Jan 20, 2020
Family and Consumer Sciences Major
The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) major is an integrative major that links the various fields within the family and consumer sciences profession and prepares the student for positions requiring interdisciplinary problem-solving skills. The Family and Consumer Sciences major prepares graduates for positions in business, local/ state/federal agencies, child care centers, youth programs, job training centers, and other related agencies.
The requirements shown below for the FCS major are effective for students beginning the degree Summer 2008 or thereafter.
Students with less than 24 semester credits may declare a premajor in FCS (PFCS). Completion of at least 24 semester credits (including FCHD 1010 , FCHD 1500 , FCHD 2400 , and FCHD 2450 ) with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is required for admission into the FCS major.
Departmental Program Requirements
The department has several regulations governing students’ academic progress:
- The P/D+, D, F option cannot be used for courses required in the FCS major
- An overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for entrance to the major. An overall GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation. A grade of C or better is required for all major coursework, including STAT 1040. A GPA of 3.0 in FCS major courses is also required for graduation.
- Ten-year Policy. Courses which are required for the major will be accepted only if they have been completed within the last 10 years.
Major Courses (30 credits)
Select at least 6 credits from each of the following five areas:
Clothing and Textiles (6 credits)
Consumer and Family Finance (6 credits)
Foods and Nutrition (6 credits)
Human Development and Family Studies (6 credits)
- FCHD 2610 - Child Guidance 3
- FCHD 3100 - Abuse and Neglect in Family Context 3 (Prereq: Sophomore standing, FCHD 1500 , FCHD 2400 )
- FCHD 3110 - Human Sexuality 3 (Prereq: Junior standing, FCHD 1500 , FCHD 2400 , CL2 fulfillment)
- FCHD 3510 - Infancy and Early Childhood 3 (Prereq: Junior standing, FCHD 1500 , FCHD 2610 )
- FCHD 3550 - Infant Lab 1 1
- FCHD 3520 - Children in the Middle Years 3 (Prereq: Junior standing, FCHD
1500 , FCHD 2610 )
- FCHD 3560 - Middle Childhood Lab 1 1
- FCHD 3530 - Adolescence 3 (Prereq: Junior standing, FCHD
- FCHD 3540 - Adult Development and Aging 3 (Prereq: Junior standing and FCHD
- FCHD 4220 - Family Crises and Interventions 3 (Prereq: Junior standing, FCHD 2400 )
- FCHD 4230 - Family and Social Policy 3 (Prereq: Junior standing, FCHD 2400 )
- FCHD 4240 - Social and Family Gerontology 3 (Prereq: Junior standing, FCHD 2400 , FCHD 3540 )
- FCHD 4550 - Preschool Methods and Curriculum 3 (Prereq: Junior standing, FCHD 1500 )
Interior Design (6 credits)
Research Methods and Professional Development Courses (12 credits)
The following courses are required:
Choose one of the following:
Choose one of the following:
Practicum (6 credits)
Complete a total of 6 credits from one or both of the following:
1 FCHD 3550 must be taken concurrently with FCHD 3510 . FCHD 3560 must be taken concurrently with FCHD 3520 .
2 Enrollment in FCHD 4950 is limited to only FCS majors who have received prior approval from the Practicum Coordinator. Prior to enrollment, students must have achieved junior standing, and must have completed a total of at least 30 FCHD credits, a Communications Intensive (CI) course, and an ethics course. Practicum application deadlines are as follows: February 15 for fall semester, June 15 for spring semester, and October 15 for summer semester.
3 Students must sign up at least three full semesters in advance in Family Life 205.