Gary Bischof, Interim Chair
Main Office: 3326 Kohrman
Telephone: (269) 387-3704
Fax: (269) 387-3353
Karen R. Blaisure
Barbara J. Frazier
R. Adam Manley
Caroline B. Webber
Richard W. Zinser
The mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is to provide integrative educational programs and conduct research focused on reciprocal relationships among individuals, families, and their near environments toward the goal of improving the quality of life within a dynamic world community.
Curricula offered in the department include:
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education
Family Studies-Family Studies Emphasis
Family Studies-Child Development Emphasis
Food Service Administration
Occupational Education Studies
Secondary Education in Business
Secondary Education in Marketing
Technology and Design
Textile and Apparel Studies-Merchandising Emphasis
Textile and Apparel Studies-Design and Development
Minors offered in the department include:
Family Life Education
Occupational Child Care
Secondary Education in Marketing
Textile and Apparel Merchandising
College of Education and Human Development Undergraduate Advising
2504 Sangren Hall
Advisors are available to assist in individual program planning, recommend electives appropriate to a student’s educational objectives, and help solve academic problems. Careful and regular planning with an advisor is critical to program completion in a timely manner. Substitutions and transfer credit must be approved by an advisor.
Work Experience Programs
Programs offered in dietetics, family studies, food service administration, interior design, and textile and apparel studies are designed to develop occupational competencies in their respective areas. These programs, which are sponsored jointly with businesses and agencies, provide students with an opportunity to complete a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.
Career And Technical Education Curricula
Career and technical education is a curriculum that prepares students to qualify as teachers in Michigan middle and junior high schools, secondary high schools, and area technical centers in non-vocational and vocational education subject areas.
Areas of career and technical education offered by the department that do not require vocational endorsements include majors in industrial technology, technology and design, and secondary education in business, as well as minors in industrial technology and family life education. The program requirements are listed below under Non-Vocational Majors and Minors.
Areas of career and technical education offered by the department that require vocational endorsements include majors in family and consumer sciences education, secondary education in business, and secondary marketing education, as well as minors in occupational child care, occupational foods, secondary education in marketing, and vocational-technical (drafting, graphic arts, metalworking, power/auto mechanics, and woodworking).
The requirements for each of the three non-vocational majors are described within the programs. The non-vocational majors are Industrial Technology, Secondary Education in Business, and Technology and Design.
The requirements for each of the vocational minors are described within the programs. The vocational minors are Occupational Child Care, Occupational Foods, Secondary Education in Marketing, and Vocational-Technical (Drafting, Graphic Arts, Metalworking, and Woodworking).
Majors in non-vocational teacher preparation programs may also earn one of the vocational minors in consultation with the advisor.