed to enable students to understand the consumer/market relationship, with special emphasis on identifying and solving consumer problems.

MInor in Consumer and Family Financial Services
Do you see working with families and individuals to help them improve their personal finances? The minor in Consumer and Family Financial Services will prepare you to do just that and fulfill the requirements to sit for the Certified Financial Planner certification.

Minor in Fashion and Retail Studies
This minor is designed to enhance understanding of merchandising of fashion products to meet the needs of consumers and retail industries.

Minor in Hospitality Management
This cross-functional minor can help improve your competitiveness in the marketplace by learning about the hospitality industry with special emphasis on identifying and solving management problems.