Welcome to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) at Illinois State University! Our department offers applied fields of study that focus on enhancing the lives of individuals, their families and communities.
Five distinct programs prepare students to work in their specific area of interest:
Each is an area of study that focuses on the well-being of individuals, family and communities, and graduates are prepared to work in specialized fields related to each area of study. Whether focused on sustainable clothing, healthy diets, rewarding relationships, pleasing environments or teaching the next generation, graduates are prepared to meet the challenges of today’s global environment.
Family and Consumer Sciences, like Illinois State University, provides a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. Faculty are available to provide individualized attention in and out of the classroom to promote learning and scholarship. They encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom by promoting civic engagement and diversity. Each area has active student clubs where students learn more about their area and have opportunities to develop their leadership skills.
Our department is one of fewer than 50 programs in the United States accredited by the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Our dietetics programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), and interior design by Council on Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
Explore our FCS website to learn more about each of our programs, faculty and the opportunities available to students.
Dr. Marla Reese-Weber
Interim Department Chair