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

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

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 an 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.

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

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

General Education Requirement
Core Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3
Knowledge Domains
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)6
Natural Sciences (2 courses; 1 with lab) (6-7 s.h.)7
Social Science (6 s.h.)
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition3
PHLT 1568Healthy Lifestyles3
HAHS 1500 (First Year Experience course)2
Major Requirements
ECON 2610Principles 1: Microeconomics3
or ECON 1501 Economics in Action
CHFM 3731Individual and Family Development3
MRCH 3764Family Housing and Technology3
HMEC 15501
HMEC 37803
HMEC 4836Internship3
HMEC 48903
HMEC 48523
PSYC 2617Research Methods for Psychology3
HMEC 4876Undergraduate Research2
HMEC 48772
Family Studies Option
HMEC 58933
CHFM 3750Families, Communities and Schools3
PHLT 2692Human Sexuality3
PSYC 3755Child Development3
Department Electives16
May include course with CHFM, FNUT, HMEC, MRCH or HMGT prefix if pre-requisites are met
Electives to meet 120 total hours (6 s.h.)6
Total Semester Hours120-121
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
HMEC 1550 1
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
PHLT 1568 Healthy Lifestyles (Permit required, see advisor) 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
HAHS 1500 2
 Semester Hours15-16
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
PHLT 2692 Human Sexuality 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Arts and Humanities Elective 3
Department Elective 3
Natural Science Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
ECON 2610
Principles 1: Microeconomics
or Economics in Action
Arts and Humanities Elective 3
PSYC 3755 Child Development 3
Department Elective 3
Minor Course 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
CHFM 3750 Families, Communities and Schools 3
MRCH 3764 Family Housing and Technology 3
PSYC 3758 Lifespan Development 3
HMEC 4875 Directed Individual Study 2
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Semester Hours17
HMEC 3780 3
CHFM 3731 Individual and Family Development 3
PSYC 2617 Research Methods for Psychology 3
Minor Course 3
Department Elective 2
 Semester Hours14
Year 4
HMEC 5893 3
HMEC 4890 3
HMEC 4876 Undergraduate Research 2
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours14
HMEC 4836 Internship 3
HMEC 4852 3
Minor Course 3
University Elective 3
HMEC 4877 2
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120-121

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.