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Professional Development

Exploring Organ Donation Trends Among Minorities

Jennifer Cannon explores why so few minorities participate in organ donation programs and how that trend is mired in a decades old history of oppression, abuse, and mistrust.


Graduate students in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences have a number of opportunities to get a leg up professional life.

One way this professional development is attained is through graduate assistantships within the department, giving students an opportunity for real-life work experience handling tasks directly related to the field they hope to one day enter full-time.

Meanwhile, a plethora of student organizations are available to help our students get involved and also network with fellow students and professionals. Among these organizations are:

  • Kappa Omicron Nu
  • Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Illinois Council on Family Relations

On top of all that, the department has cultivated strong relationships with a number of organizations at which its students can complete internships.


Integrative Learning

Say Yes to the Internship

Helen Marcotte

FCS grad student nabs ''surreal'' internship at bridal business popularized by TLC's 'Say Yes to the Dress' Read more...


We take integrative learning seriously! Students will grow personally and professionally in our graduate program. Click here to get a better idea of what we mean when we talk about integrative learning.



Ours is a student-friendly environment. We offer classes in a variety of formats, making a graduate education convenient for students from all walks of life. Maybe you have a family or maybe other obligations keep you from taking classes at the "traditional" hours, but our evening, weekend and online options will provide viable options for everybody.

Additionally, our faculty is devoted to connecting with its students; we want to provide a relationship-driven education. We also allow students to develop an individualized graduate program that fits their career aspirations, and it's possible to complete the entire program within three semesters -- as little as one year!


Study Abroad

Achieving Personal and Academic Growth in Italy

Jaleesha Maury

“I love to travel and I love food, wine and fashion -- the focal points of the trip.” Read more...


Want to see the world while getting your graduate degree? Eastern is the place to make it happen. Whether it's Italy, South Africa, the Netherlands, or across Asia, we've had students earn graduate credit abroad. Click here to check out some of the programs available to FCS students.