Family and Consumer Sciences Course List
A personal and societal approach to the study of clothing and its importance in people's lives. Social, psychological, and economic forces that affect clothing behavior of individuals and groups. Fundamentals of clothing and textiles importance to consumers.
Principles of visual presentation of housing designs. Introduction to hand and computer drafting.
A study of costume worn by people in historical and contemporary periods. Coverage of the evolution and development of Western costume. Use of fashion, clothing, and design terminology. Influence of historic costume on contemporary fashion and design.
Overview of family financial management. Analysis of financial situations of individuals and families; assessment of needs for cash and credit management, insurance, tax savings, and investments; introduction to components of a comprehensive family financial plan.
Role of consumers in society and in national and international markets. Consumer rights, responsibilities, policies, regulations and redress. Consumer decision making and planned buying. Current consumer issues such as: product safety, food, health care, housing, environmental impact, banking, credit and insurance from an intercultural perspective.
Principles of space planning and housing design in relation to individual and family activities, needs, and preferences. Introduction to house construction. Reading visual presentations of housing designs.
Principles underlying the selection, use and care of equipment and lighting in the home and the infrastructure that supports home technologies.
Basic principles of home technologies and their applications in the home. Co: 2614.
Overview of housing as it relates to consumer needs, values, lifestyles, norms and constraints. Includes structural and tenure alternatives, financial and legal considerations, house design, neighborhood choices, the home buying process, and future directions in housing. Government aspects focus on the history of federal involvement in housing, major housing programs, role of state and local government, and current housing issues and policies.
Basic design elements and principles in housing products and spaces. Qualities of spatial elements and housing products. The design process as used to explore the selection and application of these elements and products for specific user needs in housing environments. Pre: 1624
Introduction to resource management concepts and theories with application to personal and family life goals. Discussion of values, goals, decision making, planning, and communication in relation to the management process. Application of the management process to the use of resources, time, finances, stress, and the environment. Pre: 2304
Overview of the role of housing in family life and society throughout the history of the United States. Exploration of the impact of technology, resources, and societal values on the design and style of housing and products used in the home.
Housing and Property Management study abroad trip or Apparel Study abroad trip.
Analysis of the effectiveness of consumer protection efforts. Examination of government laws, regulations, and agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as the effectiveness of both business and private consumer protection efforts.
A study of the development and management of sustainable housing, emphasizing energy and environmental resource efficiency.
Evaluation and design of commercial and residential environments with consideration for accessibility, adaptation, safety, and support of the user(s).
Internship in the Family and Consumer Sciences Field.
Generally involves extensive reading and tutorial sessions with the faculty supervisor and also may involve written papers or creative projects/designs. The subject usually is a continuation in greater depth of a topic covered in a regular course, allowing students to study topics of particular individual interest.
Undergraduate Research is an individual research project carried out under faculty supervision. The student defines the research topic, proposes a methodology, carries out the research, and writes a report or completes a creative project/design.