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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 real life opportunities needed to transform policies and improve the lives of families and communities 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 understanding of how the welfare of individuals, families and communities are affected by external and internal forces; such as proximity to green space and nature, the longterm effects of quality early life/child education, health outcomes in differing economic communities, and teaching financial planning as a fundamental way to change the way individuals and families think about money. 

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!

READ MORE ABOUT THE U OF U FINALISTS' PROPOSALS

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GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT NEEDED

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. 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSITION

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NEW FCS COURSE OFFERED FALL 2020!

FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY (FCS 2430)

Family Health History (FCS 2430) will answer questions you have may have about Family Health History Data, identifying the major uses of the data and the users. Learn how YOU can personally use your own data to make better health choices.
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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.

WATCH THE FULL LECTURE HERE

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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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Last Updated: 7/22/20