Family & 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.

Ready For Anything

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 & 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 & 311 Community Program Planning & Evaluation - 6 hrs.
    or FCS 346 Resource Management - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 442 Foundations of FCS - 3 hrs.

Required Professional Work Experience (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • FCS 460 Family and Consumer Sciences Practicum - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 461 Practicum in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics - 3 hrs.
  • EHS 301 Cooperative Education Internship - 0-3 hrs.

Elective Foods & Nutrition Courses (choose two) - 5-8 hrs.

  • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 203 School Health Promotion - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 304 Sports and Exercise Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 306 Community Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 309 Investigation of Food Topics - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 405 Food Service Systems - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 406 Issues and Trends in Foods and Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 407 Nutritional Assessment - 2 hrs.
  • FCS 408 Management in Food Service - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 410 Advanced Nutrition - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 411 Medical Nutrition Therapy I - 4 hrs.

Elective Clothing & Textiles Courses (choose two) - 4-6 hrs.

  • FCS 131 The Fashion Industry - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 133 Apparel Production - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 231 Pattern Making - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 233 Consumer Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 235 Apparel Product, Development and Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 330 Fashion Merchandising - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 331 Fashion Merchandising Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • FCS 332 Advanced Clothing Construction - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 333 Advanced Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 334 Visual Merchandising and Promotion - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 338 The World of Fashion I - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 433 Issues and Trends in Apparel and Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 438 Global Trends in Apparel and Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 536 The World of Fashion II - 3 hrs.

Elective Human Ecology Courses (choose two) - 6 hrs.

  • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
  • *FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 357 Housing and Interior Design - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 359 Applied Projects in Interior Design - 3 hrs.

Elective Child/Family Courses (choose two) - 5-6 hrs.

  • FCS 307 Life Cycle Nutrition - 2 hrs.
  • FCS 341 Human Development Through the Lifespan - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 342 Child Development Laboratory - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 440 Family Relations - 3 hrs.

*FCS Core Requirement