Family and Consumer Science prepares individuals for personal and family life across the life span as they merge the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. Focus is on families, work, and their subsequent interrelations. Abundant opportunities are provided for students to develop the knowledge, skill, attitude, and behaviors for:
Strengthening the well-being of individuals and families
Becoming responsible citizens and leaders
Promoting optimal nutrition and wellness
Managing resources to meet material needs
Balancing personal, home, family, and work lives
Addressing problems in diverse family, community, and work environments
A major in Consumer Affairs provides a comprehensive study of personal and family financial decisions and the role of the consumer in the economy. It includes the study of consumer rights and responsibilities and the analysis of the consumer in the marketplace in such courses as Consumers in the Marketplace, Family and Personal Resource Management, Consumer Issues and Public Policy, Personal Finance, Financial Counseling and Consumer Law. Graduates are prepared to work in the interest of consumers. Students may choose any minor which enhances one’s career goals. A minor will require 18 hour (minimum) of course work. Students are also required to complete courses in economics and accounting.
Students who major in the Family and Consumer Sciences option receive a balanced degree program from all areas of the school. A Family and Consumer Sciences option major will complete courses in Consumer Affairs, Family and Child Development, Fashion Merchandising, Interior Design, and Nutrition and Foods. Students also take a course in Communication Skills and Techniques that prepares them as professionals to work with adult learners in a variety of settings. Completion of an 18 hour (minimum) minor is required. The minor compliments the degree by providing students with specialty training to combine with the Family and Consumer Sciences degree. Because students receive a well-rounded degree in Family and Consumer Sciences supported by a minor which enhances one’s career goals, career options are available related to all major fields of study within Family and Consumer Sciences including community agencies, business organizations, and government programs. An example of a career path that combines the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences is the Texas Extension Service.
Consumer Affairs (Family & Consumer Sciences with Teacher Certification)
This track prepares students to teach in secondary family and consumer sciences programs with a Family and Consumer Sciences Composite certification approved by the Texas Education Agency. In addition to the technical courses in Consumer Science, Family and Child Development, Fashion Merchandising, Nutrition and Foods, and Interior Design, students complete the required education courses including 14 weeks of Student Teaching in area secondary schools. Graduates are prepared to successfully complete the required exams for certification and to teach all of the various Family and Consumer Sciences courses offered at the secondary level in Career and Technology Education. Required exams for Family and Consumer Sciences Composite certification are the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 200 Family and Consumer Sciences – Composite Examination and 160 PPR EC-12 TExES1. No minor is required. An Early Childhood Education endorsement may be obtained with fulfillment of additional course requirements. An overall grade point of 2.75 or above is required for admission into the student teaching program and a grade of "C" or better in each course in the teaching field is required.
To help meet the need for Family and Consumer and Sciences teachers in Texas, Texas State is a member of the FCS Alliance for Distance Education http://www.fcsalliance.org and joins other member universities in making the required FCS content courses available via the internet.