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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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Capstone class provides insights for University Bookstore

The first-ever capstone class in fashion studies and retail merchandising at South Dakota State University has already helped the University Bookstore gain more media interaction and customer engagement.

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University Aviation Association honors Christensen

Cody Christensen, an associate professor at South Dakota State University, received the V.L. Laursen Award at the University Aviation Association’s 73rd Annual Education Conference held virtually in October.

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.