The programs within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences are designed to provide students with a broad background in the Human Ecology subject areas. Family and Consumer Sciences is an ideal major for students who are interested in Human Ecology; the study of how human beings relate to and interact with their natural and social environments. Family and Consumer Sciences empowers individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society.
Family and Consumer Sciences is a discipline that involves creativity, innovation and workforce development. The aim of the Program is to provide students comprehensive training in subject matters such as foods and nutrition, dietetics, textiles and clothing, fashion, human development, housing, family, child, community development, teacher education, and resource management. Students who enroll in the Program receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Students can specialize in one of four areas of concentration: Family and Consumer Sciences Education Endorsement, Family, Child, and Community Services, Dietetics (Foods and Nutrition), and Textile, Apparel and Merchandising Management.
Additionally, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum is designed to provide students with the competencies necessary for improving the physical, emotional, physiological, and educational well-being of individuals and families. Further, the program focuses on the study of interpersonal relationships within the family. Social, physical, emotional, and cognitive changes during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood also are emphasized. Career opportunities are offered in public and private human service agencies, and specialized facilities serving children, adolescents, adults, and families. An internship and other outreach/community experiences are required. Finally, the Program also prepares students for careers in business and management. Opportunities are available in a large sector of business, multiple industries, as well as educational settings. If you are interested in people; working with young children, the elderly and adolescence; interested in health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition, if you like to lead, teach, and motivate; take pride in organizational skills; enjoy writing, public speaking, advocacy, and writing public policy; love the fashion scene, then Family and Consumer Sciences is for you.
Advance the development of students within the major by building millennium skills and global competence.
In accordance with the University’s mission, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is committed to assuring that each student reaches his/her full potential and excels in society as competent and qualified professional.
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