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Department of Family & Consumer Studies

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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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Connect to Collect 
University's Choice as Finalist for American Dream Challenge

Congratulations to FCS Department Chair Lori Kowaleski-Jones and Norman Waitzman of Economics along with the multi-disciplinary team of Connect To Collect: Building Networks to Enhance Family Financial Wellbeing from Increased Use of Tax Credits.  Their proposal for the American Dream Ideas Challenge is one of three from the University of Utah moving on to the National Finals! 

Three teams from the University of Utah, Ohio State University, Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will pitch their ideas in hopes to move to the final round of competition summer 2020 with a chance to win up to 1 million dollars to fund the winning proposal.  

Go FCS! Go CSBS! Go Utes!


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Dr. David Curtis with the Community and Health Inequities Lab at the University of Utah is recruiting a graduate research assistant for a 20 hours/week position beginning Fall 2020. The research assistant will primarily be involved in a research project investigating the social and structural determinants of preterm birth risk among black mothers. 


New K-3 Licensure Beginning Fall 2020!
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Caitlyn Collins Speaks on How Women Manage  Careers and Caregiving

Caitlyn Collins, Assistant Professor of Sociology and of Women, Gender and Sexual Studies at the Washington University in St. Louis, spoke at the Mary Lowe Lecture Series on March 2, 2020. She discussed issues in US work-family policy. Her book, "Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving," was recently published.


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Never to Late to Go to School

Whether returning to complete a degree, beginning an advanced degree or expanding your knowledge base, it is never too late to invest in yourself!

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University of Utah FCS Department, College of Education and SLCC state the importance of understanding early childhood development for Pre-K through 3rd grade teachers. 
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 What has the FCS Family has been up to lately?  

Read the FCS Summer Semester Newsletter Here ! 

HSP Student and FCS Employee Megan Cottle Volunteers for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Providing Free Tax Assistance to Families and Individuals  

FCS 3510 Tax Preparation and Community, taught every spring semester by Ann House, provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for IRS certification.  Students then put the certification to good use by working with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).  Read the article here.





Last Updated: 4/8/20