Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Family and Consumer Sciences Major

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Degree Type Offered: B.S. Major

Students must complete 21 credits of core courses and 18 credits from one of the two tracks (Human Development and Family Studies or Family and Consumer Sciences Education). Consists of 39 credit hours distributed as follows:

Core Courses

(21 Credits)

FCS-110 Introduction to Family & Consumer Sciences Professions

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

An introduction to the history of Family and Consumer Sciences with consideration of family strengths and weaknesses and internal dynamics of families. Emphasis placed on knowledge of the use of critical science and creative skills to address problems in diverse family community and work environments. Exploration of the field of Family and Consumer Sciences, career planning and knowledge of occupational skill development.

FCS-319 Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Students will examine family and interpersonal relationships from a variety of theoretical and conceptual frameworks to gain an understanding of the changes in society relative to marriage and family. Students will engage in critical examination of issues related to families, work, and their interrelationships. Using family science theories, students will consider the contextual factors that influence the family. Emphasis placed upon the reciprocal impacts of relationships within the family and a person's relationships to individuals and society. This course focuses on family as a basic social institution, the various theoretical perspectives on the family, and provides an overview of current social scientific research on the family. The history, structure, and functions of the family will be addressed as will topics such as dating, cohabitation, marriage, parenting, family violence, and divorce. Corequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: social sciences

FCS-345 Child Development

Credits: 4 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Examine issues related to physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development of the child from conception through early adolescence. Students will develop theoretical and practical knowledge of child development concepts. Provisions are made for observing and working with preschool children. Prerequisite: junior standing

FCS-346 Adolescent Development

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Developmental changes of individuals in families throughout the adolescent years into emerging adulthood. Emphasis placed on knowledge of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social aspects of development.

FCS-408X Parent and Child Relations

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Overview of the process of parenting in diverse cultural and familial structures. Exploration of issues related to parenting at various stages of development, as well as formation of parenting goals and styles. Emphasis placed on parent-child interactions through the child rearing years. Provides an emphasis on evidence-based practices and evaluation of programming. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: experiential learning

FCS-430 Family Resource Management

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examines issues related to management process and its significance on the quality of life experienced by families with consideration of values, goals, standards, decision making and allocation of resources. Topics include development and allocation of resources, social environment influences, life cycle and family structure influences and consumer issues and decisions. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing

FCS-471 Senior Seminar

Credits: 2 Term Offered: Fall Only

This capstone course explores special topics in all family and consumer content areas. Special topics and problems are developed according to the individual's specialization and professional interests. Students synthesize research in a particular area of family and consumer sciences to complete a capstone research project.

Track 1-Human Development and Family Studies

(18 Credits)

ES-215 Research Methods

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Introduction to research process including formulating research questions, research methods, general statistical, evaluation, presentation, and research ethics. MATH-140 recommended but not required.

FCS-312X Adult Development and Aging

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examine issues related to geriatrics with emphasis on issues including historical, cultural, biological, physiological, psychological, and social contexts. Opportunities for experiential learning in residential and intermediate facilities with appropriate agencies. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: experiential learning

FCS-347 Family Law and Public Policy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Students will develop an understanding of the legal issues, policies, and law influencing the well-being of families. Topics include family and the law relating to marriage, divorce, family support, child custody, child protection and rights, family planning, social services, education, the economy religion, and public policy as it affects the family, including tax, civil rights, social security, economic support laws, and regulations.

FCS-440 Family Life Education Methodology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Critical examination of principles of the general philosophy and broad principles of family life education in conjunction with the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate such educational programs. An understanding of the character and quality of human social conduct, and the ability to critically examine ethical questions and issues as they relate to professional practice and community concerns and values.

SOC-333 Racial and Ethnic Studies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

The nature of racial relations and inequalities in American society, including their historical origins and relationship to Western capitalist development. The ethnic composition of contemporary American society, impact of legal and illegal immigration patterns, dynamics of modern structures and institutions, the Civil Rights Movement, inter-ethnic conflicts and attitudes, multiculturalism and status of affirmative action are analyzed in the context of national and global social change. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and SOC-101 FILA general education: global dynamics


SOC-232 Cultural Studies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

An introduction to the theories and concepts in the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies, with special emphasis on the political economy and identity politics of contemporary American college campuses. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350


COMM-334 Intercultural Communication

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Theoretical and practical survey of intercultural communication processes. Examines intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, and mass media dimensions of intercultural communication. The course specifically focuses on the distinctive cultural behaviors, expectations, values and power dynamics that affect our abilities to communicate effectively and people from diverse cultures. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics

One additional FCS course based on career goals

Track 2-Family and Consumer Sciences Education

(18 Credits)

FCS-240 Foundations of Human Nutrition

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Basic nutrition concepts, nutrition needs throughout the life cycle, and current nutrition issues.

FCS-307 Food Science & Safety

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Investigation of the scientific principles involved in basic cookery with emphasis on quality characteristics and product evaluation. Structure, composition and nutritive value of foods are studied, as well as food selection, storage, preparation, processing and meal management techniques. Food safety and an ecological approach to food selection and preparation is emphasized. Instruction requires two class meetings per week and one three-hour lab.

FCS-321 Fundamentals of Housing

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examine the management of the decision-making processes related to housing, furnishings, and equipment for individuals and families with attention given to special needs and the diversity of individuals.

FCS-340 Fashion, Apparel and Textiles

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Emphasis on factors influencing fashion including the sociological, psychological and physiological aspects of clothing and basic construction of clothing.

FCS-420 Occupation Program Management

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Instructional practice, management and evaluation appropriate for the secondary Family and Consumer Sciences classroom. Laws governing vocational education, its management and guidance and its relationship to state and national programs is considered. Emphasis on organizing and implementing a FCCLA program into classroom instruction. Offered alternate years

FCS-425 Family Economics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Principles of economic systems in relation to standards in selection of goods and services and sources of reliable consumer information. Prerequisites: ECON-200 or ECON-210 or permission of instructor

For students wishing to pursue Teacher Education endorsement, admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) is required. The following TEP requirements apply:

Secondary (6-12) Education Licensure

Education course requirements for teacher candidates must be completed (EDUC 140, 200, 215, 334, 372, 380X, 412, 452 and 470 in 6-12 classroom).

Must complete Praxis II in Family and Consumer Sciences content area