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Bachelor of Science in Consumer and Family Financial Services

Good with numbers? Good with people?

A bachelor’s degree in consumer and family financial services prepares you for a career helping people, businesses or organizations make sense of complex financial concepts, data and policies. You’ll learn the analytical and people-skills to help your clients or employer make better decisions in the real world.

Hannah Fetterman
"It is extremely beneficial for my peers and me to gain real world knowledge from our professors who were practicing what they were teaching us daily."
- Hannah Fetterman
BS, 2016


Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP®) Track

The only program at Ohio State that incorporates the rigorous training needed to sit for the Certified Financial Planner™ certification. With this certification, you’ll achieve the highest standard in financial planning, and be prepared to help individuals and families plan for their financial futures.

Consumer Behavior Track

Learn how real-world economic policies and issues affect how consumers use limited resources. Undergraduate research and a focus on consumer analytics are just a couple ways this program can strengthen your resume, and help you prepare for a career in analytics at a business or organization.

The Department of Human Sciences, in collaboration with the College of Social Work, also offers a three-course education sequence that qualifies you to take the Accredited Financial Counselor® certification exam. The Accredited Financial Counselor® provides you with the knowledge and experience to meet individuals and families where they are, helping them build a strong financial foundation, realize their goals, and achieve lasting financial well-being.

What is it like to be a financial planning major?

Students often have questions about what is it like to pursue a degree in financial planning. Current students share their first-hand experiences and answers about how they learned about the major, what they like best, their internship experiences and their goals after graduation in four short videos.

Out-of-the-classroom experiences

Student financial wellness coach shares strategies with an Ohio State student

OSU Student Financial Planning Association

  • On-campus professional development organization
  • Networking opportunities and resume workshops
  • Industry insight from working professionals
  • First to know about jobs and internships
  • Advised by a Certified Financial Planner™

Scarlet and Gray Financial

  • Unique chance to gain hands-on financial coaching experience on campus
  • Put what you learn into practice coaching fellow students
  • Make a positive impact in the future of your peers

Featured Courses


Family Financial Management

Spring 2021 - 3 credit hours

“The class will solidify and add to your understanding of personal and family finance, setting you up for future success. I strongly believe that no matter what you study, a personal finance course should be required for graduation.”

Download CSCFFS 2260 Syllabus

Contact: Tansel Yilmazer


Consumer Problems and Perspectives

Spring 2021 - GE Social Science

One of the most helpful courses to learn about saving and borrowing, education, health insurance, fraud, housing and food safety. This student-described “growing-up course” examines common market issues impacting consumers and how to devise solutions.

Download CS2910 Syllabus

Contact: Deborah Sharp


Career Paths

Boundless opportunities exist with a degree in Consumer and Family Financial Services.

  • Personal financial advisor
  • Loan officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market research analyst
  • Health services specialist
  • Policy analyst

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Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
This program is direct admit; a minimum 2.0 GPA is required
Minimum Program Hours: 


  • Family financial management
  • Family Tax Planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Consumer problems and perspectives
  • Consumer decision making
  • Capstone in consumer analytics
View the Curriculum Sheet


Andrew (Drew) S. Hanks, PhD, Assistant Professor
Sherman D. Hanna, PhD, Professor
Lauren Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor
Dean R. Lillard, PhD, Professor
Caezilia Loibl, PhD, CFP®, Professor
Catherine Montalto, PhD, Associate Professor
Robert L. Scharff, PhD, JD, Professor
Tansel Yilmazer, PhD, CFP®, Associate Professor
Paul Dolce, MBA, CFP®


Brian Sutliff, MS, CFP®, ChFC
Joseph H. Ji, PhD, CPA
Deborah Sharp, MS
Logan Philipps, JD, MA


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