Family and Consumer Sciences Education

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Dr. Chang-Ok Choi
Department Chair

The Degree

Bradley’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in FCS High School Education.

The program prepares graduates for careers teaching Family and Consumer Sciences in high school settings. All majors complete education courses, a semester of student teaching and 38 hours of FCS courses. Those courses include 12 hours of core requirements in one or more concentrations:

  • Nutrition
  • Hospitality Leadership
  • Community Wellness
  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Living Environments

State and National Accreditation:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 

Students in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program may meet Illinois licensure requirements for teaching

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers both a local and global focus, empowering graduates to respond to diverse and complex family and consumer issues. Family and Consumer Sciences majors may complete an international concentration. This program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences selects two freshmen each year to be the “Mildred Arnold Scholar” and the “C.C. Wheeler Scholar” with an accompanying annual scholarship of up to $4,000. These scholarships are renewed annually for up to four years providing the student maintains a minimum GPA of 3.00 and completes the scholarship requirements.


Students in Bradley’s Family and Consumer Sciences program work directly with faculty who create a close-knit community by being dedicated teachers, mentors and advisors. They have published in national journals including the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly. Faculty have presented research (often done with the help of students) at the International Academy of Nutrition and Aging in New Mexico and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Meeting.

Opportunities at Bradley

Outside the classroom, Bradley Family and Consumer Sciences Education majors participate in co-curricular and cooperative learning experiences, including off-site study in Europe, Chicago and New York. Students can participate in the Bradley University Fashion Focus organization, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, Bradley Student Dietetic Association and the new Bradley Hospitality Association.

Beyond Bradley

In recent years, Bradley Family and Consumer Sciences Education graduates enjoy a placement rate as high as 100 percent. Bradley alumni have held or currently hold significant positions nationally such as consumer education teachers, health promotion flight commander at the Health and Wellness Center at F.E. Warren Air Force Base and an exercise consultant at Millennium Health and Fitness Club. They have worked as nutrition and fitness editors, in marketing principles at Kraft Foods and as an interior stylist at Visual Merchandising at Nordstrom’s Oak Brook Store. Graduates have continued their education at the University of California-San Francisco, Pennsylvania State University, Northwestern University, University of Iowa and Loyola University.