Family and Consumer Sciences

Consumer sciences emphasize issues in communities and the marketplace that affect individual consumers and households. There is also an interdisciplinary perspective on the various factors involved in consumerism.

Students develop knowledge of the contemporary societal issues and responsive philosophies of family and consumer sciences that help individuals and families achieve and maintain satisfying lives.

Courses span all areas of family and consumer sciences, including nutrition, human development over the lifespan, fashion merchandising and design, contemporary housing, family financial planning, insurance, residential management, and estate and retirement planning.

We offer two degrees in this discipline:

 The B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences with a Concentration in Consumer Sciences will prepare you for a profession in education, finance or human services. Our graduates find rewarding careers as financial planners, consumer educators, credit counselors, budget advisors, Cooperative Extension educators, and in banking and other professions. The curriculum in Consumer Sciences also prepares students to meet all requirements for the Family Financial Planning Certificate — a valuable professional credential.

   The M.A.T. Teaching (Family and Consumer Sciences Education) develops professional teachers for secondary schools and provides all requirements for licensure. The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Family and Consumer Sciences Education curriculum prepares you for teaching family and consumer sciences in middle and high schools, where content includes health and nutrition, parenting, child development, fashion, family financial management and interior design.

 Please contact the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences to arrange a tour of our facilities, or to find out more about a degree in consumer sciences.