The Family and Consumer Sciences program is designed to provide the student with an interdisciplinary perspective for professional work with families and consumers. Students develop a comprehensive background while focusing on one’s specific interest(s). Graduates of the Family and Consumer Sciences program will be prepared to work in either the public or private sector environments that serve families and consumers. Students may select a minor to strengthen their general education, core and required coursework. Depending on the student’s interest, the minor may be chosen from one of the following areas: Child Development, Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, Nutrition or Gerontology. Early advisement is highly recommended.
Human Ecology students are required to maintain a “C” in each course in the Human Ecology Major Core requirements, Program Foundation Knowledge, Program Electives, and a “C” average in General Education and Supportive Course Requirements. Individual concentration areas may choose specific courses to fulfill General Education requirements. Students transferring into the department from another department or institution must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
All Human Ecology students are required to complete an out of class practical experience which can be in a form of an Internship, practicum, or research project. Each concentration has specific requirements for this out-of-classroom practical experience so students should consult with their advisors for details about this aspect of their academic preparation.
Graduates of the Family and Consumer Sciences program will be prepared to work in either the public or private sector that serves families and consumers, such as social services agencies, group home facilities, or governmental agencies. Students may select to pursue graduate studies in child and family development, education, family and consumer sciences, marriage and family therapy or related disciplines that focus on individuals, families, and communities.