Family and Consumer Sciences

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Dr. Nina Collins
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nina@bradley.edu

The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates for careers in public or private schools throughout the United States. All majors complete education courses, in addition to a semester of student teaching and 38 hours of FCS courses. Those courses include 18 hours of core requirements in one or more of three concentrations:

  • Nutrition
  • Wellness and Hospitality
  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Living Environments

Students in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program may meet Illinois Certification requirements for teaching home economics and family and consumer science courses in junior high and high schools. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers both a local and global focus, empowering graduates to respond to diverse and complex family and consumer issues. Family and Consumer Sciences majors may complete an international concentration. This program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Scholarships
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences selects two freshmen each year to become either the “Mildred Arnold Scholar” or the “C.C. Wheeler Scholar” with an accompanying annual scholarship of $4,000. These scholarships are renewed annually for up to four years providing the student maintains a minimum GPA of 3.00 and completes the scholarship requirements. Only students who have applied to Bradley University’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences by February 1 each year and have completed the scholarship application will receive full consideration for these prestigious awards.

Opportunities at Bradley
Students will have close interaction with faculty to gain experience with faculty members in a relevant research project. Students also participate in annual student research and creative achievement exhibitions. Outside of the classroom, Bradley Family and Consumer Sciences Education majors enjoy many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences, including:

  • Study in Europe, Chicago, and New York
  • Bradley University Fashion Focus organization
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
  • Bradley Student Dietetic Association
  • Bradley Hospitality Association

Students in the program may also become involved in campus chapters of professional organizations that relate to various programs in teacher education, including:

  • Council of Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • National Education Association (NEA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Golden Apple

Beyond Bradley
Bradley Family and Consumer Sciences Education graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate as high as 100 percent. Bradley alumni have held or currently hold positions as Family and Consumer Science Teachers and co-sponsors of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America at schools such as:

  • Morton High School
  • Round Lake School District Illinois #116
  • Township High School District Illinois #211