Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares students for family life, work life, and careers in family and consumer sciences by providing learning opportunities and experiences to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed for living and working in a global society. Students explore and apply concepts related to financial and resource management; health, foods and nutrition; wellness; child development, parenting and family life; clothing and textiles, and interior design and housing.
Students choosing this major must also be admitted to the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) administered by the College of Human Services.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the employment outlook for graduates of Family and Consumer Sciences Education?
The family and consumer sciences education program at Utah State has placed 100 percent of students seeking an occupation as a FACS teacher with a job in the field.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is expected to grow by 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Most job openings will result from the need to replace the large number of teachers who are expected to retire during this period. These statistics include FACS teachers.
What is the beginning salary of an FACS teacher?
The average beginning salary of an FACS teacher $29,000. Average FACS salaries will vary greatly with location, experience, and benefits. Salary will increase with a Masters' degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
Will I get real-life classroom experience before I graduate?
Students in the family and consumer sciences program will receive many opportunities for real-life classroom experience before they graduate. Many of the classes provide hands-on activities, which include actual teaching. Students are also encouraged to gain internships and will receive help with obtaining them.
What can I do if I decide not to teach secondary education?
Graduates with family and consumer sciences education degrees have obtained jobs in Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension (including 4-H), marketing related to consumer products and services, researching needs, attitudes, and markets associated with Family and Consumer Sciences, developing improved products and services related to the different content areas (design improved appliances, fabrics, software, etc), informing the public about FCS content-related topics through various media outlets, assisting families and communities through various agencies (housing, family, youth, etc), and managing various FCS-related businesses or operations.
Are there scholarships available to students?
There are many scholarships offered through the College of Agriculture. This year, the College of Agriculture awarded over $290,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students. College of Agriculture undergraduate students may apply for college and departmental scholarships during the month of January through an online application system called STARS. You will find instructions for the online application at the College of Agriculture website.
Freshmen and transfer students may apply for scholarships through the Utah State University Admissions Office.
What student organizations are available to students?
- Aggie FACS: This club is affiliated with the state (UAFCS) and national (AAFCS) organizations, providing students with the opportunity to participate in professional meetings, network with practicing professionals, and exchange ideas with other FACS students throughout Utah. For further information, please contact Dr. Lindsey Shirley.
Where can I get more information?
For more information about the Family and Consumer Sciences program at Utah State, contact Taylor Adams.