Make a Difference in Your Community with a Family and Consumer Sciences Degree
Do you have a passion for enriching the lives of others by training them in ways to live healthy and holistic lives? We have created our family and consumer sciences (FACS) degree program to provide the skills and knowledge you need to educate and make positive changes in the lives of others.
Family and consumer science is a broad field of study and covers topics including child development, nutrition, child life programs, career planning, and parenting. Our core curriculum explores all of these areas in depth. As you pursue this degree program, you have the option to choose elective courses in areas that most interest you and meet your career goals. Graduates of our bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences have gained the skills in interpersonal communication, consumer trends, human nutrition, and more, and find success in the career field of their choice.
Why Choose Liberty’s Family and Consumer Sciences Program?
At Liberty, we want you to be fully prepared to enter your chosen career field upon graduation. So, we’ve made sure that while you’re studying with us and even after you graduate, you have the education, resources, and experiential opportunities you need to excel in your field.
One of the most valuable resources to you in our family and consumer sciences program is our professors. As a teaching university, we have ensured that your professors in the classroom with you every week are experts in the field. These professors care about getting to know you personally, so they can mentor you and pass on the knowledge they’ve gained from their years of experience.
We believe one of the best ways to learn is through hands-on experience. That’s why your FACS degree will include an internship opportunity. You’ll also get to study under professionals in your field to make sure you are ready for your career.
What Will You Learn in Our Family and Consumer Sciences Program?
With a degree from our family and consumer sciences program, you can be well prepared to go into your chosen field upon graduation. The curriculum focuses on understanding the needs of families and communities so that you can make a positive impact. Core studies include learning the principles of food and food safety, human nutrition, family economic decisions, child life and development programs, and parenting.
Additionally, an important aspect of enriching people’s lives is giving them spaces and clothing that are comfortable, and that they can call their own. That’s why you’ll study topics like interior and apparel design. These valuable courses provide opportunities to work with families and guide them to make the best decisions for their lives.
FACS 103 – Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences
This course provides a survey of the historical and philosophical development of the field of family and consumer sciences with a focus on career opportunities.
FACS 350 – Family Economic Decisions
This course highlights the theory and application of financial management principles related to the family throughout the life cycle. There will be a focus on an analysis of the relationship between family values and use of resources.
FACS 455 – Family and Individual Resource Management
This course reviews the management of resources in balancing the multiple roles and responsibilities of family members, including the application of critical thinking to resolve issues, prioritize, and set goals.
Take advantage of our Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences – Event Planning degree and learn how to professionally plan and execute events.
- Certified wedding planner and consultant
- Conference planner
- Event and meeting planner
- Event coordinator and consultant
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Professional and Creative Industries
Take advantage of our Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences – Professional and Creative Industries degree and learn about the creative industries from photography and writing to interiors and design.
- Fashion designer
- Interior designer
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Highlights of Our Family and Consumer Sciences Program
- Our family and consumer sciences program ranked #1 in the state of Virginia.
- The required internship towards the end of this degree provides hands-on experience and the potential for a job offer once completed.
- Numerous on-campus clubs allow students to connect with classmates and professionals in the field. These clubs include:
- Family and Child Development Association
- Interior Design Association
- Fashion Design and Merchandising Association
- Event Planning Society
- FACS Honor Society
Family and Consumer Sciences Program Information
Career Opportunities for Family and Consumer Sciences Graduates
- Adult or Child Care Administrator
- Extension Agent
- Event Planner
- Wedding Planner
- High School Teacher
- Middle School Teacher
- Pre-school Teacher/Administrator
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.