Family and Consumer Science - BA, BS

This major prepares students for careers serving families and communities. With advanced study, students could work in areas such as consumer affairs, family therapy, human services, financial advising, parenting education and library science. The course work will provide students with a broad base in all aspects of family and consumer science. A student’s choice of concentration within the major will provide the focus for her intended career. Areas of concentration could include early childhood family education (ECFE), business, journalism, communications, psychology, sociology, textiles/apparel or foods/nutrition.

If students choose to complete a major in family and consumer science with a grades 5-12 teaching licensure, they will be prepared to teach at the middle school and secondary levels in areas such as family life, parenting, money management, consumerism, housing and interior design, as well as traditional areas of food, nutrition and clothing. Students completing the family and consumer science major and education course sequences meet the requirements for Minnesota licensure in family and consumer science education as prescribed by the Minnesota Department of Education.

See also: Education - Family and Consumer Science with Grades 5-12 Teaching Licensure

This major is offered in the College for Women only.


FACS 3350Child in the Family4
FACS 3360Parenting Education 12
FACS 3650Personal and Family Financial Management4
FACS 3700Interior Design/Housing 14
FACS 4000WManagement Approach to Family Systems 14
FACS 4604Internship4
FASH 2050Textiles with Lab4
FASH 2100Apparel Construction and Analysis4
or FASH 2150W Sociocultural Aspects of Dress
FSNU 2300Nutrition Foundations4
FSNU 2900Food Science4
FSNU 4270Current Issues in Foods and Nutrition4
Total Credits42
Required Supporting Courses
CHEM 1010General Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab4
INDI 2000Career Development for Women2
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology2-4
or PSYC 2026 Lifespan Development: Theory and Methods, Conception/Prenatal Development to Middle Childhood
SOCI 3210Family, Identity and Inequality4
THEO 3850WHuman Sexuality: Theological and Spiritual Explorations4
or BIOL 1120 Biology of Women with Lab
Three upper division courses in one area of concentration12
Total Credits32-34

 Courses offered alternate years.

Family and consumer and science majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing FACS 4000W Management Approach to Family Systems. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and one other writing intensive course in this or another department).