Family and Consumer Sciences

What is Family and Consumer Sciences?

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.  The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues.  

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).

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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:

Family Studies

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

Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Merchandising is a field encompassing careers directly related to the retailing of fashion products.


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.


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 include FCS 150 plus 18 additional 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



FCS Course Descriptions- 2014-2015 General Catalog

FCS Five-Year Plan (2013-2017)

The five-year plan includes all FCS courses planned to be offered each Fall and Spring semester from 2013-2017. This document also includes FCS courses that will possibly be offered during the summer semesters.