Family and Consumer Sciences
The Child, Family and Consumer Sciences Department offers several choices within the
Family and Consumer Sciences Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Courses focus on individual and family development through the life cycle with analysis
of the forces affecting personal and family development and relationships (See the
General Catalog). The Family Science Emphasis provides an academic and professional background for
work with children, adults, couples, and families, and was developed to correspond
with the suggested content areas outlined by the National Council on Family Relations
(NCFR). Professional and career possibilities include: Certified Family Life Educator;
parent educator; family life educator in private, non-profit, government, or business
settings; coordinator for public policy issues affecting children and families; research
facilitator for projects focusing on children, adolescents, and families; supervisor
of curriculum and resource development in family life education; bereavement counselor;
consultant to work with military families; and working in ministry settings.
Courses (See the General Catalog) focus on preparing students with basic knowledge of product, consumer, and industry, as well as fashion merchandising skills for a large variety of careers related to developing, buying, presenting, and selling fashion goods. Some job opportunities include retail buyers, merchandisers, product developers, fashion consultants, as well as other positions in today's competitive and global environment.