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Family and Consumer Sciences - BA

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Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development

University Studies Requirements for Major

Students must complete the General Education Requirements :

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  • Two courses (for example FCHD 3210  and  ,) will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
  • One course (for example  , PSY 3010  or SOC 3120  will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Life and Physical Sciences (DSC).    will fulfill the DHA requirement and   or   will fulfill the DSC requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree Language Requirement

Bachelor of Arts Degree

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree signifies proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Specifically, the BA requirement may be completed in one of the following ways:

  1. Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language by successful completion of one course at the 2020-level or higher (or its equivalent).
  2. Demonstration of proficiency in American Sign Language by successful completion of COMD 4920  and COMD 4780 , and by passing an exit interview.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in two foreign languages by successful completion of the 1020 course level in one language and the 2010 course level in the second language (or its equivalent).
  4. Completion of an upper-division (3000-level or higher) foreign language grammar or literature course requiring the 2020 course level (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. Conversation courses cannot be considered for satisfying this requirement.

For nonnative English-speaking students only, the following options are available:

  1. Successful completion of the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program for international students.
  2. TOEFL, Michigan, or IELI placement scores high enough to meet the University admission criteria.

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.

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. The P/D+, D, F option cannot be used for courses required in the FCS major
  2. 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.
  3. Ten-year Policy. Courses which are required for the major will be accepted only if they have been completed within the last 10 years.

Pre-Major Courses (12 credits)

Major Courses (30 credits)

Select at least 6 credits from each of the following five areas:

Research Methods and Professional Development Courses (12 credits)

The following courses are required:

Practicum (6 credits)

Complete a total of 6 credits from one or both of the following:


1 Students must sign up at least three full semesters in advance in Family Life 205.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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