Consumer Economics

College of Family and Consumer Sciences



The Consumer Economics major at the University of Georgia prepares students to understand how consumers make choices in an ever-changing economy.  The role of information is a central theme.  Students learn how fraud and deception, products of varying quality, and inadequate information affect consumer decisions; students also prepare to manage resources from the household to corporate level, with emphasis on analysis of consumer issues and related policy questions.  Independent courses of study to best suit future career goals and interests are available.

Should a student have an interest in Financial Planning, an emphasis in this field is available at the UGA-Griffin campus.  The emphasis is approved by the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board of Standards as meeting the requirements to become a Certified Financial Planner, but in addition students must pass the Board’s exams and complete three years of qualifying full-time work. 

Graduates with a Consumer Economics degree are employed as middle managers in business, public administration, consumer groups, family advocacy agencies, public utilities, and extension services.  Additional career opportunities include responsibilities in consumer affairs, consumer education, marketing, financial counseling, and media information.  An emphasis in Financial Planning at UGA-Griffin may lead to careers in consumer credit or with counseling agencies, financial service firms, or social service agencies.  Graduate study or pursuit of a professional degree in law or business is also a consideration.

Study Abroad Options: London Study Abroad; UGA Costa Rica Housing and Household Economics; Greece Study Abroad – the Greek Financial Crisis; Domestic Study Tour: Washington, D.C. Study Tour