Major to Career: Family and Consumer Science Education
The major in family and consumer sciences focuses on individuals, families, and communities from ecological and interdisciplinary perspectives. The purpose of the major is to help you understand the problems they face–especially those related to the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, and relationships–and to seek solutions. The education core prepares you to be a high school teacher.
Children and families; community service; leadership roles; helping people make decisions and solve problems; 4-H; extracurricular activities; sports; coaching; tutoring; working at summer camps; leading not following
The family and consumer sciences major is the interdisciplinary study of factors that can affect the well-being of people of all ages. As you explore a range of subjects–from social and behavioral sciences, such as child development and family relations, to applied sciences, such as food science, nutrition, and textiles–you must be open to different approaches to understand individuals, families, and communities.
The major begins with course work in the liberal arts. You then choose courses in areas such as family studies, housing, clothing and textiles, food science and nutrition, and personal/family finances and resource managements.
The information you will learn will be applied to individual and family concerns. For example, you might translate a family’s nutritional problems into strategies for selecting better diets, or you may determine how children’s developmental needs can be met in different settings, such as child care and community centers. For your last year, you will select a practicum or internship that will provide both the work experience and contacts needed in any job search. Some programs offer opportunities for international or cross-cultural internships.
In education course work you learn what to teach, how to prepare lesson and unit plans, tests, and how to meet state and national teaching standards. In methods courses, you learn how to teach. For these upper-level courses, you may spend 3-5 hours a week in local schools before you begin student teaching.
Active listening; caring/nurturing; critical reading/thinking; leadership; research; teamwork...or have...initiative; verbal skills; writing skills; creativity; organizing; persuading/influencing; patient; verbal skills; writing skills
- Human services
- Environmental design
- Culinary arts and chef training
- Fashion and apparel design
- Interior design
- Business administration and management
- Community health services
- Youth services
- Middle school education
- Special education
- ESL teacher education
- Human resources management
- Juvenile corrections
- Social work