Associate Professor Kirkpatrick (Chair), Assistant Professor Wilson; Instructor Bell.
FCS 291 (Individual and Family Development) and FCS 402 (Dynamics of Family Relationships) help fulfill the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.
The programs in Family and Consumer Sciences lead to a baccalaureate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences in one of three concentration areas: child and family studies, family and consumer sciences education, and retail merchandising. All undergraduate programs are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Family and Consumer Sciences Education program is included in the unit accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Child Study Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Family and Consumer Sciences major has concentrations in Child and Family Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and Retail Merchandising.
Students concentrating in Child and Family Studies complete a professional internship. Those in Family and Consumer Sciences Education must fulfill all requirements for teacher education as outlined in the College of Education section of this Bulletin. Graduates of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education concentration are eligible to apply for a Class B teaching certificate. Students in Retail Merchandising complete a professional internship and are encouraged to complete a minor in Business.
Child and Family Studies graduates pursue careers in human resources, child and family services, and preschool teaching and administration. Family and Consumer Sciences Education graduates are prepared to teach in middle/high schools, work in the Cooperative Extension Service, and in related positions. Graduates in Retail Merchandising pursue positions in buying and selling of merchandise, placing and training personnel, in management, and in other related areas.
Students enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences concentrations may be required to participate in state- and/or program-mandated background check programs.
Non-majors may pursue minors in one of three areas.
The Child and Family Studies minor requires FCS 281, 291, 391, 400, 402, and 494.
The Family and Consumer Sciences minor consists of 18–21 hours in family and consumer sciences courses, including 6 hours in foods and nutrition, 3 hours in family and child studies, 3 hours in resource management, 3 hours in clothing, and 3–6 hours in departmental electives.
The Foods and Nutrition minor requires FCS 170, 281, 291, 372, 382, and 485.
Courses in Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)
|Course number||Course name||Credit hours|
|150||Apparel Construction and Analysis||3|
|170||Introduction to Food Science and Preparation||3|
|181||Introduction to Dietetics||1|
|241||Foundations of FCS||3|
|260||Family and Child Issues and Services||3|
|281||Introduction to Nutrition||3|
|291||Individual and Family Development||3|
|336||Technology in Retailing||3|
|362||Administration, Principles, and Methodologies in Child and Family Studies||3|
|373||Seminar in Dietetics||1|
|382||Foodservice Systems Management||3|
|400||Adolescent and Young Adult Development||3|
|402||Dynamics of Family Relationships||3|
|405||Adult Development and Aging||3|
|435||Professional and Career Development||3|
|452||Clothing Design—Flat Pattern||3|
|460||Problems in Family and Consumer Sciences||1–6|
|464||Child and Elder Care Programs and Services||3|
|465||Homes, Schools, and Communities: A Child-Centered Relationship||3|
|471||Applied Research in Food Science||3|
|473||Human Nutrition and Metabolism I||3|
|474||Human Nutrition and Metabolism II||3|
|483||Nutrition Care Process I||3|
|484||Nutrition Care Process II||3|
|485||Life Cycle and Community Nutrition||3|
|491||Methods and Materials for Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences||3|
|494||Implementation of Early Childhood Programs||3|