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Family and Consumer Sciences

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About the Program

Family and Consumer Sciences Education empower individuals and families throughout their lives to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. The unique focus is on work, families and interrelationships. Students beginning this major at an Ohio University regional campus have the opportunity to acquire most of the courses recommended for the freshmen and sophomore years.

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The Family and Consumer Sciences Education program provides students with the opportunity to select from two different majors:

(Major Code BS6370)- Family and Consumer Sciences-Teaching (FCS ED), fulfills the requirements for a career-technical teaching license FCS ED to teach in grades 4-12. Teacher candidates are prepared to be future advisors of the school-based FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) career-technical student organization.

(Major Code BS6375)- Family and Consumer Sciences-Community Leadership, prepares graduates for employment in areas such as workforce development, human services leadership, youth leadership (4-H, Extension Services), after school programs, early child care administration, corporate offices, and non-profit organizations.

All students with a major in Family and Consumer Sciences Education will learn and apply principles of:

  • Child Development and Theories
  • Family Development and Relationships
  • Consumer Economics, Financial literacy, and Resource management
  • Develop the Knowledge of a healthy lifestyle
  • Investigate and plan career pathways
  • All FCS education majors receive Serv-Safe Certification.
Career Opportunities
  • Teaching Licensure or Community Leadership majors
  • Teaching in Public or Private  Schools
  • Business or Social Agencies, working with children & families

The Ohio University online undergraduate catalog identifies the following:


Expectations of Transfer Students

A college or university advisor can offer assistance with the transfer of courses to Ohio University. Ohio's Course Applicability System is another good resource at The following courses are recommended possible transfers: college algebra, freshman and junior level composition, psychology, chemistry, economics, communication (public speaking) health, nutrition, human growth and development.

Scholarships Available
  • Family, Careers, and Community Leaders of America (graduating high school FCCLA members) or
  • Ohio Association Family and Consumer Sciences (student members enrolled in college)
Field Experiences and Internships
  • FCS students will participate in professional internships related to their major.
Distance Learning
  • Several of the professional content courses in this program are offered online during the summer sessions and more are becoming available throughout the state.
Professional Organizations
Licensure/ Certifications
Program Contact

Lisa Diebel
Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 121N


As a student in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program at Ohio University, you will have the opportunity to be involved in the following professional activities in the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences:

  • Join OU Human Services Organization affiliated with AAFCS
  • Intern with Extension or other community service agencies
  • Learn about and be involved in service learning projects
  • Join numerous other professional organizations related to content courses