FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
WHAT IS FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES?
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is an academic discipline that is interdisciplinary and applied in nature. Based on ecological principles, family and consumer sciences students and professionals study how the relationships between individuals, families, communities, and environments influence or effect individual development in a variety of ways. FCS was formerly known as “home economics,” but the name changed in the early 1990s to provide a more accurate depiction of the fact that FCS professionals study a broad range of issues surrounding individuals, families, and communities, rather than a sole focus on education related to managing the home or homemaking skills.
FCS is applied because professionals do not just focus on the “how” or “why” of the issues addressed; the discipline thrives on the “so what?” and “What are we going to do about it now?” Thus, students gain an understanding of the research and theories that help to explain or understand the issues, but they also are provided with practical solutions on how to address the issues surrounding individuals, families, and communities.
What is FCS – American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences [AAFCS]
FCS students should take pride in the fact that the interdisciplinary nature and versatile background they receive can expand their opportunities (e.g., see http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/08/19/cb.unusual.majors.jobs/), but one has to MAKE these opportunities happen. Our hope is that by exploring and participating in the Career Skillet website, students will receive many different skill-building techniques that help them as they plan for and begin a career as an FCS professional.
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES AREAS OF STUDY