Adopted in part from the statement of the American Home Economics Association: The
mission of Family and Consumer Sciences is to enable families, both as individual units
and generally as a social institution to build and maintain systems of action which lead
(1) to maturing in individual self formation, (2) to encourage enlightened, cooperative
participation in the critique and formation of social goals and means of accomplishing
them; and (3) to enable individuals to be critically aware of consumer resources and their
management as well as to develop the competence to base actions upon rational, responsible
The Family and Consumer Sciences major has a seven to eight hour core of courses. Completion of this core is required of all students in the major.
In addition to the core is the basic curriculum designed to form a common body of knowledge in the field. The following courses make up this common knowledge base and all options in the major will contain one or more of these courses: FCSC 108GS, FCSC 110GS, FCSC 151GS, FCSC 200, FCSC 253, FCSC 351GS and FCSC 406.
All students majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences or taking a minor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences must complete FCSC 104, Family and Consumer Sciences Orientation, before nine (9) credit hours are completed in the department. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
All students completing a major or minor in the department will be required to earn a "C" or better grade in all courses in the major or minor. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
Human Development and Family Relationships: To present opportunities for identifying universal principles governing development in the family, encountering and analyzing a variety of theories, and studying the complex but integrated life-styles and family structures which evolve over the life span.
Clothing, Apparel and Textiles: To prepare students for a professional career in the apparel industries. Emphasis will be placed on production, pricing, promotion and distribution throughout the soft-goods chain (textile producer, apparel manufacturer and retailer).
Foods and Nutrition: To educate students for a profession responsible for the nutritional care of individuals and groups. It includes preparation for becoming a member of the American Dietetic Association.
Consumer Services, Education and Management: To provide students with a more global view of economics and management, while enhancing the interaction between themselves and their environment.
Housing, Interiors and Equipment: To provide students with a background in the physiological, sociological and economic aspects of housing and in the selection of housing, interior design, furnishings and equipment.
*Kitchen Design: To prepare students for the occupation of Kitchen Design as a certified Kitchen Designer.
Vocational Consumer and Homemaker Education: To prepare students for the occupation of homemaking and paid employment in home economics occupations. It includes preparation for certification for teaching vocational consumer homemaking at the secondary level and an occupational home economics teaching endorsement.
Four major options are available: