Family and Consumer Sciences

What is Family and Consumer Sciences?

The mission of Southeastern's Family and Consumer Sciences program is to prepare students for professions which enhance and strengthen the well-being of individuals, families, and communities across the lifespan. Through dynamic coursework and a variety of field experiences, students develop the knowledge, skills, and professional characteristics to pursue careers or advance studies in Human Development and Family Studies, Child Life, or Nutrition Education and Promotion.

Today's FCS professionals practice in multiple settings.  They are early childhood, elementary, secondary, university/college, and Extension educators, administrators and managers, human service professionals, researchers, community volunteers, business people, and consultants who address the issues most important to our quality of life. Southeastern's FCS program is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Student Outcome Data     

Southeastern FCS Body of Knowledge       

FCS Five-Year Plan (2017-2022)

The five-year plan includes all FCS courses planned to be offered each Fall and Spring semester from 2017-2022. This document also includes FCS courses that will possibly be offered during the summer semesters.



The Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences offers 3 dynamic concentration areas that help fulfill our mission and strengthen employment opportunities for students based on their professional interests. The concentration areas include:

Child Life

Child Life prepares students to work with children and their families in the hospital setting. Certified Child Life Specialists are allied health professionals who typically work in pediatric hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation sites, hospices, and other health care settings. 


Human Development & Family Studies

The family studies concentration prepares students to enhance the lives of children and families through research, classroom instruction, and internship experiences. Careers of interest include:

  • Parenting Educator
  • Youth Program Director
  • Family Services Worker
  • Children's Services


Nutrition Education & Promotion

Nutrition is a field encompassing careers in direct sales, food and nutrition research, communications, community nutrition, nutrition education, nutrition and fitness, the food industry, and food service. Careers of interest include:

  • Food Companies
  • Community Nutrition Education


Fashion Merchandizing 

Fashion Merchandizing prepares students to work in fashion retailing.


Family and Consumer Sciences Minor

The Family and Consumer Science (FCS) minor supports student preparation for a career serving families and the community. Curriculum requirements for the minor in FCS are 18 hours of FCS courses. 

Note: Only one of the following nutrition courses can count towards the minor in FCS: FCS 224, FCS 251, or FCS 342