of Family and Consumer Sciences
Carol B. Meeks, Dean
Beverly J. Crabtree, Emeritus Dean
Ruth E. Deacon, Emeritus Dean
JaneAnn Stout, Associate Dean
Suzanne Hendrich, Associate Dean
Mary Winter, Associate Dean
Departments of the College
Apparel, Educational Studies, and Hospitality Management
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Human Development and Family Studies
The College of Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS) is committed
to advancing the well-being of families, consumers, and related
business organizations through the creation, application, and dissemination
These objectives are accomplished by fostering a supportive community
committed to optimizing student learning, promoting high quality
scholarship that addresses important issues for individuals, families,
communities, and related business organizations, and engaging key
constituents and partners in addressing needs of families, communities,
societies, and related business organizations around the world.
The fields of study encompassed by the College are represented
within the departments described above. The College faculty and
staff work to create and communicate knowledge not only in a given
field, but to combine that knowledge into an integrated whole. Each
part of that whole is needed to achieve the goal of enhancing quality
of life for all people.
Students in CFCS learn how to contribute to the well-being of society
through a variety of careers. At the baccalaureate level, students
are prepared to become family and consumer sciences educators, early
childhood educators, childcare providers, housing specialists, personal
financial managers, apparel designers, merchandisers and entrepreneurs;
also restaurant, hotel and institution managers; food scientists,
dietitians and nutritionists.
They also are prepared to pursue postbaccalaureate education at
other institutions in such areas as social work, law, medicine or
other health care professions. In addition, the College offers masters
and doctorate programs in each department.
Graduates are prepared for careers as researchers, educators, marriage
and family therapists, or upper level managers and administrators
in professional fields.
Faculty and staff members of the College of Family and Consumer
Sciences aspire to create personal well-being. There is a strong
committment to a love of learning and to nurturing students through
rigorous and dynamic curricula. Extensive extracurricular opportunities,
both local and international, for the personal and professional
development of students are provided. These commitments are the
foundation for becoming the best FCS College in the nation.
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Undergraduate Core Curriculum
Graduates of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences
will demonstrate professional and personal competencies in concepts
fundamental to the College's mission. These core concepts serve
as a unifying focus for students in the College.
The following two core concepts are interdisciplinary in nature;
competencies will be assessed by designated outcomes in courses
within each major in the College.
Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate information
based on science and moral reasoning. Apply critical thinking skills
in making value-based decisions, forming public policy, and showing
civic responsibility as consumers and providers of goods and services
necessary to meet the basic life needs of the individual, family,
Interpersonal Communication: Demonstrate the ability to communicate
appropriately and effectively as Family and Consumer Sciences professionals
and members of the global community while respecting diversity and
enhancing the dignity of others.
The above two interdisciplinary concepts are integral to the following
three discipline-based concepts. Competencies in these three concepts
will be demonstrated by satisfactory completion of approved course
work in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Two of the
three concept requirements must be fulfilled using courses outside
the student's major department.
Family: Demonstrate knowledge about the family in society and its
development, diverse nature, and role in nurturing children, youth,
and adults as they grow and change.
Human Nutrition: Demonstrate abilities to make optimal decisions
for human health through nutrition and to evaluate nutrition information
based on science and moral reasoning.
Consumer Sciences: Demonstrate knowledge about issues facing individuals,
families, and communities related to choices by consumers and/or
providers regarding at least one of the following human needs: clothing,
education, family economics, hospitality services, and housing.
All degree programs in the College of Family and Consumer
Sciences are accredited by the American Association of Family and
Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Accreditation includes commitment to
self-regulation, ongoing self-study, peer and external evaluation,
and regular review by the Council for Accreditation for the AAFCS.
These accreditation activities ensure that graduates of the College
of Family and Consumer Sciences have had educational experiences
of high quality and relevance as judged against nationally accepted
Throughout the United States, only a small number of colleges
and universities offering bachelors degrees in Family and Consumer
Sciences meet the high standards of the AAFCS accreditation.
In addition to the College accreditation, the following program-specific
accreditation/registrations have been attained by Departments within
Department of Apparel, Educational Studies, and Hospitality Management:
Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher Licensure Program
is licensed by the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Board
of Educational Examiners.
Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management is accredited by
the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration,
the accrediting agency of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant,
and Institutional Education.
Production focus of the Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production
major is endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association.
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition:
Food Science and Technology is approved by the Institute
of Food Technologists. The Dietetics Internship has initial accreditation
and the Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted approval
status by the Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics
Education of The American Dietetic Association, 216 W. Jackson Blvd.,
Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-4876.
Department of Human Development and Family
The Child Development Laboratory School is accredited by
the National Academy for Early Childhood Programs and licensed by
the Iowa Department of Human Services; Early Childhood, Birth-Grade
3 is approved by the Iowa Department of Education; Early Childhood
Education-Unified is approved by the Iowa Department of Education;
Marital and Family Therapy (Ph.D. only) is approved by the Commission
on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.
Curricula in Family and Consumer Sciences
The College of Family and Consumer Sciences is fully accredited
by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Council
for Accreditation. The curricula are planned to meet a variety of
academic interests, abilities, and goals of the student. Each curriculum
requires depth in a discipline. Breadth is acquired through general
education, the College core, and careful use of electives.
Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production—Options:
Merchandising; Design; Production
Child, Adult, and Family Services—Options:
Child Programs; Youth Programs; Adult Programs; Family
Programs; Policy and Advocacy
Early Childhood Education
Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies—Options:
Teacher Licensure; Educational Services; General Studies
Family Resource Management and Consumer Sciences—Options:
Family Resource Management and Consumer Sciences; Family Financial
Food Science—Options: Food Science
and Technology; Consumer Food Science; Food Science and Industry
Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management
Housing and the Near Environment
Minors are available to all Iowa State students including
family and consumer sciences majors. Minors consist of at least
15 credits and are available in the following areas:
Apparel Merchandising, Design, and
Child, Adult, and Family Services
Educational Services in Family and Consumer Sciences
Family Resource Management and Consumer Sciences
Food Safety (interdepartmental minor)
Gerontology (interdisciplinary minor)
Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution
Housing and the Near Environment
See Index for minor requirements for specific departments and programs.
Special Interest Programs
International and Cross Cultural Programs
Study abroad opportunities are available and encouraged
through the College of Family and Consumer Sciences to broaden international
and cross-cultural perspectives. Scholarships and other forms of
financial assistance are available which provide partial support
for students studying abroad. The College has established programs
with Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland; University
of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand; and the International College of
Hospitality Administration, Brig, Switzerland. Students also study
at the London College of Fashion, London, England; Paris American
Academy, Paris, France; and participate in group study abroad programs
to Europe, Africa, Costa Rica, Peru, and Mexico. Other opportunities
may be developed through consultation with the associate dean of
undergraduate programs and the student’s adviser; for example,
students have acquired internships and studied in such countries
as Kenya, Spain, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Guatemala, Switzerland, England,
Australia, Germany, and France. Faculty members bring diversity
and global perspectives to instruction and research through their
work in India, South Korea, Central and South America, Pakistan,
Africa, and Europe.
High achieving students, with a grade point average of above
3.35, are invited to apply to the Honors Program. Honors students
are encouraged to develop a creative program of study expanding
their interests while meeting individual educational objectives.
Students in the Honors Program also participate in University Honors
Seminars and complete an honors project. For further information,
contact the College Honors Committee or academic adviser. Also see
Index, Honors Program.
Dietetics Internship (DI)
This postbaccalaureate program, administered by the Department
of Food Science and Human Nutrition, has initial accreditation from
the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The purpose of the program
is to enable those who meet the academic requirements of the ADA
to obtain at least 900 hours of practice supervised by registered
dietitians in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, and
foodservice management to meet ADA performance requirements for
entry level dietitians.
Students who satisfactorily complete the DI will be eligible to
take the national registration examination administered by the Commission
on Dietetic Registration.
Information for Prospective Students
Open Option Status
The College of Family and Consumer Sciences offers an open
option for entering students who have not selected a specific area
of study. Family and Consumer Sciences Orientation (FCEdS 110) helps
students explore the opportunities available. Program planning information
can be obtained from general college advisers.
Secondary School Preparation
Preparation required for admission is: 4 years English/language
arts; 3 years mathematics; 3 years science; 2 years social studies.
Each student in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences
works closely with an academic adviser. Freshmen are advised by
general college advisers. After the freshman year, each student
is assigned an adviser in the department of the chosen curriculum.
Freshmen students in Food Science and Human Nutrition are advised
by a departmental adviser. The adviser assists the student in making
adjustments to the university and provides information and guidance
on course work, opportunities for professional and personal development
and career choices.
Planned Transfer Programs
By careful planning with the College of Family and Consumer
Sciences Academic Programs Office, students may begin their education
at another college, then transfer their courses to a curriculum
within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences with maximum
efficiency in meeting the degree requirements. The College has developed
program-to-program transfer plans with community colleges in Iowa
and surrounding states. In addition, personalized plans may be developed
for students attending other colleges. For more information, call
1-800-522-0683 or contact the associate dean for undergraduate programs,
College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 124 MacKay, Iowa State
Students may prepare for a career in the Cooperative Extension
Service by enrolling in any curriculum in the College of Family
and Consumer Sciences that provides them with a broad subject matter
base for conducting educational programs for families. Advice on
choice of courses should be sought from the Family and Consumer
Sciences Education and Studies program, the associate dean and director
of Iowa State University Extension to Families programs, the director
of Iowa State University Extension to Youth and 4-H programs, or
the Extension Human Resources office.
Preparation for Graduate Study
Students considering graduate studies should gain background
knowledge in basic subjects related to their area of interest. Undergraduate
mathematics, statistics, and research methods courses are useful
as preparation for advanced study in graduate school. Upon completion
of graduate programs, students are qualified for leadership positions
in public and private institutions and for teaching, research, and
extension positions in colleges and universities.
Professional Career and Employment
Opportunities in Family and Consumer Sciences
Employment of Family and Consumer Sciences graduates remains
at a high level. The flexibility of College of Family and Consumer
Sciences programs allows for a wide range of career opportunities
in diverse areas such as government, industry, education, health
and human services, business, extension, and community agencies,
locally, nationally, and internationally. A few examples of the
positions in these various fields are: dietitian; housing specialist;
vocational family and consumer sciences teacher; infant, preschool,
or special education teacher; hotel, club, or restaurant manager;
financial counselor; apparel merchandiser, designer, or production
specialist; food or textile researcher; food scientist; nutrition
scientist; sales representative; early childhood educator; consumer
product specialist; and supervisor for a human service agency.
Students may prepare for professional programs such as medicine,
law, or health administration while pursuing a B.S. degree. The
strength of the College programs lies in the capacity to enhance
the graduate's ability to develop and deliver products, programs,
or services to families and consumers, as well as to strengthen
the communication and leadership skills needed in representing the
interests of families and consumers.
Each department within the College requires students to
select and/or elect courses to fulfill a specific number of credits
in prescribed areas.
Group Requirements in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences
|| I. Communications
sciences and mathematical disciplines
|| V. Family
and Consumer Sciences Core Curriculum
Students may pursue independent work by enrolling in 490 courses
in individual departments. No more than nine semester credits of independent
study may be applied to a degree from the College of Family and Consumer