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; Fashion Merchandising and Design, Financial Literacy, and Hospitality Option; or Family Services). The program is designed to prepare students for a variety of public and private organizations related to dietetics, fashion merchandising and design, financial literacy, family services, and hospitality managemen.
I. Criteria for Admission to the School of Family and Consumer Science Major:
- Completion of 15 semester hours of course 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:
- FCS 2500 - Foundational Focus of Family and Consumer Sciences. Credits: 3
- FCS 3500 - Orientation to Family and Consumer Sciences Internship. Credits: 3
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) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The National Council on Family Relations recognizes the Family Services option as an undergraduate degree program with course work that includes content covering ten family life education content areas required for approval of graduates as provisionally Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE).
The mission of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences is to prepare students to empower individuals, strengthen families, and enable communities within the global environment through an integrated focus on individual and family development, nutrition and dietetics, financial literacy, merchandising, apparel and textile design, and hospitality management. The educational purpose is enhanced by high impact integrative learning experiences.
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 Fashion Merchandising and Design, Financial Literacy, and Hospitality Option
- Fashion Merchandising and Design Concentration (includes a minor in Marketing)
- Financial Literacy Concentration (includes a minor in Financial Literacy)
- Hospitality Management Concentration (includes a minor in Business Administration or Entrepreneurship)
The School of Family and Consumer Sciences also offers minors in Family and Consumer Sciences, and Fashion Merchandising and Design.
The School of Family and Consumer Sciences participates in the Interdisciplinary Minor in Aging Studies that offers an interdisciplinary course of study focusing on specialized needs and interests of aging individuals and their families, caregivers, and professional service programs. The Aging Studies minor offers students the opportunity to gain expertise on the holistic process of aging and developmentally appropriate and responsive professional practice related to health, family support, public policy, and socio-cultural issues. See the Interdisciplinary Minor in Aging Studies 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 1046
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920
Melanie Tracy Burns, Interim Chairperson
Rose Myers-Bradley, Academic Advisor
Andrade, J; Bowers, J.; Brooks, L.; Burns, M.; Coonce, D.; Frank, J.; Hugo, N.; Hurt, J.; Kennedy-Hagan, K.; Lord, J.; Murphy, F.; O’Rourke, K.; Reifsteck, D.; Shaw, K.; Sherwood, M.; Simpson, L.; Wilkinson, R.; Yousaf, C.
Department Telephone: 217.581.6076