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About the Department

Welcome

Dr. Hegland

The faculty and staff members of the Department of Consumer Sciences would like to welcome you to our web page and to our department.  

The Department of Consumer Sciences (CS) is one of four departments in the College of Education & Human Sciences (EHS): Consumer Sciences; Counseling & Human Development; Health & Nutritional Sciences; and Teaching, Learning & Leadership.

Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees are offered within the Department of Consumer Sciences, and we also offer several undergraduate minors. Alongside academic programs, we have two extension programs in the department, with specialists focused on the areas of leadership and community development and family and personal finance. While the department is home to a diverse collection of disciplines, all of our programs are professionally based. All academic and extension programs have integrated elements of leadership, management, customer service, design, and technology. In addition, a strong general education curriculum is part of all majors, which aids students in learning to assimilate all of their educational components. We are educating students in professions that exist in cities and towns around the country, we are developing business professionals and community leaders.

Consumer Sciences faculty are committed to SDSU’s tripartite mission of teaching, scholarship, and outreach, where the focus is on integrating students into the learning environment under close supervision of qualified faculty. As well as teaching and mentoring students, faculty are researchers and scholars who produce new knowledge and serve related professional organizations in leadership capacities.

Practical learning experiences complement traditional academic settings. Internship and practicum courses prepare students for the real world and provide the industry with well-trained employees. In most programs, students begin preparation for their internship or practicum with a professional development course. This course helps students to become aware of current trends and expectations in the industry as well as providing a professional foundation.

Because of the world economy and the importance of developing an international perspective, we offer travel study opportunities regionally, nationally, and internationally to such places as Kansas City, Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, Rome, London and Paris. For longer-term study opportunities, students may choose to attend classes in New York City, London, England, or Sydney, Australia (for example) for a summer, a semester, or for a year. In addition, numerous other study abroad programs around the world are available to our students via the Office of International Affairs. Students work with an advisor to ensure that the transfer of credits occurs prior to taking advantage of one of these opportunities.

There are active student organizations in each of our major areas of study. Students plan educational programs and tours, attend regional and national professional meetings, undertake service projects for the SDSU campus and community, and often plan field trips to manufacturers, professional businesses, museums, trade shows, and the like.

All of these opportunities provide students with experiences that highlight the uses of their university education as well as broaden their thinking about the world around them.

Graduates of our programs have found exciting professional opportunities in their fields. Salaries are competitive, and the latest reports show salary ranges between $27,000 and $43,000 for 2011 graduates. Career placement in our majors in 2011 was between 88% and 100%, dependent on major.

To indicate your interest in one of our programs, contact our department. We would be happy to visit with you personally about your interests and career goals. We can arrange a campus and department tour, visit a class, or visit with one of our current students or faculty members.