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Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Undergraduate Studies


Programs Offered

The Family, Consumer, and Human Development Department offers undergraduate programs in Family, Consumer, and Human Development; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Early Childhood Education. All programs are designed to prepare students for successful careers serving individuals and families across the life span. Through classroom study and applied experiences, majors study how human development, family relationships, family economics, and consumer issues affect the individual and family.

Practicum and Other Experience

Faculty members provide instruction and practicum supervision to prepare students to meet the needs of the people they will serve in their future careers. Students are then prepared to work in agencies and organizations serving individuals from infancy through later life, as well as families and consumers in many social settings.

Student majors in Family, Consumer, and Human Development are required to complete a practicum experience, which they will coordinate with the practicum coordinator. Types of practicum sites include state agencies, hospitals, preschools and child care centers, nursing homes, senior citizen centers, parenting programs, detention centers, crisis intervention programs, public schools, Head Start programs, and after-school programs, as well as financial institutions, credit counseling services, and housing services. Practicum experience in the Deaf Education and Human Development emphases includes the Adele and Dale Young Child Development Laboratory setting. Students majoring in Early Childhood Education complete a formal internship in the Adele and Dale Young Child Development Laboratory and in primary school grades.

Graduate School and Work Preparation

Majors in Family, Consumer, and Human Development (FCHD), Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), and Early Childhood Education (ECE), receive the necessary preparation for graduate study in a family, consumer, and human development related field or employment. Early Childhood Education majors acquire a teaching license so they can teach in grades K-3 in the public schools.

In addition to preparation for advanced study or job opportunities, FCHD majors receive increased knowledge and skills in topics which will enhance their personal and family lives.