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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.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Carson-Newman University is to prepare professionals as servant leaders with the 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 one of four areas of specialization: child and family studies; consumer services; family and consumer sciences education; and foods, nutrition, and dietetics.


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:

  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?

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is housed in Blye-Poteat Hall and the adjacent Child Development Laboratory, both opening in 2007, feature state-of-the-art technology allowing our graduates to compete for the best jobs in the careers of their choice. Please follow the links to the left for more information on Family and Consumer Sciences majors.

Retention Rate

While our overall C-N University retention rate has increased to 69% for the Fall 2013 semester, our FCS Department retention rate is at 77%. Specifically, the retention rate for the Fall to Spring 2012-2013 AY was 93% and the Spring to Fall 2013 retention rate was 79%.

Graduation Rates

4 year graduation rate

Of the 18 freshman entering FCS the graduation rate was 56% (10) with 35% (6) graduating in a FCS major.

5 year graduation rate

Of the 13 freshman entering FCS the graduation rate was 85% (11) graduating in a FCS major.

6 year graduation rate

Of the 21 freshman entering FCS the graduation rate was 76% (16) graduating in a FCS major.

Students Passing Licensure and Certification Examinations

Praxis II Examination (http://www.ets.org/praxis/):

23 graduates (100%) sitting for the examination passed for AY 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013.

Registered Dietitian (RD) Exam (http://cdrnet.org/):

5 students (100%) sitting for the RD examination passed for AY 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012.

Note: Data for the AY 2012-2013 graduates are incomplete at this time as some are in the second year of combined internship/graduate programs while others are studying for the examination having recently completed internships.