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The mission of the Family and Consumer Studies Department is to provide our students with cutting edge knowledge, critical thinking skills, and the real life opportunities needed to transform policies and improve lives through careers within the non-profit, public, and private sectors.

Family and Consumer Studies (FCS) is an interdisciplinary department where faculty and students examine how the social, economic, political, and physical environments affect families, individuals, and consumers. The teaching, research, and service done in the department focuses on expanding our understanding of how welfare of individuals, and the families in which they live, are affected by external forces and internal forces. As such, the department emphasizes applied social science research and teaching with a strong public policy orientation.


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Professor Nicholas Wolfinger gives his expert opinion regarding how a family's life is influenced by the state they live in.

Law helps infants at risk for hearing loss

Family and consumer studies professor Marissa Diener's latest study found that state-mandated testing for babies with hearing loss has increased early detection of a congenital and health-threatening infection.

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Last Updated: 3/20/17