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Family and Consumer Sciences

Mission of Family and Consumer Sciences: To provide a strong, quality undergraduate experience with the competencies necessary for individuals to compete successfully in a global and diverse marketplace in financial and consumer services, hospitality and tourism, non-profits, and government agencies; to provide pre-service teachers with the skills to empower students to manage challenges of living and working in a diverse, global, ever-changing society; to develop skills in decision making, problem solving, managing work and family, communication, technology, leadership, citizenship and workplace readiness; and to select and prepare for related careers while seeking academic excellence and Christian integrity.

With 42 hours of unrestricted electives, this major offers flexibility for the student with varied interests while still allowing “on-time” degree completion.

The FCS degree is a generalist major for the person with interest in all areas of FCS but does not wish to pursue a teaching license. Graduates with a degree in FCS have opportunities to serve individuals, families, and communities in a variety of ways. Further education includes seeking a master's degree in a specific area of FCS, a master's of arts in teaching with licensure, or even a master's in business administration.

Possible careers:

Child and Family Advocate, Corporate Health Programs Director, Elder Care, Event Management/Planning, Extension Agent, Hotel Administration, Human Services, Non-profit Manager, Policy Analyst, Research Analyst, Retirement Facility Program Director, Travel/Tourism, WIC Nutrition Counselor, 4-H specialist

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For more information or to visit the department, contact:
Heather M. Whaley, PhD, CFCS
Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences

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