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Family & Consumer Sciences Courses


FCS-274: Personal Finance Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

An analysis of consumer decision making in the marketplace; government protection for the consumer; consumer credit institutions; insurance, investments, management of personal finances, retirement and estate planning.  No credit given in major for business, or economics.  Also offered as ECO-274.


FCS-290: Foundations in Family and Consumer Sciences Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Year

Historical and theoretical perspectives, and current trends in various disciplines in Human Environmental Sciences are explored.  Students will be provided with the foundation to apply human systems theory and life course development to their area of specialization in Child Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, Fashion Merchandising and Design, and Interior Design.


FCS-299: Introduction to Research in Family & Consumers Science Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will participate in a research or creative project investigating topics and problems in Family and Consumer Sciences.  This course will provide an introduction to the methods and techniques of the discipline.  The research experience will culminate in a paper and presentation.  Open to freshmen and sophomore majors and others by permission of the instructor.  May be repeated for a total of six credit hours.  A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Instructor's consent required.


FCS-355: Family Resource Management Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

The use of human resources to promote individual and family development.  Emphasis on family life management skills from a woman's perspective.


FCS-424: Professional Perspectives in FCS Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Odd-Numbered Years Only

Investigation of historic development, interdisciplinary nature, integrative approach, and ethical perspectives of Family and Consumer Sciences field of study; introduction to professional opportunities within business, education, research, and service agencies; formulation of individual career plan.


FCS-425: FCS Practicum Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Even-Numbered Years Only

Provides a culminating experience for Family & Consumer Sciences majors seeking careers in business and community services. The internship is selected by the student through career analysis, and is conducted in cooperation with an approved internship sponsor.  The student must work 150 hours total over the course of the semester in an approved site.  Prerequisite:  FCS-424.


FCS-498: Honors Thesis in Family and Consumer Sciences Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute a research project at an advanced level of complexity that will culminate in a paper and a presentation.  The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the family and consumer sciences faculty.  A research proposal form completed by the student, faculty mentor, and Honors Program director is required for registration.  Open to seniors who are members of the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs.


FCS-499: Research in Family & Consumer Sciences Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will develop and conduct a research or creative project exploring topics and problems in Family and Consumer Sciences.  The research experience will culminate in a paper and presentation.  Open to junior and senior majors and others by permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a total of six credit hours.  A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Instructor's consent required. Prerequisite: FCS-355.


FCS-764: Methods of Teaching Family & Consumer Sciences Session(s): Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A study of planning, implementing, and evaluating family and consumer sciences programs. Emphasis on identifying needs of learners, writing objectives, planning lessons, using a variety of teaching/learning strategies, and assessing effectiveness.  Required for secondary family and consumer sciences licensure students and food and nutrition majors. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program, nutrition majors or with permission of the instructor.


FCS-765: Family & Consumer Sciences Education Session(s): Fall | Course Offered Every Other Year

A survey of the curriculum for secondary family and consumer sciences education.  Includes a program philosophy, organization, needs assessment, advisory committees, curriculum development, vocational student organizations [FCCLA], and legislation.  Includes field experience.  Required of secondary family and consumer sciences education majors. Open to students admitted to the teacher education program or with permission of the instructor.



Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.



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