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Consumer Economics and Finance

Students in this concentration develop knowledge and skills to help consumers with everyday problems. Course work in consumer economics, personal finance, and economics give the student a broad-based background and understanding of the role of consumers in the marketplace.

A student can choose an emphasis in consumer economics, family economics, or financial planning and counseling.

  • Recent students have held internships at the following institutions: Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Champaign National Bank, Frey Financial, Walsh Financial Services, American Express Financial Services, BankOne, The Andersons, The Federal Trade Commission, Illinois Attorney General’s office, and the Chicago Lyric Opera.
  • Some job titles of recent graduates include Certified Financial Planner, Insurance Underwriter, Personal Banker, Commercial Banker, and Consumer Investigator.
  • An emphasis in family economics prepares students for jobs in government agencies and non-profit organizations.
  • The financial planning and counseling emphasis can lead to careers in the financial services industry in jobs such as financial planner, insurance agent, realtor, stockbroker, financial counselor, and credit counselor.
  • Specific courses required include Personal Financial Planning (240), Consumer Economics (270), Economics of Consumption (474), and Family Economics (476).

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For more information about the Consumer Economics and Finance Program, please contact:
Caroline Helton, Academic Advisor
304b Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-4825

Career Opportunity Spotlight

Marketing Analyst at Allstate

Joy Huang

Joy is a part of a corporate rotational program that is comprised of three one-year rotations across Allstate. Her first rotation is with the Expense Management and Planning team that is responsible for overseeing and planning all of Allstate’s marketing budgets and expenses. As an analyst, Joy focuses on managing expenses as well as generating ad hoc analysis reports on how marketing dollars are being spent.

Joy has enjoyed the opportunity to interact with and learn from seasoned professionals in her field.

“Through the rotational program, I’ve been able to meet with more executives and gain experiences at Allstate that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. What I love most about being a marketing analyst is getting a holistic view of marketing. I love seeing how a large Fortune 100 company plans and strategizes their enormous marketing spend and what they think will be effective to achieve company goals in the future.”

While at Illinois, Joy appreciated the diversity of people that the school has to offer.

“What I enjoyed most about U of I was the diverse group of people I was able to interact with. It is extremely rare after college to talk to and learn from electric engineers, future doctors, poets, and talented athletes in one setting.”

Joy also valued the students and professors at Illinois who were encouraging and motivated others to strive towards achieving their potential.

“I think that what sets the U of I apart from other academic institutions is the people that comprise it. This includes the students that are driven, kind, and intelligent, that encouraged me to be more like them. This also includes the amazing professors—most notably Professor Paul Stoddard—and staff that invest in you and truly put your development and dreams before grades.”

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