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Welcome to the Department of Consumer Sciences

Developing future business professionals and community leaders.

The Consumer Sciences Department provides undergraduate programs in Aviation, Consumer Affairs, Fashion Studies & Retail Merchandising, Hospitality Management and Leadership & Management of Nonprofit Organizations, as well as, a number of supporting minors and two graduate programs. We also house two South Dakota State University Extension Programs and several staff members who support our efforts.

To indicate your interest in one of our programs, please contact the program leader for more information. We would be happy to visit with you about your interests and career goals.

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Jane Hegland

Hegland steps down as head of consumer sciences

Nineteen years ago, Jane Hegland accepted a job as head of the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design at South Dakota State University because she thought she could make a difference.

Connecting in NYC — State alum helps out State student during pandemic

As a young teen living in Hanoi, Vietnam, Anh “Anna” Ngoc Tuong Nguyen knew what she wanted to do—go to America and work in the fashion industry.

Betz-Hamilton's book wins Edgar Award

When Axton Betz-Hamilton saw her book, “The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity,” won an Edgar Award, she was in disbelief.