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Family and Consumer Sciences

The family and consumer sciences major is a degree you can shape for your interest in family studies, child development, wellness, food service, nutrition, clothing and textiles, or housing and design.

Preparing You For Success

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Courses and service learning and research projects in family and child development, nonprofit management, nutrition and hospitality, consumer issues, or clothing and textiles
  • Opportunities to work with families and children of diverse backgrounds at organizations such as Crittenton Centers, Common Place, Family House and OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois
  • Kappa Omicron Nu (KONu) national honor society membership, involvement or leadership roles; KONu recognizing excellence in family and consumer sciences
  • Illinois Council on Family Relations student membership and conference attendance

Additionally, you’re encouraged to add a minor that complements your career goals. FCS students often add minors in sociology, leadership studies or professional writing.

Making Your Mark

FCS majors may become family life or child educators, nonprofit leaders, program coordinators or wellness professionals. You can enter the workforce after graduation or pursue a graduate degree in a field such as nonprofit leadership, human development counseling, education or business management.

Recent graduates own their own nonprofits, work in child and family development and are employed by the U.S. Air Force, Kraft Foods and Nordstrom. Graduates also have attended graduate school at Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Iowa.

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