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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.

Consumer Sciences Graduate 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. Build your expertise in fashion and retail, family resource management or hospitaligy management while working with highly productive faculty on the latest issues facing the consumer sciences.

Master of Science in Consumer Sciences
Learn how to create in-depth research about consumers and their consumption habits that will prepare you for managerial roles in the personal finance, fashion and retail and hospitality industries, or doctoral studies.

Consumer Sciences Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, Consumer and Family Financial Services
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. It is the only program at Ohio State that readies you for the Certified Financial Planner examination.

Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, Fashion and Retail Studies
A focus on Fashion and Retail Studies equips you for a career in the fashion and retail worlds. Whether you aspire to develop merchandising strategies or manage a boutique shop, you will learn all aspects of the industry. Abundant opportunities at Ohio State through student organizations, internships, producing or designing for a student-run fashion show enriches your learning and experience.

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
Get prepared for a professional management career in the hospitality-tourism industry. This comprehensive program balances content on business, management, people, service and operations. Students who graduate with a bachelor's in Hospitality Management gain a career competitive edge in the industry.

Undergraduate Minors

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.

Certificate Programs

Hospitality and Retail Leadership Certificate
Demand is growing for professionally trained hospitality and retail managers. This certificate programs helps prepare you for a future as a service organization leader.

Healthcare Environmental and Hospitality Services Certificate
This fully online, 12-credit hour program trains hospitality and healthcare environmental services professionals for positions of leadership within healthcare and hospitality organizations.

Fundamentals of Hospitality Services Certificate
Get training positions of service leadership within hospitality organizations. This certificate prepares you for a meaningful future in service management and administration.