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Family & Consumer Sciences

The Family & Consumer Sciences Department (formerly Human Environmental Sciences) prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in strengthening and enriching the quality of life of individuals and families throughout the life cycle. As an original department dating from the founding of the university in 1923, FCS represents the commitment of the Sisters of St. Joseph to serve a world in need.

Graduates assist consumers in needs assessment, decision making, problem solving and resource management in the areas of nutrition, food and health management, child development, parent education, family relationships, shelter and environment, clothing and textiles and goods and services — all areas that directly influence the quality of daily life.

FCS curriculum encourages the development of a disciplined mind, critical and creative thought, skills in human relations and communication, as well as professional competence. Practicums, observation courses, internships and student teaching are essential to each program. St. Louis provides a wealth of excellent resources and opportunities for such practical experiences.

FCS is recognized nationally for its outstanding integration of the liberal arts with strong content from the areas of specialization. The Dietetics program is currently granted accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext. 5400, and the teacher certification program in Family and Consumer Science Education is rated highly by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.