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Why Select a major in Consumer Affairs?

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

Consumer Affairs majors have 3 options to choose from:

Consumer Affairs

A major in Consumer Affairs provides a comprehensive study of 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, Family Finance, and Consumer Law. Graduates are prepared to work in the interest of consumers. Students may choose to minor in business administration or in mass communication. A minor will require 24 hours of course work. A minor in business administration strengthens the qualifications of students interested in working in the business sector or in a government position. A minor in mass communication supports students who focus on the role of the media and the consumer. Students are also required to complete courses in economics and accounting.

Consumer Affairs (Family & Consumer Sciences Option)

Students who major in the Family and Consumer Sciences option receive a balanced degree program from all areas of the department. A Family and Consumer Sciences option major takes 9 hours in Consumer Science, 6 hours in Family Management, 9 hours in Family and Child Development, 6 hours in Fashion Merchandising, 9 hours in Interior Design, and 9 hours in 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, 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 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 Student Teaching. Graduates are prepared to successfully complete the EXCET Exam for certification and to teach the 29 various Family and Consumer Sciences courses offered at the secondary level in Career and Technology Education. 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 and joins other member universities in making the required FCS content courses available via the internet. 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.

Dr. Kimberlee Davis
Texas State University - San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone 512-245-2155
Fax 512-245-3829
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