General Family & Consumer Studies Concentration Course Description

FACS 120 ORIENTATION IN FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES - One hour lecture; 1 credit.

This course is designed to provide an understanding of Family and Consumer Sciences and related disciplines. Examination of the history and philosophy, the curricula, professional opportunities and organizations is explored.

FACS 231 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RELATIONS - Three hours lecture; 3 credits.

This course teaches development of family members throughout the life cycle and their contributions to personal and group well-being. Attention is given to courtship and engagement as well as factors promoting satisfactory family relationships.

FACS 232 INTERIOR DESIGN - Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory; 3 credits.

This course deals with the planning, furnishing and decorating of living areas in the home. Emphasis is placed on proper selection of materials and objects in terms of their artistic quality.

FACS 250 CONSUMER EDUCATION Three hours lecture; 3 credits.

This course is a study of consumer problems including rights and responsibilities, legislation and fundamentals of buymanship.

FACS 341 ALCOHOLISM AND FAMILY SUBSTANCE ABUSE - Three hours lecture; 3 credits.

Families in the United States, from colonial days to the present have been affected by alcohol abuse. This course will focus on the effect on alcoholism and substance abuse on urban family life. Preventive strategies will be explored and evaluated. Students will be asked to participate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Programs.

FACS 342 EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT - Three hours lecture; 3 credits.

This course includes a survey of the child from conception through age eight. Area included are the principles of development as they relate to the emotional, physical, mental, cultural and social welfare of the child.

FACS 346 NURSERY SCHOOL OBSERVATIONS AND PRACTICES - One hour lecture, two hours laboratory; 2 credits.

This course consists of the study and observation of the behavior and guidance of young children to learn conditions under which guidance can be more effective. Two hours weekly in an approved nursery school are required. Prerequisite: FACS 342

FACS 351 FAMILY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - Three hours lecture; 3 credits.

This course is a comprehensive approach to utilizing effective management processes of one of the most vital segments of our lives - THE HOME, These management processes will include communication, decision-making, feedback, goal setting, planning, implementing and evaluating through current readings, class problems and projects.

FACS 355 PARENTING - Three hours lecture; three credits.

This course focuses on parenting influences and parental roles in meeting children's needs. Emphasis will be placed on children's emotional needs, social, intellectual and moral development.

FACS 360 HUMAN SEXUALITY AND BEHAVIOR - Three hours lecture; 3 credits.

This course focuses on the dynamics of human sexual development and orientation, reproductive health and the psychological and emotional aspects of sexual behavior. Emphasis is placed on the historical, cultural, social, legal and moral forces affecting sexual issues. Current research findings will be explored.

FACS 421 EXIT SEMINAR IN FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES - Three hours lecture; 3 credits.

This course provides an opportunity for exploration of research on selected topics in Family and Consumer Sciences.

FACS 423 INDEPENDENT STUDIES IN FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES - Three hours lecture; 3 credits.

This course provides an opportunity for individual research and presentation of results.

FACS 452 FAMILY HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT - Three hours;3 credits.

This course will examine contemporary American housing policies and issues. Specific focus will be directed to the economic, social, cultural, and political constraints and opportunities in the American housing delivery system.

FACS 473 ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES - Three hours; 3 credits.

This is a seminar course designed to assist students in the conceptualization, development, and management of a small business. The course will focus on options for operating a business from home, successful mail order practices, consignment agreements, and store front operations.

FACS 112 PRINCIPLES OF CLOTHING - One hour lecture, three hours laboratory, 3 credits.

This course teaches recognition and the use of fibers, yarns, and fabric construction and finishes, as well as basic garment construction using commercial patterns

FACS 380 FASHION MERCHANDISING - Three lecture hours, 3 credits.

This course is a survey of the field of fashion merchandising and the principles of retailing. Emphasis is on the activities, operations, and practices in retailing. Course content will include: when and how to buy, coordination of buyers' activities, pricing, problems involved in mark-downs, methods of inventory, and fashion trends.

FACS 381 FASHION PROMOTION - Three hours lecture; 3 credits.

This course examines the principles and procedures in promoting the sale of apparel and related merchandise. It provides direct application of the principles and methods of display and advertising techniques and the use of electronic media. Prerequisite: FACS 380.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM FOR FACS MAJORS

All students majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) are required to take the National Family and Consumer Sciences Examination during their senior year. However, students may choose to take the exam in their junior year. Students are expected to pass with a score of 70% before they are allowed to graduate. Multiple attempts are allowed. The dates for the exam will be posted within the department one month in advance of the sitting date. Upon passing the exam, the student will be certified in Family and Consumer Sciences through the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.