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Family and Consumer Sciences

The family and consumer sciences (FCS) major teaches you the necessary skills to work in various settings and roles, including social services, extension services, family intervention support services, community education, government agencies and family wellness services. Based on the standards set by the National Council on Family Relations and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the required coursework helps prepare you to take the Certified Family Life Educator exam. A required minor allows you to develop extra expertise in a field that complements your career goals.

Preparing You For Success

Family and consumer sciences majors develop family life education skills through coursework and internships. By the time you graduate, experiences may include:

  • At least one internship in a family and consumer science setting; Students have interned for organizations such as the University of Illinois Extension, Crittenton Centers, Common Place, Family House and OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
  • Class projects in family and child development, family education, consumer issues and family relationships
  • Professional development and networking through Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) national honor society membership

Making Your Mark

A family and consumer sciences degree prepares you to enter the workforce after graduation or pursue a graduate degree in a field such as human development and family science, counseling, social work or education. FCS majors may become family life or child educators, extension program coordinators or family support professionals.

Recent Bradley graduates have pursued careers as child educators, counselors and family support specialists.

Major Requirements

Family and Consumer Sciences Core: 12-15 hrs.

  • FCS 100: Family Dynamics - 3 hrs
  • FCS 220: Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 310: Community Program Planning
    and FCS 311: Evaluation and Research Methods
    or FCS 346: FCS Resource Management - 3-6 hrs.
  • FCS 442: Foundations of FCS - 3 hrs.

Required Professional Work Experience - 0-3 hrs.

  • FCS 460: Retail Merchandising Practicum - 3 hrs.
    or EHS 301: Cooperative Education Internship - 0-3 hrs.

Required FCS courses - 26 hrs.

  • FCS 103: Food Resource Management - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 203: School Health Promotion - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 204: Family Programs Across the Lifespan - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 340: Parent Education- 3 hrs.
  • FCS 341: Human Development through the Lifespan - 3 hrs.

FCS Electives - 8-11 hrs.

  • Selected in consultation with advisor.

Required Supporting Courses - 27 hrs.

  • SOC 100: The Sociological Perspective – 3 hrs.
  • PSY 101: Principles of Psychology – 3 hrs.
  • MTH 111: Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
  • WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
    or SOC 315: Gender & Society – 3 hrs.
  • SOC 210 Sociology of Families
    or ETE 280: Exploring Diversity: Learners, Families, and Communities – 3 hrs.
  • ENC 370 Human Relations Development – Techniques – 2 hrs.
    and ENC 375: Human Relations Development Laboratory – 1 hr.

Supporting Elective Courses (choose three) - 9 hrs.

  • COM 305: The Persuasive Process - 3 hrs.
  • COM 315: Intercultural Communication Theory - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 115: The History of Education in the United States - 3 hrs.
  • HS 380: Disability and Health in a Global Society - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 163: Health of the School Age Child - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 219: Women and Health - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 220: Alcohol: Use and Abuse - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 221: Substance Abuse - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 353: Aging: A Life Experience - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 201: Brain and Behavior - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 245: Stress and Resilience - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 309: Human Sexuality - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 212: Sociology of Diversity - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 311: Comparative Family Systems - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 312: Social Inequality - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 332: Juvenile Delinquency - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 342: Social Policy - 3 hrs.
  • SW 354: Human Behavior in the Social Environment I - 3 hrs.
  • SW 355: Social Welfare Policy - 3 hrs.

Required Minor - 18 hrs.

  • There are many options on campus that students can choose from that would align with a variety of family studies professions that would advance a student’s expertise, such as Sociology, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Health.

Open Elective Courses - 14 hrs.

  • Selected in consultation with advisor.

Contact Information

Jackie Hogan

Associate Professor Rachel Vollmer

Family and Consumer Sciences Program Director

    Bradley Hall 03
    (309) 677-4182
   rvollmer@bradley.edu