Prepares students to meet the need for consumer studies professionals to represent, advocate, educate and empower consumers’ decisions, information, rights and responsibilities
This Concentration includes a Business Administration minor and prepares students for careers in consumer services, government agencies and financial areas.
Each concentration provides students with the knowledge and practical hands- on experience to prepare students to be competitive in the workplace.
The Life Center (Literacy in Financial Education Center) provides education and support for students regarding financial health and literacy. They encourage students to practice responsible financial behaviors and graduate with lower debt level. Their mission is to change knowledge and behaviors related to money management by providing financial education through various tools and resources.
Linda Simpson, Ph.D., CFCS, CPFFE serves as the Chair for the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Her subject matter expertise is in the areas of consumer studies and financial literacy. Dr. Simpson was instrumental in advancing the university in technology enhanced and delivered education as she was one of the first EIU professors to offer an online delivered course.
"Before I was completed with my master’s degree, I decided I would start applying to different openings. Within weeks I was interviewing and before I was even completed with my degree, I had been offered my first job as a Personal Finance Counselor. After several rewarding years of helping consumers regain control of their finances and live more financially responsible lives, I decided I wanted to see what other employment opportunities were available."Jackie See (2012)
"For the past 6 years I have worked in the financial aid department for online universities and am currently a Student Finance Manager for Colorado Technical University Online. With the knowledge I gained at EIU, I have become an experienced professional with a combination of communication, organization, customer service and leadership skills. I currently use these skills to ensure the timely delivery and accurate implementation of financial aid."Marissa Smith (2013)