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Family & Consumer Sciences

UM’s Family & Consumer Sciences program wasn’t just the first program of its kind in the State of Alabama; it was one of the first programs in the Southeast to achieve accreditation through the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Our curriculum has pioneered fields such as vocational home economics, retail home economics, institutional management, and child development throughout the state and the region. Simply put, if you’re interested in pursuing a degree in this highly practical, strongly interdisciplinary field, you’ve come to the right place.


  • Human Development & Family Studies

    “Family” is really the heart of the Family and Consumer Sciences program, and that’s why UM offers the opportunity to specialize in Human Development & Family Studies. This interdisciplinary track will help you understand and learn to work with families and children in a wide range of settings. And you’ll be making an immediate impact on the community starting with a hands-on internship in sites ranging from community agencies to churches to daycares.

  • Family & Consumer Sciences Secondary Education

    With a curriculum this diverse and practical, it only makes sense that we here at UM would prepare our students to pass along their learning to younger generations. Students participating in the Secondary Education program within the Family and Consumer Sciences department will be prepared not only to apply the knowledge they’ve learned, but share it as well in grade 6-12 classrooms. Sometimes we don’t figure out our life path the first time around in college. The alternative master’s degree in FCS Secondary Education allows returning students to earn an advanced degree while also fulfilling the requirements for initial certification to teach. For practicing classroom teachers, the traditional master’s degree program in FCS Secondary Education is a perfect way to deepen one’s knowledge and learn the advanced skills that define a “master teacher.”

  • Retail Merchandising

    When it comes to Retail Merchandising, the possibilities are widespread, and the ceiling is high. At UM, you’ll learn about product marketing, sales and trade, industrial creativity, and much more. And with opportunities for study tours in New York City and Atlanta, you’ll be able to witness the action of our global economy first-hand. Whether you’re aiming to manage, buy, or just start your own company, you’ll be ready.

Finish-in-Four Plans

  • Minors

    Non-FCS majors may pursue minors in one of four areas.

    • Human Development and Family Studies
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Foods and Nutrition
    • Retail Merchandising