FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
Tamara Jo Brewer, Daniela Geleva, Sandra C Hartje, Sharleen Leslie Kato, Jaeil Lee, Beth Marie Miller, Gaile Moe, Sarah Elizabeth Zarelli
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is a multidisciplinary field of
study integrating and applying knowledge from research within the
discipline, the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and
the arts. Using basic principles from these disciplines, family and
consumer sciences offers solutions to problems faced by individuals,
families, and communities. Students can major in the following:
- Elementary or
secondary family and consumer sciences education
- General family
and consumer sciences
- Food and nutritional sciences
- Clothing and textiles
- Interior design
The program provides a strong undergraduate
background for those students wishing to attend graduate
school. Practicum and internship experiences are available in related industries,
public service, and government, and are an integral part of
Requirements for the Majors
Family and consumer sciences views families as the fundamental
social unit, and understanding individuals and families is central to
each FCS major. The FCS general major prepares students to understand
individuals and families and to motivate students to use their
specialization knowledge to affect the direction of our culture
through service to families and communities.
A variety of degree programs are available in family and consumer
sciences, each built around a common core of courses designated
as the family and consumer science core curriculum.
select a major from the options offered and these courses are
taken concurrently with the core curriculum. Of the total credits
required for a family and consumer science major, 25 credits must
be upper-division credits. Admission to the food and nutrition major requires completion of the following courses: BIO 2129, BIO 2130,
CHM 1211, CMH 1330, FCS 1050, and FCS 2365 or FCS 3340. A
grade of C- or higher in each of these courses is required. An overall
GPA of 2.8 or higher is required for the dietetics specialization; an
overall GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for the other food and nutrition
specializations. A student must complete the major requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major.
Admission to the interior design specialization requires an overall
GPA of 2.5 or higher and a GPA of 2.8 or higher in the following
courses: FCS 1050, FCS 2702, and FCS 2204. Admission to all other
FCS majors and specializations requires completion of at least three
FCS courses and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Faculty must
approve all admissions. A student must complete the major requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major.
Core Curriculum Required for All FCS Majors.
Individual and Family Development Major
The individual and family development major is intended to
prepare students to understand individuals and families, and to use
their specialization knowledge to affect the direction of our culture
through service to families in business, social service, and educational
settings. The major includes supplementary upper-division
coursework in sociology, psychology, and health sciences. All
majors take the family and consumer sciences core. Requirements for Individual and Family Development Major.
Family and Consumer Sciences Elementary and Secondary Education Major
The B.A. degree is offered in elementary and secondary family and
consumer sciences education. All students working toward this
degree are required to take the family and consumer sciences core
and the required courses in the major to meet the endorsement
standards in elementary or secondary certification. Students who
complete required courses in the major also meet endorsement
standards in elementary or secondary certification. Students who
complete the required courses in the major for secondary certification
also meet state standards for certification in FCS career and
technical education. Students seeking teacher certification in family
and consumer education at either the elementary or secondary level
must meet the requirements of the teacher education program. For
complete FCS elementary education requirements, see the School
Requirements for FCS Elementary Education Major.
Requirements for FCS Secondary Education Major.
Certification in Career and Technical Education
Seattle Pacific University is an approved institution for certification
in career and technical education of family and consumer sciences
teachers in middle, junior, and high school FCS programs. FCS majors with elementary certification meet the requirements for a second endorsement in Family and Consumer Science education grades four to 12 and probationary CTE Certification grades nine to 12. In addition
to course requirements, students must meet first-aid
Food and Nutritional Sciences Major
The B.S. degree is offered in food and nutritional sciences. All
majors must take the family and consumer sciences core and all
required general courses, plus several specialized courses in one of three areas of study. Chemistry and biology prerequisite courses are best completed by the junior year.
The dietetics specialization in the food and nutritional
sciences program, also known as the didactic program in
dietetics, has had approval since 1992 by the Commission on
Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic
Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago,
Illinois 60606-6995; phone 312-899-0040, extension 5400; and
Students who complete the dietetics specialization are eligible to apply for a dietetic
internship at another institution. Successful completetion of the dietetic internship confers eligibility for the national registration exam for dietetians. If passed, the student becomes a registered
Requirements for the Food and Nutritional Sciences Major - Dietetics Emphasis
Requirements for the Food and Nutritional Sciences Major - Food and Nutrition Emphasis
Requirements for the Food and Nutritional Sciences Major - Sports and Exercise Emphasis
Post-Baccalaureate Students Seeking to Fulfill Didactic
Students with a B.A. or B.S. degree in
another discipline may apply to the University in order to complete
the didactic program in dietetics requirements. These requirements
consist of required courses in food and nutritional sciences, along with dietetics specialization courses. The didactic program director will
review previous academic transcripts and course materials to
determine which course requirements have been fulfilled by prior
coursework. Students are required to complete a minimum of four
of the required courses at Seattle Pacific University. After completing
all requirements students are eligible to apply for an ADA-approved
Course requirements for post-baccalaureate students seeking to fulfill didactic program requirements are the same as requirements for a major in Food and Nutritional Sciences: Dietetics, except that FCS 1050 and FCS 3240 are omitted.
Textiles and Clothing Major
The B.A. degree is offered in textiles and clothing. The
curriculum is designed to train individuals for careers in the areas of
retail merchandising, apparel manufacturing, and advertising.
Requirements for the Clothing and Textiles Major - Apparel Design Emphasis
Requirements for the Clothing and Textiles Major - Fashion Merchandising Emphasis
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
Students in the textiles and clothing program who have major status and have maintained a satisfactory grade point average may select from nine additional specializations if they are accepted into the liaison program with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Specializations offered through the liaison program with FIT include accessories design; advertising and communication; advertising design; manufacturing management; fashion design; fashion buying and merchandising; jewelry design; textile/surface design; or textile development and marketing. Students considering this option should seek advisement early in their academic careers in order to meet the requirements of both FIT and SPU.
Interior Design Major
The B.A. degree is offered in interior design. The curriculum is designed to train individuals for careers in the areas of residential and commercial design. The Interior Design program prepares students for a variety of
entry-level positions in interior design. This interdisciplinary program
combines courses from art, business, and family and consumer
sciences. The program features a student chapter of ASID
(American Society of Interior Designers), a required internship (FCS
4940), AutoCAD courses, and a liaison program with FIDM (the
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising).
Requirements for the Interior Design Major
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Students who have been admitted to the Interior Design major have an option of pursuing a concentrated year of training in interior design by participating in the liaison program with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California.
Students electing to participate in the FIDM liaison would apply in their junior year and attend during their senior year. Students considering this option should seek advisement early in their academic careers in order to meet the requirements of both FIDM and SPU.
Requirements for the Minors
Three minors are offered:
- Individual and Family Development
- Food and
- Clothing and textiles
A minimum of 30
credits in family and consumer sciences, including 15 upper-division
credits, are required for each of the three minors.
Minor in Individual and Family Development
Minor in Food and Nutritional Sciences
Minor in Clothing and Textiles
Print Degree Requirements (FCS)
Print Degree Requirements (FNS)
Print Degree Requirements (TCI)
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