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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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FCS receives approval to train Accredited Financial Counselors

Our department has received approval from the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE®) to train Accredited Financial Counselors.

Marital Sex Myths Debunked by Research

A recent study done by family and consumer studies assistant professor Daniel Carlson shows that in marriage, it is more about quality than quantity of sex.

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Last Updated: 10/6/17