In the Department of Family and Consumer Science, students gain meaningful experience for countless career opportunities, helping them create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Studying Family and Consumer Sciences prepares students for careers in foods and nutrition, design and consulting, research, education, media, child development, human services, retail merchandising and consumer affairs.

The concentrations offered for a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science include: 

  • Retail Merchandising, providing specialized training for a diverse and challenging career in the retail industry. Opportunities include hands-on training; internship experience; and participation in fashion productions, retail study tours, Career Day Dallas and other career-related opportunities. 
  • General Family and Consumer Science provides students with opportunities for a variety of career choices. Qualified family and consumer scientists are in good demand as extension consultants, family and consumer scientists in business, and as employees in manufacturing and advertising. 
  • The concentration in Early Care is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for careers as early care education master teachers or program administrators, parent education instructors, early intervention instructors, program teachers for infants to school-age children, and social services agents in child and family programs. This option is open only to individuals who have earned an associate’s degree in child development or early childhood from a partnering community college.

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Minors Offered

Family and Consumer Sciences

Fashion Merchandising