All Family and Consumer Sciences majors complete a curriculum composed of courses in general education, family and consumer sciences core, and a selected program option (Dietetics; Apparel & Textiles, Financial Literacy, Hospitality, and Merchandising Option; or Family Services). The program is designed to prepare students for a variety of public and private organizations related to dietetics, financial literacy, family services, hospitality management, textiles and apparel, and merchandising.
I. Criteria for Admission to the School of Family and Consumer Science Major:
- Completion of 15 semester hours of work taken at EIU or at another institution of higher education.
- Minimum of 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
II. School of Family and Consumer Sciences Degree Requirement
To meet the requirements for a degree in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each of the following courses:
Programs and Policies
The School of Family and Consumer Sciences academic programs are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The mission of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families within the global community through education and supported by research and service. Focus areas include family interaction, living environments, human growth and development, foods and nutrition, human and material resource management, and consumer affairs.
The School of Family and Consumer Sciences through its life span perspective and with an applied, integrative focus on individual and family development, nutrition and health, consumer affairs, merchandising, and hospitality management, will prepare students to improve the global society.
Family and Consumer Sciences Majors and Minors
The School of Family and Consumer Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences degree with options and concentrations in the following areas:
- Dietetics Option
- Family and Consumer Sciences in Apparel & Textiles, Financial Literacy, Hospitality, and Merchandising Option
- Apparel & Textile Concentration (includes a minor in Print & Textile Design Technologies)
- Financial Literacy Concentration (includes a minor in Financial Literacy)
- Hospitality Concentration (includes a minor in Business Administration)
- Merchandising Concentration (includes a minor in Business Administration)
The School of Family and Consumer Sciences also offers a minor in Family and Consumer Sciences.
The School of Family and Consumer Sciences participates in the Interdisciplinary Minor in Print and Textile Design Technologies which provides students with a program of study designed to provide a knowledge base in the demanding area of digital printing technology as applied to finished products. Critical examination of design and technical skills needed to compete in multi-faceted printing markets and textile design are key components. See the Interdisciplinary Minor in Print and Textile Design Technologies for minor requirements.
The School of Family and Consumer Sciences participates in the Interdisciplinary Minor in Financial Literacy that offers an interdisciplinary course of study focusing on family financial management and economic and well-being of individuals and families. The minor allows students to enhance their careers by providing additional certifications related to financial resource management. See the Interdisciplinary Minor in Financial Literacy for minor requirements.
New transfer students who meet the above admission criteria should indicate on the application for admission to the University that they intend to major in the Family and Consumer Sciences program. No special application to the School of Family and Consumer Sciences is required. Grades received from other schools will be used in calculating the GPA for entrance into the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Further Information Contact:
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Klehm Hall 1044
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920
Linda Simpson, Interim Assistant Chairperson
Rose Myers-Bradley, Academic Advisor
Baker, M.; Bays, K.; Betz-Hamilton, A.; Brooks, L.; Burns, M.; Campanis, L.; Clark, K; Cobb, D.; Coonce, D.; Corder, C.; Crouse, J.; DiFilippo, K.; Duncan-Lane, C.; Duzan, T.; Foster, S.; Frank, J.; Franklin, D.; Hart, K.; Hartenstein, J; Harvey, A; Honselman, C.; Hubbard, M. L.; Hurt, J.; Kennedy-Hagan, K.; Magee, F; Marchlewicz, S.; Moyer, L.; Murphy, F.; Namken, S.; O’Dell, K.; Ogle, S.; O’Rourke, K.; Ozier, J.; Painter, J.; Pendergast-White, D.; Reifsteck, D.; Robinson, J.; See, J.; Schultz, A.; Shaw, K.; Sherwood, M.; Simpson, L.; Snyder, J; Steben, E; Wilkinson, R.; Woolard, A.; Yousaf, C.
Department Telephone: 217.581.6076