Department of Family & Consumer Studies


    Department Overview

    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.

    The FCS Faculty includes individuals trained in business education, demography, education, family economics, gerontology, human development and family studies, psychology, and sociology. This mix of backgrounds has helped the Department to cultivate an inter-disciplinary environment that influences faculty research and faculty services as well as our undergraduate and graduate programs.

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    Financial Justice

    FCS Prof. Robert Mayer has a new book available now. This book introduces readers to the players and follows the uncertain developmental course of the Consumer Financial Protection Board from the initial vision of Elizabeth Warren through the roller-coaster deliberations of a fractious congress, all the way to final passage. As much as anything, the story is a penetrating case history of the revitalization of citizens’ lobbying.



    Do Babies Matter?

    Do Babies Matter? By Nicholas H. Wolfinger is the first comprehensive examination of the relationship between family formation and the academic careers of men and women. The book begins with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, moves on to early and mid-career years, and ends with retirement. Individual chapters examine graduate school, how recent PhD recipients get into the academic game, the tenure process, and life after tenure. The authors explore the family sacrifices women often have to make to get ahead in academia and consider how gender and family interact to affect promotion to full professor, salaries, and retirement. Concrete strategies are suggested for transforming the university into a family-friendly environment at every career stage.



    We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe / Recuerdo, Celebracion, Y Esperanza: Latinos in Utah

    On October 25, Dr. Armando Solorzano (associate professor in FCS and Ethnic Studies) described his new book, We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe / Recuerdo, Celebracion, Y Esperanza: Latinos in Utah , as  part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival held at the downtown Salt Lake City Library.  Drawing heavily on oral histories, the book describes the history of Mexican Americas in Utah and thereby rectifies a crucial omission in the understanding of Utah’s past.


    Last Updated: 11/13/14