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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 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 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.

Working as a child and family advocate, a retirement facility program director, or a 4-H specialist are just three potential careers for which the Family and Consumer Sciences prepares students. At Carson-Newman, the Family and Consumer Sciences major provides a generalist focus in preparation for careers that serve individuals, families, and communities in a myriad of ways. This generalist major positions students well for a variety of master’s degree programs including further study in an FCS-related area.

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

Curriculum for map for FCS

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

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