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Dr. Abel Waithaka, Program Coordinator
(330) 941-2635

The family and consumer studies program is 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 can create a unique program that reflects their career interests or graduate school goals. Students find employment in a variety of community agencies and businesses related to their areas of study.

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 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 Requirements
Core Compentencies
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Quantitative Reasoning
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences (2 courses, one must include a lab)7
Social Science (3 courses)9
Introduction to Sociology
Economics in Action
Principles 1: Microeconomics
General Psychology
Social and Personal Awareness6
Normal Nutrition
Lifespan Development
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
Required Courses (36 s.h.)
HMEC 1550Human Ecology Professions1
FNUT 1512Food Safety and Sanitation1
FNUT 1553Food Science and Management Principles3
FNUT 1553LFood Science and Management Principles Laboratory1
MRCH 1506Clothing and Image Development3
CHFM 2633Early Childhood: Integrating Development and Education3
CHFM 3731Individual and Family Development3
CHFM 3750Parent and Professional Relationships3
CHFM 3718Family Law3
HMEC 3780Consumer Economics3
HMEC 4852Family Resource Management3
HMEC 4890Communication of Contemporary Issues3
HMEC 5893Work and Family3
HMEC 5892Community Programming in Human Ecology3
Professional Education Curriculum (36 s.h.)
FOUN 1501Introduction to Education3
FOUN 3708Education and Society3
PSYC 3709Psychology of Education3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society3
SED 3706Principles of Teaching Adolescents3-5
TERG 3711Reading Application in Content Areas, Secondary Years3
Education Block Curriculum
FOUN 3710Educational Assessment3
HMEC 4800Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences3
Student Teaching Curriculum
SED 4842Supervised Student Teaching: High School10
SED 4842AStudent Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education2
Select 5 s.h. of Department Electives (Courses with prefixes CHFM, HMEC, FNUT, HMGT, MRCH)
HMGT 1500Introduction to Hospitality Industry3
MRCH 2625The World of Fashion3
MRCH 1510Apparel Evaluation3
MRCH 3764Family Housing and Technology3
CHFM 3770Wellness During the Early Childhood Years3
FNUT 5862Food and Culture2
MRCH 3740LComputer Applications for Textiles & Apparel Lab3
HMGT 4846Event Management3
HMEC 4875Directed Individual Study1-3

 A variety of MATH courses satisfies the MATH GE requirement. See your advisor for the correct one if not noted.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1S.H.
HMEC 1550 Human Ecology Professions 1
First-Year Experience Elective 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
Natural Science with Lab 4
FNUT 1551 Normal Nutrition 3
 Semester Hours29
Year 2
FOUN 1501 Introduction to Education 3
SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 3
FNUT 1512 Food Safety and Sanitation 1
FNUT 1553 Food Science and Management Principles 3
FNUT 1553L Food Science and Management Principles Laboratory 1
MRCH 1506 Clothing and Image Development 3
CHFM 3731 Individual and Family Development 3
Arts and Humanities 3
Arts and Humanities 3
Natural Science 3
ECON 1501
Economics in Action
or Principles 1: Microeconomics
 Semester Hours29
Year 3
HMEC 3780 Consumer Economics 3
HMEC 4852 Family Resource Management 3
FOUN 3708 Education and Society 3
FOUN 3710 Educational Assessment 3
SED 3706 Principles of Teaching Adolescents 3
TERG 3711 Reading Application in Content Areas, Secondary Years 3
PSYC 3709 Psychology of Education 3
PSYC 3755 Child Development 3
PSYC 3758 Lifespan Development 3
CHFM 3750 Parent and Professional Relationships 3
CHFM 3718 Family Law 3
 Semester Hours33
Year 4
HMEC 4890 Communication of Contemporary Issues 3
HMEC 5893 Work and Family 3
HMEC 5892 Community Programming in Human Ecology 3
HMEC 4800 Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences 3
SED 4842 Supervised Student Teaching: High School 10
SED 4842A Student Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education 2
Elective 3
Elective 2
 Semester Hours29
 Total Semester Hours120