Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Family and Consumer Studies, Consumer Studies Track

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 Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS) 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.

For more information, contact Dr. Abel Waithaka or visit the Department of Human Ecology in Cushwa Hall 3325.

This program will no longer accept new majors beginning in spring 2020.

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirement
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences6
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
Healthy Lifestyles
Normal Nutrition
Major Requirements
CHFM 3731Individual and Family Development3
MRCH 3764Family Housing and Technology3
HMEC 15501
HMEC 37803
HMEC 4836Internship3
HMEC 48903
HMEC 48523
HMEC 4876Undergraduate Research2
PSYC 2617Research Methods for Psychology3
or FNUT 4802 Research Methods in Dietetics
HMEC 48772
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 Electives - select 5 courses from the following - at least 9 s.h. upper division15
Introduction to Hospitality Industry
Apparel Evaluation
The World of Fashion
Computer Applications for Textiles & Apparel Lab
Family Housing and Technology
Family Law
Wellness During the Early Childhood Years
Event Management
Food and Culture
and Food and Cultures Laboratory
HMEC 5892
Electives to meet program requirement of 120 total hours14
Total Semester Hours120-121

Contact your program director for guidance in choosing a minor. Good matches with FCS are Non-Profit Leadership, General Psychology, Interpersonal Communications, Public Health, and Women and Gender studies, but many other minors are available 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500 Success Seminar 1
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
HMEC 1550 1
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
Natural Science Elective 3
 Semester Hours14
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
MRCH 3705 Fashion Textiles 3
Arts and Humanities Elective 3
Department Elective 3
Course in Minor 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
Course in Minor 3
Course in Minor 3
 Semester Hours15
HMEC 3780 3
PSYC 2617 Research Methods for Psychology 3
CHFM 3731 Individual and Family Development 3
Department Elective 3
Minor Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
HMEC 4890 3
HMEC 4876 Undergraduate Research 2
Course in Minor 3
Department Elective 3
Other Electives 3
 Semester Hours14
HMEC 4836 Internship 3
HMEC 4852 3
Course in Minor 3
Other Electives 3
HMEC 4877 2
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours119

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.