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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.

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.

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 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?

Retention Rates

While our overall C-N University retention rate stands at 69.7% for the Fall 2013 to Fall 2014 semesters, our FCS Department retention rate is 80%. More specifically, the retention rate for the Fall 2014 to Spring 2015 AY is 82.6%

Graduation Rates

For the 2009 freshmen cohort, our 150% graduation rate stands at 66.7%.
Of those who graduated from an FCS program, 83% did so within 4 years.
30% of graduates in FCS programs graduated with honors.

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

28 graduates (100%) sitting for the examination passed for AY 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015.

Registered Dietitian (RD) Examination (http://eatright.org/):

Five year pass rate on first attempt for 11 DPD graduates sitting for the RD examination (2010-2014) is 82%. For testers within one year of the first attempt, the pass rate is 100% for the same period.

Students Participating in C-N University Research, Creativity and Performance Day

Over the past 5 years (2011-2015) an average of 23 students participating annually in RCP Day have been from majors in FCS representing approximately 9% of the University participants.

FCS Majors Involvement in Honoraries

Majors in the FCS Department constitute the following members (percentage) in C-N honoraries for 2014-2015:

1. Alpha Chi 5 of 71 members (7.0%)

2. Alpha Lambda Delta 2 of 31 members (6.4%)

3. Mortar Board 1 of 16 members (6.3%)

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