Undergraduate Degree Programs

Family & Consumer Sciences

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Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences empowers individuals and families to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society.  UM’s Family and 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. The Family and Consumer Sciences major offers concentrations in FCS Education, Human Development and Family Studies, and Retail Merchandising.  Simply put, if you’re interested in pursuing a degree in this highly practical, strongly interdisciplinary field, you’ve come to the right place.  For more information on the major concentrations, please click on the links below.

The Family and Consumer Sciences program prepares students for positions in:

  • Human services agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Secondary schools
  • Cooperative extension
  • Fashion promotion
  • Merchandising and management
  • Visual merchandising
  • Product development and buying

In addition to the Family and Consumer Sciences major, MINORS are offered in:

FCS Education:

FCS Education Program Overview

FCS Education Degree Plan 2021-2022

Human Development and Family Studies:

Human Development and Family Studies Program Overview

Human Development and Family Studies Degree Plan 2021-2022

Retail Merchandising:

Retail Merchandising Program Overview

Retail Merchandising Degree Plan 2021-2022


Click HERE for a list of Scholarships for FCS majors and the scholarship application.