College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

child development student working with childrenThe Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is one of the oldest programs at North Carolina A&T. It is the only comprehensive family and consumer sciences unit on the campus of a land-grant university in North Carolina and is one of three programs in the state that is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The department offers a variety of exciting programs, including fashion merchandising and design, human nutrition (nutrition or pre-medicine equivalents), food sciences, child development and family relations, birth-to-kindergarten education and family studies, and consumer sciences. The Department of FCS offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. We also have certificate programs in family financial planning and family and consumer sciences, as well as minors in either child development and family studies or family financial planning.

The department participates in the 1890s FCS Distance Instructional Alliance, a web-based consortium of Family and Consumer Science units at other 1890 Land Grant Colleges and Universities. For more information about the 1890 FCS DIA, click here

Career opportunities that await our graduates include: technical design, retail buying, store management and merchandising, visual merchandising, food-regulation compliance and technology, food chemistry, nutrition, family planning, Cooperative Extension, family and consumer sciences education, financial planning, parent education, preschool teaching and administration.

FCS offers degrees in four program areas:

Please contact us to arrange a tour of our facilities, or to ask us about which degree in family and consumer sciences is the best fit for your career goals.


Valerie Giddings, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences 
102 Benbow Hall 
North Carolina A&T State University 
Greensboro, NC 27411 

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.