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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Carson-Newman. We are proud of the reputation this program has achieved over the last century.The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is housed in Blye-Poteat Hall and the adjacent Child Development Laboratory, both featuring state-of-the-art technology allowing our graduates to compete for the best jobs in the careers of their choice. Please follow the links below for more information on Family and Consumer Sciences majors.

Child and Family Studies and Early Childhood Education
Consumer Services

Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Fashion Merchandising and Design

Foods and Nutrition Major and Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

Interior Design

Pictured above: The 2017 FCS graduates - Carson-Newman Graduate Luncheon
from left clockwise: Taylor Dixon, Kayci Long, Rhett Lawson, Irina Searle,
First Lady Kay O'Brien, Dr. Paul Percy, Dr. Kitty Coffey, Dr. Kim Johnson,
Emily Wood, Emily Collins
Graduates not shown: Kaitlyn Cupples, Second Leutinant Nick Guerra,
Katy Dixon

Mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences: to prepare professionals as servant leaders with abilities to empower individuals, strengthen families, and enable communities in a changing and diverse global environment. The unit provides an integrative, holistic, rigorous undergraduate education in a caring and nurturing Christian liberal arts setting through nine areas of specialization: child and family studies, consumer services, dietetics, early childhood education, family and consumer sciences, family and consumer sciences education, fashion merchandising and design, foods and nutrition, and interior design.

Faith and Learning Questions

Do Christians have a unique and greater responsibility to be good stewards of the gifts our Creator has bestowed upon us through:

1. our relationships - both families and those within our communities in which we live and serve?
2. our bodies?
3. our financial resources?
4. our environmental resources?

Pictured above: Dr. Kimberly Johnson accepts the 2016 Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award from Dr. Christine Jones, Director of QEP, at the Twin Pillars Banquet on April 7.

Retention Rates
While our overall C-N University retention rate stands at 70% for the Fall 2016 to Fall 2017 semesters, our FCS Department retention rate is 75%. More specifically, the retention rate for the Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 AY is 83%.

Graduation Rates
For the 2011 freshmen cohort, our 150% graduation rate stands at 64% while the University’s is 46%. Of those who graduated from an FCS program, 57% did so within 4 years while the University’s 4-year graduation rate is 37%. Of the 2011 cohort, 36% of graduates in FCS programs graduated with honors while the overall University had 44% graduating with honors.

Praxis II Examination (http://www.ets.org/praxis/):
Five year pass rate on first attempt for 25 graduates sitting for the Praxis examination (2012-2016) is 68%. For testers within one year of the first attempt, the pass rate is 87.5% for the same period.

Registered Dietitian (RD) Examination (http://eatright.org/):
Five year pass rate on first attempt for 15 Didactic Program in Dietetics graduates sitting for the RD examination (2012-2016) is 86.7%. For testers within one year of the first attempt, the pass rate is 100% for the same period.

Pictured above: Lindsay Miesel, 2009 graduate of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics received the 2016 Outstanding Young Dietitian of the Year from the Knoxville District Dietetic Association at their May 4 Awards Reception. Presenting the award to Mrs. Miesels is Debbie Fox, Clinical Nutrition Manager of Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Students Participating in C-N University Research, Creativity and Performance Day
This past academic year 2016-2017, 37 of the 163 individual undergraduate presenters in RCPD were majors in FCS representing 22.7% of the combined University undergraduate participants.

Membership in Honoraries
Majors in the FCS Department constitute the following percentages of membership in C-N honoraries for 2016-2017:

1. Alpha Chi Scholastic Honorary 4 of 87 members (4.4%)
2. Honors Program 3 of 87 students (3.4%)

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