Child, Family, and Consumer Studies (B.S.F.C.S.)

Family and Consumer Sciences Undergraduate Curricular Requirements

This major has an interdisciplinary focus on the individual and family development, the family as an institution, and individuals and families as consumers in the market place.

The minimum credits required for graduation are 128, including at least 36 credits at the 300-level or above. Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3), completion of the C.F.C.S. core courses and one of the designated emphasis areas below.  Students who wish to graduate in Child, Family, and Consumer Sciences (CFCS) must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all required CFCS coursework.

Students are encouraged to declare a minor (i.e. Aging Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Psychology, Communications, Foreign Language, Business) or may choose to complete a secondary CFCS emphasis.

COMM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
COMM 335Intercultural Communication3
or SOC 301 Introduction to Diversity and Stratification
FCS 105Individual and Family Development3
FCS 205Concepts in Human Nutrition3
FCS 234Infancy and Early Childhood3
FCS 240Intimate Relationships3
FCS 251Survey of FCS Professions1
FCS 329History of Western Dress3
or FCS 419 Dress and Culture
FCS 334Middle Childhood-Adolescence3
FCS 340Parent-Child Relationships in Family and Community3
FCS 346Personal and Family Finance and Management4
FCS 401Professional Ethics and Practice in CFCS1
FCS 436Theories of Child and Family Development3
FCS 440Contemporary Family Relationships3
FCS 445Issues in Work and Family Life3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
STAT 251Statistical Methods3
One Social Science Research course (3-4 cr):
ORGS 444Methods and Analysis in Organizational Science4
PSYC 218Introduction to Research in the Behavioral Sciences4
SOC 416Qualitative Social Science Methods3
SOC 417Social Data Analysis3

The minimum credits required for graduation are 128, including at least 36 credits at the 300-level or above. Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3) and one of the following options:

A. Child Development and Family Relations Emphasis

The Child Development and Family Relations emphasis prepares students with a comprehensive understanding of child and youth development and family dynamics, based on theory and supported by research and professional practices. Careers include opportunities to provide direct services to children, youth and families such as teaching in early learning environments, working in diverse programs that offer support and teach skills to youth, serving as advocates for children and families, and providing parent education. The CDFR Emphasis allows students to develop individualized programs to meet personal and career goals.

EDSP 300Educating for Exceptionalities3
FCS 235Principles and Methods of Child Observation3
FCS 333Developmental Curriculum for Young Children4
FCS 435Feeding Young Children in Group Settings1
FCS 497Internship Preschool 11-16
H&S 288First Aid: Emergency Response2
Total Hours14-29

Courses to total 128 credits for this degree.

B. Family Development across the Lifespan Emphasis

The Family Development across the Lifespan emphasis provides comprehensive preparation in family science. To equip students with dynamic, applied skills in working with and advocating for individuals, couples, and families, FDL coursework emphasizes strong foundational knowledge in and critical analysis of human development, family dynamics, and the factors that influence and contribute to healthy relationships and social interactions across the lifespan. Students may pursue course preparation for the Certified Family Life Educator certification through the National Council on Family Relations. In addition to offering an excellent springboard toward the pursuit of a graduate degree this Emphasis offers career preparation for jobs in human service organizations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and business firms.

FCS 123Textiles3
FCS 360Sexuality Across the Lifespan3
FCS 428Housing America's Families3
FCS 431Certified Family Life Educator Methodology3
FCS 434Adulthood and Aging within the Context of Family3
FCS 486Nutrition in the Life Cycle3
FCS 498Internship3-9
ID 443Universal Design3
Total Hours24-30

Courses to total 128 credits for this degree

C. Personal and Family Finance Emphasis

The Personal and Family Finance emphasis provides specialized preparation in personal finance and real estate. Upon completion of coursework, students are prepared to take the Accredited Financial Counselor exam and the Certified Housing Counselor exam. Career opportunities include jobs in military installations, the financial industry, real estate companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and business firms.

FCS 146Adulting: Life, Love & Money3
FCS 428Housing America's Families3
FCS 446Financial Counseling and Debt Management3
FCS 448Consumer Economic Issues3
FCS 468Real Estate Management3
FCS 498Internship3-9
ORGS 155Financial Literacy3
Total Hours21-27

Courses to total 128 credits for this degree