About the Department

The Department of Family Consumer Science is committed to training professionals to promote the well-being of individuals and families through bachelor’s degrees in the following majors:

  • Dietetics
    Nationally recognized and accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and provides the academic training required to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
  • Child Development and Family Studies
    Approved by the National Council of Family Relations, which allows graduates to become certified family life educators.
  • Family Consumer Science Education
    Approved by the Minnesota Department of Education, which allows graduates to apply for licensure to teach Family Consumer Science in grades 5-12.
  • Foods and Nutrition
    A broad major that prepares graduates to work as food service managers, extension educators or food researchers.

The department also offers the following undergraduate minors:

  • Consumer Studies
  • Child Development
  • Foods and Nutrition

Students will gain valuable academic training and hands-on experience in:

  • Food preparation
  • Clothing construction
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Family life and parenting education
  • Child development, care and education
  • Consumer decision making and money management

These skills and experiences will translate directly to careers with a central focus of serving the needs of families and consumers, such as:

  • Clinical dietitians
  • Wellness nutritionists
  • Foodservice managers
  • Family consumer science middle school and secondary school teachers
  • Human services professionals
  • Child protection workers
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Group home directors
  • Youth home directors
  • Family life and parenting educators
  • Extension specialists
  • And many more...

Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Health clubs
  • Private practice
  • Schools and educational settings
  • Group homes
  • Day cares
  • Head Start
  • Food companies
  • Restaurants and other food service facilities