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Advisement Information


Family & Consumer Sciences

The School of Family and Consumer Sciences offers three distinct undergraduate options. One option has four concentrations. Curriculum guides for the various FCS options and concentrations are:

  • Dietetics

  • Family Services

  • Financial Literacy, Hospitality Management, Fashion Merchandising & Design Option:

    1. Financial Literacy includes minor in Financial Literacy
    2. Fashion Merchandising & Design includes minor in Marketing
    3. Hospitality Management includes minor in Business Administration or a minor in Entrepreneurship

Each option includes requirements for general education and major course work that meet specific graduation requirements.

Students interested in teaching FCS at the secondary level should refer to the Career and Technical Education major with an emphasis in Family and Consumer Sciences. This major is offered by the School of Technology with an emphasis on FCS Classes. Please refer to the CTE-FCS major for more details.

2018 Curriculum Guides



Information For Scheduling Appointments

 Schedule a Meeting

FCS undergraduates will be assigned to either Mrs. Myers-Bradley or Mrs. Deborah Reifsteck. You can find out who your advisor is by checking your student information in PAWS. To Schedule a meeting with your assigned advisor by clicking on the appropriate link below. Prospective students and FCS Minors should see Mrs. Bradley for an initial appointment.


Mrs. Bradley (217-581-5310)

Mrs Bradley Scheduler


Mrs. Reifsteck (217-581-6359)

Mrs Reifsteck Scheduler


Preparation for the Meeting

A degree audit is helpful to bring to your advising appointment. You can run an unofficial degree audit in PAWS. Log in to PAWS, clink on STUDENT and then RECORDS. Once there, click DEGREE AUDIT REPORTING SYSTEM. You should now see a screen with your name on it and to the right side there is a button: RUN AUDIT. Click this button. You will be redirected to a screen requesting you wait up to 5 minutes for the audit to appear. Click that link. VIEW AUDIT. You don’t have to wait 5 minutes. Usually 30 seconds is sufficient.

You should see a blue link with your major and option listed. Click that link. You are now in your degree audit. At the top of the audit is a link that says. “Printer Friendly Version.” This is the version you want to print. It will print in 4-6 pages. Bring this document to your advisement appointment.

All juniors with over 60 semester hours should Apply for Graduation on PAWS in order for their degree audit to become official. If you have not applied for graduation, your audit is still an unofficial audit.

Meeting with SFCS Advisor

Academic advisors assist students in choosing courses and in long-term planning for their degrees. Your advisor is also an excellent resource for finding information and other services at Eastern Illinois University that can assist you in your educational goals.

Be on time and do not skip your appointment. To cancel your advising appointment, provide at least one hour notice via e-mail or phone call.

Your advisor will check to see if you have any holds on your account. Holds on your account will prevent you from being able to register. Advisors cannot clear holds. Students have to clear holds on their own.

Your advisor will complete a long-range academic plan with you that will contain a proposed schedule, your PIN number for the upcoming semester, and any notes on which you need to follow up. A copy of your long-range plan will be stored electronically and you will be given a hard copy as well.

Be sure to ask any and all questions you have during your advisement appointment. During the appointment, you will receive a personal identification number (PIN) you must use for registration purposes (adding/dropping classes). It is recommended you enter your PIN as a contact in your cell phone so that you won’t forget it or lose it.

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Contact Information

Family and Consumer Sciences

1030 Klehm Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6076
Fax: (217) 581-6090

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