The purpose of the undergraduate program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is to provide both a liberal and a specialized education for students who seek to advance their education the the field of agriculture. The program in liberal education in which the interests and well-being of individuals, family members, and consumers are significant. The program includes study of nutrition, food, health, clothing, textiles, management of resources, design, care and guidance of children, human growth and development throughout the life span, interpersonal relationships, and family relationships, with emphasis on breadth of knowledge and its application to the solution of contemporary human problems.
The underlying focus is on an integrative approach to relationships among individuals, families, and communities and the environments in which they function. This program seeks to a) empower individuals, b) strengthen families, and c) enable communities.
Mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
The mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in professional family and consumer sciences careers, where they can use an integrated approach to relationships to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through education; prevention; and development and discovery of new knowledge, extend this knowledge to an increasingly global community; and provide service to the community.
Student Learning Outcomes: The graduates will:
- Have specialized knowledge and skills in the concentration/major areas to address work roles in their professional careers in education, government, industry and society;
- Have the capability to write research reports including identifying implications of research;
- Analyze and interpret data for implication in work and personal life;
- Use critical thinking skills to utilize diverse approaches for determining alternative solutions for issues;
- Communicate information to diverse groups at all levels of expertise;
- Recognize, respect, and value individual and societal diversity;
- Reflect on one's own practices, articulate a philosophy and rationale for decisions, and continually self-assess as a basis for program planning and modification and continuing professional development;
- Establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with colleagues, other professionals, and families and work effectively as a member of a professional team;
- Practices ethical professional practice;
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to become advocates for public policy as related to individuals, families and communities;
- Use technology effectively in their work and family life;
- Pursue lifelong learning;
- Have an understanding of their responsibilities to their communities and the global society and act on this understanding;
- Demonstrate understanding of the synergistic, integrative nature of the family and consumer sciences profession with its focus on the interrelationships among individuals, families, consumers, and communities as taught in human systems theory and life course development and students apply this understanding to the study of their areas of specialization.
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-4876, www.eatright.org/ACEND.