Family and Consumer Sciences

FACULTY Professors Davidson; Associate Professors Brandes, Choi (chair), Randall, Wolfe; Assistant Professors Newell, Olds.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers majors in community wellnessdieteticsfamily and consumer sciences educationhospitality leadership; and retail merchandising. Students may also choose to major in general family and consumer sciences, which allows flexibility.

The department also offers a minor in family and consumer sciences.

Career opportunities continue to expand in the fast-growing fields represented by this interdisciplinary department.  Careers in teaching, family and consumer sciences related business, social welfare, community health and wellness, dietetics, family and consumer sciences extension, family and child services, hospitality, and fashion and retail merchandising can all result from degree programs in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Departmental Requirements

All family and consumer sciences students must meet the following family and consumer sciences core requirements listed below and professional work experience, as well as the required courses for their chosen major. Students must take a minimum of 38 hours in FCS courses.

Family and Consumer Sciences Core

  • FCS 140 Introduction to Family & Consumer Sciences - 2 hrs.
  • FCS 246 Family Systems and Applications - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 440 Family Relations - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 400 Senior Seminar in Family & Consumer Sciences - 1 hr.

    Total 12

    Required Professional Work Experience (0–13 credit hours, depending on major):

    • FCS 375, FCS 475 Hospitality Practicum I and II (required for FCSHLP)  - 6 credit hours
    • FCS 460 Retail Merchandising Practicum (required for FCSF) - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 461 Practicum in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics (required for FCSD) - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 462, FCS 463 Community Wellness Praticum I and II (required for FCSCW) - 6 hrs.
    • EHS 301 Cooperative Education - 0–3 hrs.
    • ETE 499 Student Teaching in the Secondary School (required for FCST) - 10–13  

    Community Wellness Major

    A major in community wellness is an interdisciplinary, community-focused program that will prepare graduates to develop programs and materials to help individuals and community groups make healthy lifestyle choices. Through an innovative program, students will understand the concept of community wellness, disease prevention, and optimal well-being. A strong background in the natural sciences and a required minor in sociology will equip students to address community wellness issues, including healthcare, social, physiological, psychological, and nutritional health.

    Graduates with a B.S. in community wellness will be competitive for jobs in public health: health education, social service agencies, healthcare providers, private and non-profit organizations such as local and state health departments, hospitals, agencies such as the American Red Cross, American Lung Association, and Dairy Council, and other human services groups. Graduates will also be well prepared to enter graduate school in a variety of programs, such as public health and health education.

    University Requirements: 36 hours

    Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete requirements in general education. Students in this major should choose the following:

    • (FS) CHM 100 Fundamentals of General Chemistry - 3 hrs.
    • (FS) CHM 101 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
    • (MA) MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
    • (SF) PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
    • Others as advised and required by the General Education program and the required Sociology Minor.

    Family and Consumer Sciences Core: 12 hours

    See above for complete listing of FCS core.

    Required Professional Work Experience

    • FCS 462 and 463, Community Wellness Practicum I and II - 8 hrs.

    Additional Required FCS Courses: 22 hours

    • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
    • FCS 171 Sanitation Health, and Safety - 3 hrs.       
    • FCS 203 Health, Safety, and Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Healthcare - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.                               
    • FCS 306 Community Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 307 Life Cycle Nutrition - 3 hrs.                  

    Required Supporting Courses: 25 hours

    • BIO 111 Introduction to Cell Biology – 3 hrs.
    • BIO 200 Human Anatomy and Physiology – 3 hrs.                     
    • CHM 100 Fundamentals of General Chemistry - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 101 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
    • CHM 150 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry - 2 hrs.
    • CHM 160 Fundamentals of Biochemistry - 2 hrs.
    • CHM 161 Organic-Biochemistry Laboratory for Health Sciences - 1 hr.
    • CHM 302 or NUR 391 Medical Terminology - 1 hr.
    • NUR 263 Introduction to Personal and Community Health - 3 hrs.
    • PSY 201 Brain and Behavior - 3 hrs.
    • PSY 303 Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 3 hrs.

    Required Sociology Minor: 15 hours

    (9 hours must be at the 300 level or above)

    • SOC 100 The Sociological Perspective - 3 hrs.
    • SOC 240 Research Methods or SOC 320 Social Theory - 3 hrs.
    • 9 hours (based on availability and advisement)

    Open Electives for Student Personalization - 15 hours

    Selected in consultation with advisor.

    Dietetics Major

    Careers in health care, community and public health, wellness, foods science, foodservice, product development, food marketing, communication, and business consulting offer many diverse opportunities for graduates in this major. Students choosing the dietetic major will be enrolled in the didactic program in dietetics (DPD). The DPD at Bradley University is currently granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600. CADE is currently recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). Students who graduate from this program with an overall GPA or 3.0/4.0 will receive a verification statement that will allow them to pursue a CADE-accredited dietetic internship to take the national registration examination to become registered dietitians.

    University Requirements

    Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete requirements in general education. Within the Math; Cultural Diversity and Social Forces; and Science categories, students in this concentration should choose the following:

    • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
    • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 100 Fundamentals of General Chemistry - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 101 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
    • CHM 150 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry - 2 hrs.

    Family & Consumer Sciences Core: 12 hours

    See “Family and Consumer Sciences Core” above.

    Required Professional Work Experience

    • FCS 461 Practicum in Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics - 3 hrs.

    Additional Required FCS Courses: 42 hours

    • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
    • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 306 Community Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 307 Life Cycle Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 309 Investigation of Food Topics - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 405 Food Service Systems - 4 hrs.
    • FCS 407 Nutritional Assessment - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 408 Management in Food Service - 4 hrs.
    • FCS 410 Advanced Nutrition - 4 hrs.
    • FCS 411 Medical Nutrition Therapy I - 4 hrs.
    • FCS 412 Medical Nutrition Therapy II – 4 hrs.

    Required Supporting Courses: 29–32 hours

    • CHM 161 Organic-Biochemistry Laboratory for Health Sciences - 1 hr.
    • CHM 160 Fundamentals of Biochemistry - 2 hrs.
    • BIO 111 Introduction to Cell Biology - 4 hrs.
    • BIO 200 Human Anatomy and Physiology - 3 hrs.
    • BIO 202 Microbiology and Immunology - 4 hrs.
    • BIO 203 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab - 2 hrs.
    • BIO 205 Pathophysiology - 3 hrs.
    • BMA 352 Management and Organization Theory or PSY 310* Industrial and Organizational Psychology - 3 hrs.
    • MTG 315 Principles of Marketing - 3 hrs.
    • A 3-hour course in Learning Theory - 3 hrs.
    • Suggest: FCS 341 Human Development through the Lifespan or PSY 302 Psychology of Learning or PSY 304 Developmental Psychology
    • CHM 302 Medical Terminology - 1 hr.

    * Prerequisites for PSY 310 are PSY 104 and PSY 205 or equivalent, which may increase the total hours of required supporting courses

    Required Certificate

    Certificate in Food Service Sanitation by State of Illinois; to be completed before enrolling in FCS 405 and FCS 408. Proof of liability insurance is required for students enrolling in FCS 405 and 408.

    Family And Consumer Sciences Education

    Students who choose the family and consumer sciences education program (FCST) can meet Illinois certification requirements for teaching family and consumer sciences in junior and senior high schools. Graduates receiving certification have found employment in public schools throughout the United States.

    All students must complete the family and consumer sciences core. Student teaching (ETE 499) fulfills the professional work experience requirement. As in any good program, revisions are being made continually; students should consult the Department of Teacher Education chair about current program requirements. Secondary education teacher candidates should refer to the teacher education department for requirements in professional education courses for secondary education. Candidates will have an advisor in both Family and Consumer Sciences and in the Department of Teacher Education.

    FCST Foundational Requirements

    These courses are required for all secondary education majors in family and consumer sciences.

    • **FCS 140 Introduction to Family & Consumer Sciences - 2 hrs.
    • **FCS 246 Family Systems and Applications - 3 hrs.
    • **FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
    • **FCS 341 Human Development Through the Lifespan - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 342 Child Development Laboratory - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 440 Family Relations - 3 hrs.
    • **FCS 400 Sr. Seminar in Family & Consumer Sciences 1 
      Total 18

    **FCS Core Requirement

    A minimum of 38 semester hours in family and consumer sciences, including the family and consumer sciences core, is required for all family and consumer sciences majors. Students should choose courses in the following concentrations:

    Nutrition, and Wellness and Hospitality

    Choose 12 hours from the following courses:

    • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
    • FCS 203 Health, Safety and Nutrition or FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 306 Community Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 309 Investigation of Food Topics - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 405 Food Service Systems or FCS 408 Management in Food Service - 3 hrs.

    Apparel and Textiles

    Choose 12 hours from the following courses:

    • FCS 130 Clothing and Human Behavior - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 133 Apparel Production - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 233 Consumer Textiles - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 231 Pattern Making (3); or FCS 332 Advanced Clothing Construction (3); or FCS 330 Fashion Merchandising (3) and FCS 331 Fashion Show Production (1) 3 or 4
    • FCS 235 Apparel Product and Development - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 334 Visual Merchandising and Promotion - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 335 Survey of Fashion Designers - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 336 History of Fashion - 3 hrs.

    Living Environments

    Choose 12 hours from the following courses:

    • FCS 233 Consumer Textiles - 3 hrs.
    • **FCS 246 Family Systems and Applications - 3 hrs.
    • **FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 334 Visual Merchandising and Promotion - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 357 Housing and Interior Design - 3 hrs.

    **FCS Core Requirement

    Hospitality Leadership

    The Hospitality Leadership degree program (HLP) at Bradley University prepares students for careers in the industry including such options as foodservice, lodging, event planning, and tourism. Current estimates show that the industry employs over 10 million people, and employers seek graduates with a hospitality degree.  This industry is projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs/careers to the economy.

    The HLP major at Bradley prepares students for successful careers through coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, including 640 hours of internship experience, and globalization exposure. In addition, HLP majors, under the supervision of their academic advisor, are required to select an undergraduate minor from management, marketing, or professional sales, further setting them apart as highly prepared, qualified, and experienced professionals. Today’s hospitality professional also needs global exposure and each HLP major must become a Global Scholar (http://www.bradley.edu/academics/ehs/documents/GlobalScholarsBrochure.pdf) or complete at least one study abroad session (http://studyabroad.bradley.edu/). Further, qualified students are strongly encouraged to minor in a foreign language.

    Supporting Requirements  

    • ATG 157 Accounting Principles
    • ECO 100 Introduction to Economics   (meets General Education requirement)
    • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology  (meets General Education requirement)
    • CHM 100 Fundamentals of General Chemistry (meets General Education requirement)
    • BIO 101 Life Sciences I (meets General Education requirement)
    • MTG 315 Principles of Marketing
    • BMA 352 Managing in Organizations

    Family & Consumer Sciences Core   13 hours

    See “Family and Consumer Sciences Core” above.

    Required Professional Work Experience  

    • FCS 375; FCS 475  - 6 credit hours

    Additional Required FCS Courses 45 credit hours

    • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 credit hours
    • FCS 170 Hospitality Leadership - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 171 Sanitation, Health, and Safety - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 172 Hospitality Practices I - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 270 Event Planning - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 272 Facility Services I - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 301 Nutrition Today - 3
    • FCS 370 Hospitality Management Accounting - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 372 Facility Services II - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 375 Hospitality Practicum I  - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 376 Hospitality Seminar I - 1 credit hour
    • FCS 405 Food Service Systems  - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 408 Management in Food Service  - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 470 Special Topics in Hospitality Businesses  - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 475 Hospitality Practicum II - 3 credit hours
    • FCS 476 Hospitality Seminar II - 1 credit hour

    Required Minor: Option I, II, or III

    • Option I 15 credit hours 
      A management minor described in this catalog under the Business Management and Administration Department, Foster College of Business Administration.
    • Option II 15 credit hours
      A marketing minor described in this catalog under the Marketing Department, Foster College of Business Administration.
    • Option III 15 credit hours
      A professional sales minor described in this catalog under the Marketing Department, Foster College of Business Administration.

    Required Certificate
    Certificate in Food Service Sanitation (required by State of Illinois) to be completed before enrolling in FCS 405 and FCS 408.  Proof of liability insurance is required for students enrolling in FCS 405 and 408.

    General Family And Consumer Sciences

    This flexible curriculum is designed for students who have interest areas in family and consumer sciences other than specific majors offered by the department at Bradley University. Examples of interest areas appropriate for this major include foods, nutrition, apparel, textiles, living environments, child development and family relationships, or careers in cooperative extension services. The major requires a minimum of 38 Family and Consumer Sciences hours, including the Family and Consumer Sciences core.

    University Requirements

    Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete requirements in General Education. Within the Cultural Diversity and Social Forces General Education category, students in this major should choose the following:

    • ECO 100 Introduction to Economics

    or

    • ECO 221 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
    • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.

    Family and Consumer Sciences Core: 12 hours

    See above for complete listing of FCS core.

    Required Professional Work Experience

    Choose one of the following:

    • FCS 460 Retail Merchandising Practicum - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 461 Practicum in Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics - 3 hrs.
    • EHS 301 Cooperative Education Internship - 0–3 hrs.

    Additional Required FCS courses:

    1. Foods and Nutrition (choose at least two)

    • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
    • FCS 203 Health, Safety and Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 304 Sports and Exercise Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 306 Community Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 309 Investigation of Food Topics - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 405 Food Service Systems - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 406 Issues and Trends in Foods and Nutrition - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 407 Nutritional Assessment - 2 hrs.
    • FCS 408 Management in Food Service - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 410 Advanced Nutrition - 4 hrs.
    • FCS 411 Medical Nutrition Therapy I - 4 hrs.

    2. Clothing and Textiles (choose at least two)

    • FCS 130 Clothing in Contemporary Society - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 133 Apparel Production - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 231 Pattern Making - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 233 Consumer Textiles - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 235 Apparel Product and Development - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 330 Fashion Merchandising - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 331 Fashion Merchandising Laboratory - 1 hr.
    • FCS 332 Advanced Clothing Construction - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 333 Advanced Textiles - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 334 Visual Merchandising and Promotion - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 338 The World of Fashion I - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 433 Issues and Trends in Apparel and Textiles - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 438 Global Trends in Apparel and Textiles - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 536 The World of Fashion II - 3 hrs.

    3. Human Ecology (choose at least two)

    • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
    • **FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 357 Housing and Interior Design - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 359 Applied Projects in Interior Design - 3 hrs.

    4. Child/Family (choose at least two)

    • **FCS 246 Family Systems and Applications - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 307 Life Cycle Nutrition - 2 hrs.
    • FCS 341 Human Development Through the Lifespan - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 342 Child Development Laboratory - 3 hrs.
    • FCS 440 Family Relations (choice within core) 3

    Total FCS hours for the major: 38 hours

    *Some courses require prerequisites that will add additional hours.
    **FCS Core Requirement

    Retail Merchandising

    Graduates in this area are prepared for careers in merchandising, sales, operations, buying, and other related areas in the retail fashion industry. A minor in business management or marketing is required for this major.

    University Requirements

    Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete requirements in General Education. Within the Math; Cultural Diversity and Social Forces; and Sciences categories, students in this major should choose the following courses:

    • CHM 100 Fundamentals of General Chemistry - 3 hrs.
    • CHM 101 Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
    • ECO 100 or ECO 221 - 3 hrs.
    • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.

    Students must complete a minimum of 38 hours in FCS courses: 38 hrs.

    Family and Consumer Sciences Core: 12 hrs.

      Required Professional Work Experience: 3 hrs.

      • FCS 460 Retail Merchandising Practicum - 3 hrs.

      Additional Required FCS Courses: 31 hours
      (must earn C or better in each of these courses)

      • FCS 130 Clothing and Human Behavior - 3 hrs.
      • FCS 133 Apparel Production - 3 hrs.
      • FCS 233 Consumer Textiles - 3 hrs.
      • FCS 235 Apparel Product Development and Analysis - 3 hrs.
      • FCS 330 Fashion Merchandising - 3 hrs.
      • FCS 331 Merchandising Lab - 1 hr.
      • FCS 333 Advanced Textiles - 3 hrs.
      • FCS 334 Visual Merchandising and Promotions - 3 hrs.
      • FCS 336 History of Fashion - 3 hrs.
      • FCS 438 Global Issues of Textile and Apparel - 3 hrs.
      • Select a minimum of 3 hours from the following electives: FCS 231, 270, 332, 335, 338, or 357.

      Required Supporting Courses: 6 hours

      • ART 227 Basic Graphic Design - 3 hrs.
      • MTG 381 Integrated Marketing Communications or COM 220 Advertising as Communication - 3 hrs.

      Required Minor: Option I or Option II

      Option I - 15 hours

      A management minor described in this catalog under the Business Management and Administration Department, Foster College of Business Administration.

      Option II - 15 hours

      A marketing minor described in this catalog under the Marketing Department Foster College of Business Administration. 

      Family And Consumer Sciences Minor - 15 hours

      The minor in family and consumer sciences enhances other career options, provides career flexibility, and enhances personal knowledge. This minor will allow students to choose courses within:

      • General Family and Consumer Sciences
      • Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics
      • Apparel and Textiles/Interior Design
      • Child Development/Family Relationships

      Transfer policies for minors are the same as for family and consumer sciences majors. Prior approval of transfer credit must be secured from the chair of Family and Consumer Sciences. The requirements for a minor in family and consumer sciences are:

      1. FCS 300 Consumer Issues In America - 3 hrs.
      2. FCS electives: 12 hours (9 hours must be in Family and Consumer Sciences courses above the 200 level.