Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences seeks to empower individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. Our unique focus is on families and work and their interrelationships.

Our mission is to prepare students for family life, work life and careers in family and consumer sciences by providing opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed for:

  • Strengthening the well-being of individuals and families across the life span,
  • Becoming responsible citizens and leaders in family, community and work settings,
  • Promoting optimal nutrition and wellness across the life span,
  • Managing resources to meet the material needs of individuals and families,
  • Balancing personal, home, family, and work lives,
  • Using critical and creative thinking skills to address problems in diverse family, community, and work environments,
  • Successful life management, employment, and career development,
  • Functioning effectively as providers and consumers of goods and services,
  • Appreciating human worth and accepting responsibility for one’s actions and success in family and work life.

Academic Programs

Students majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences choose from among four emphasis areas:

  • Child Development,
  • Foods and Nutrition,
  • General Family & Consumer Sciences.

As you earn a degree in Family & Consumer Sciences, you will have the advantage of being in a department where the student/teacher ratio is low. This will enable you to receive more individualized help with your coursework. The faculty is also better able to give you more personalized counseling to assist you in achieving your career goals.


Teresa Geisler
Deborah Piland


Career opportunities in family and consumer sciences are diverse and found in business, education, government, and human services. A few examples include:

Financial planner
Child life specialist 
Extension specialist 
Business owner 
WIC nutritionist 
Parent educator 
Fashion buyer 
Retail store manager 
Fashion/bridal consultant 
Restaurant owner
Residential/commercial interior designer
Child care center director 
Social welfare worker 
Research scientist 
Food stylist or photographer 
Sales marketing representative 
Real Estate Agent
Elder care provider 
Food product tester 
Restoration consultant

Also, see dietetics.

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