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Dr. Abel Waithaka
Program Coordinator

The Family Studies and Consumer Studies tracks are designed to provide an in-depth understanding of individuals and families across the life span, and to prepare students to work in agencies serving children, families, and consumers. Students may create a unique program that reflects their career interests or graduate school goals or find employment in a variety of community agencies and businesses related to their areas of study. The Family and Consumer Studies degree prepares the student to obtain CFCS (Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences) certification.

The Family and Consumer Sciences Instructor track prepares students to teach in educational programs, grade four through adult levels, and meets the course requirements for the Family and Consumer Sciences Career/Technical Teaching License required in Ohio's schools. The track includes 100 hours of supervised field work and one semester of student teaching in a secondary school. Graduates will be required to pass the State examination for teachers in order to receive a teaching license.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates in the family and consumer studies major will be able to:

  • Use family science research and human systems theory to describe the internal dynamics of families and the interrelationships of individuals and families with their environments.
  • Identify factors that influence human development across the life span.
  • Apply appropriate technologies, critical-thinking, research methods, and communication skills to address significant family and consumer issues.
  • Use concepts of resource development, management, and sustainability to evaluate individual, family, and community resource allocation practices.
  • Analyze ethical questions that affect families and consumers.
  • Relate to others with concern and respect for diversity of family forms, cultural variations among families, and individual differences.
  • Follow professional and ethical standards in professional practice settings.
  • Evaluate public policies that impact the well-being of individuals, families, consumers, and communities.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs serving children, families, and consumers.

For more information, visit Family and Consumer Studies.

General Education Requirement
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences6
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective / First-Year Elective3
Major Requirements
PHLT 1568Healthy Lifestyles3
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition3
CHFM 3731Individual and Family Development3
MRCH 3764Family Housing and Technology3
HMEC 1550Human Ecology Professions1
HMEC 3780Consumer Economics3
HMEC 4836Internship3
HMEC 4890Communication of Contemporary Issues3
HMEC 4852Family Resource Management3
PSYC 2617Research Methods and Statistics 14
or FNUT 4802 Research Methods in Dietetics
HMEC 4876Undergraduate Research2
HMEC 4877Research Capstone2
Consumer Studies Option
MRCH 3705Fashion Textiles3
MRCH 3730Social Psychology of Clothing and Appearance3
FNUT 1553
Food Science and Management Principles
and Food Science and Management Principles Laboratory
Department Electives15
Electives to reach 120 total hours (6 s.h.)6
Total Semester Hours124

Course List

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
HMEC 1550 Human Ecology Professions 1
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
Elective 3
Natural Science Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
FNUT 1551 Normal Nutrition 3
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
Natural Science + Lab 4
Department Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
FNUT 1553
Food Science and Management Principles
and Food Science and Management Principles Laboratory
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Arts and Humanities Elective 3
Social and Personal Awareness Elective 3
Department Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
ECON 2610
Principles 1: Microeconomics
or Economics in Action
Arts and Humanities Elective 3
MRCH 3705 Fashion Textiles 3
Department Elective 3
Minor Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
MRCH 3730 Social Psychology of Clothing and Appearance 3
MRCH 3764 Family Housing and Technology 3
PSYC 3758 Lifespan Development 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Semester Hours15
HMEC 3780 Consumer Economics 3
PSYC 2617 Research Methods and Statistics 1 4
CHFM 3731 Individual and Family Development 3
Department Elective (HMEC 5892 recommended) 3
Minor Course 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
HMEC 4890 Communication of Contemporary Issues 3
HMEC 4876 Undergraduate Research 2
Minor Course 3
Department Elective 3
University Electives 3
 Semester Hours14
HMEC 4836 Internship 3
HMEC 4852 Family Resource Management 3
Minor Course 3
University Elective 3
HMEC 4877 Research Capstone 2
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours122