Family and Consumer Sciences

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Are you interested in empowering individuals, families and communities? Our program provides students a broad education for careers in dietetics, hospitality management, family services, apparel and textiles, merchandising and financial literacy.


Dietetics, Family Services, Apparel and Textiles, Financial Literacy, Hospitality, and Merchandising


Apparel and Textile Design, Financial Literacy, Hospitality Management, Merchandising

Hours Required


Departmental Honors Program


Four Year Degree Plan

Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

MS in FCS, MS in Nutrition and Dietetics, MA in Aging Studies

Course Catalog Listing (Dietetics Option) (Family Services Option) (Apparel and Textiles, Financial Literacy, Hospitality, and Merchandising Option)

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities are available to the student in a variety of avenues, such as a part of required coursework, the FCS honors program, or independent studies.

Student Professional Organizations

You can participate in the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Your goal may be to become a member of Kappa Omicron Nu, an honorary society which has won national awards. The Student Dietetic Association provides career-specific opportunities for dietetic students. Merchandising students enjoy spending time in the MADA RSO while hospitality management students have found many professional opportunities within CMAA and SEPA.

Professional Development Opportunities

The presentation of student research is supported and promoted. FCS students have presented their research and/or creative activities at various state conferences, such as the Illinois Association for Family and Consumer Sciences, and the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as at national conferences, such as National Council for Undergraduate Research and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Scholarship Listing

Balsaar & Ruth Bubeck Scholarship
Building Aspirations Towards Positivity Annual Scholarship
Carol Specht Memorial Scholarship
Christopher E. Tredennick Memorial Scholarship
Donna Lynn Connelly Scholarship
Dr. Barbara L. Hill Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Harold M. & Alice D. Cavins Scholarship
Dwight & Bette (Leckrone) Baptist Scholarship
Education Scholars Award
Eileen F. Hubbard Scholarship
Elsie and Erson Giffin Scholarship
Esther Brothers Elmore Memorial Scholarship
Grote Stahl Scholarship
John E. & Mary J. Price Scholarship
Joyce S. Crouse Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship
Kuhl Family Scholarship
Lillian R. Greathouse Scholarship
Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences International Merit Award
Mike and Susan Petrik Annual Scholarship Award for Excellence
Omar Schmeusser Memorial Scholarship
Ozier Child & Family Award
Rory and Gail Heltsley Steidl Scholarship
Ruth Gaertner Scholarship
Ruth Miller Esbeck Scholarship
Schmalhausen Family Scholarship
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Faculty Listing

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Klehm Hall 1030
Contact Name: Melanie Tracy Burns, PhD, RD
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