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Built on the Christian liberal arts core, the Family and Consumer Sciences programs at Carson-Newman equip each generation to empower the next. With more than 100 years of history, the department has developed a prestigious reputation for our comprehensive range of FCS programs. Housed in Blye-Poteat Hall and the adjacent Child Development Laboratory, we feature state-of-the-art technology, equipment and facilities, preparing you to compete for the best jobs in the growing career fields of family and consumer sciences. 


Carson-Newman is the only religiously affiliated school to be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of AAFCS and the first private southeastern school to earn this accreditation.


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Accreditation Details

  • Registered Dietitian (RDN) Examination

    The three-year pass rate on first attempt for  Didactic Program in Dietetics graduates sitting for the RDN examination (2018-2020) is 50%. 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

    During the academic year 2020-2021, 20 of the 95 individual undergraduate presenters in RCPD were majors in FCS representing 21% 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 2020-2021:

    1. Alpha Chi Scholastic Honorary 1 of 46 members (2.2%)

    2. Honors Program 4 of 56 students (7.1%)

  • Retention and Graduation Rates

    For the 2015 freshmen cohort, our freshman to sophomore retention rate was 82% compared to the University’s return rate of 70%. The 150% graduation rate for the 2015 freshman cohort stands at 67% as all students in the 2015 cohort completed their degrees within the four-year time period. The University’s 150% graduation rate is 53%. Of the 2015 cohort, 33% of graduates in FCS programs graduated with honors while the overall University had 41% graduating with honors.

  • Praxis II Examination

    The five-year pass rate on the first attempt for 30 graduates sitting for the Praxis examinations (2015-2021) is 91%. For testers within one year of the first attempt, the pass rate is 85% for the same period.