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Family and Consumer Sciences Major

What is a Major in Family and Consumer Sciences?

Family and Consumer Sciences is a multidisciplinary program designed to prepare graduates to teach and support students, families, and communities as they make critical decisions about their well-being, relationships, and use of resources.

*Available to students graduating on or before Spring 2024*

Why Study Family and Consumer Sciences at Virginia Tech?

The major puts you on track for our Career and Technical Education master’s degree, which provides the credentials and experiences needed to be a licensed family and consumer sciences teacher. Financial security, housing, nutrition, health and wellness, personal and family relationships, and a sustainable quality of life are important issues that can be addressed by knowledge gained in the program.

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Family and Consumer Sciences Majors in Virginia

Careers and Further Study

What Can You Do with a major in Family and Consumer Sciences?

Jobs Held by Our Graduates

  • Community organizations
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Business and industry public affairs
  • Public relations

Beyond the Classroom

Experiential Learning

Continuing your Education 

Qualified graduates of the family and consumer sciences program are eligible to enroll in the Master of Science in career and technical education to complete their qualifications to become licensed teachers in middle and high school family and consumer sciences programs.

Scholarships are available for students planning to enter the career and technical education masters program through the School of Education. 

Continuing Your Education

Continuing Your Education
Professional Development

The Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences is an affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). It is an organization that represents and supports professionals interested in family and consumer sciences issues.  Student members participate in state and national programs and apply for scholarships.

Professional Development

Professional Development
Faculty Invested in You

Our small class sizes provide individualized attention while you are learning. Our faculty members are productive scholars, authors, and award-winning teachers who are always eager to mentor students.

Faculty Invested in You

Gain hands-on experience through internships. Our students complete internships closely aligned with their curriculum. Graduates pursue jobs in:

  • Community organizations
  • Cooperative extension
  • Business
  • Public affairs
  • Public relations

Bachelor of Science in Apparel Housing and Resource Management Degree

Family and Consumer Sciences Major Requirements

  • Family Financial Management
  • Housing Environments
  • Consumer Rights
  • Clothing and People
  • Human Nutrition and Foods
  • House Planning
  • Residential Drafting Lab
  • Intro to Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Minor and Elective Hours

Our program gives you the opportunity to build knowledge in another area by pursuing a minor, double major, or cognate.

120 hrs

B.S. Apparel Housing and Resource Management

45 hrs
General Education

63 hrs
Major Requirements

12 hrs


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