Family & Consumer Sciences

FACS Overview

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, formerly the Department of Home Economics, offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with two comprehensive tracks; Fashion Merchandising and General Family and Consumer Studies. The department's curriculum encompasses the study of relationships among people in their personal spaces, focusing on the impact of the physical, biological, social and economic environments, and their effects on human behavior and development.
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences prepares students with competencies and skills required for public service to address ongoing changes and new developments in goods and services. The department conducts research to implement progress that will improve family life in urban populations. Through collaborative relationships, the department enhances the viability and quality of family life in the communities served by the University.

Welcome Message from the Department

Dear Prospective Student:
Faculty and Staff welcome you to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Morgan State University. Whether you are a high school graduate or transferring from another post-secondary institution, our department is ready to assist you in preparing for exciting career opportunities in the areas of fashion merchandising, education, childcare administration, and general family and consumer studies.
The department prepares students for the Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with tracks in Fashion Merchandising and General Family and Consumer Studies.

The General Family and Consumer Studies Track provide students with courses from various content areas within the    department. The curriculum prepares students for diverse careers. The curriculum includes studies in food and nutrition, child development, education, family and human relations, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, resource management, housing, clothing, and textiles. Students who desire to teach grades 7 through 12 must pass Praxis I and II to become certified by the Maryland State Department of Education. Career opportunities are available in educational settings, community and extension services, businesses, and government programs.

The Fashion Merchandising Track brings together perspectives from art, business management, computer technology, natural sciences, and social sciences. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn about various aspects of the fashion industry, including distribution and consumption of textiles, design, production, evaluation, clothing, accessories, and interior design. Out of class experiences consisting of service-learning activities and internships provide additional preparation for chosen careers. Successful completion of the program prepares students to work in entry-level management positions in the broad field of fashion, emphasizing retail products and services. Career opportunities include fashion designers, fashion accessories designers, buyers, retailers, marketing, clothing designers, and related professions.

By joining our Department, you make a great choice in advancing opportunities in a people centered science for your future. We look forward to working with you.

Dr. Jacqueline M. Holland, CFCS
Interim Departmental Director

Department Tracks

Fashion Merchandising

This track offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in retail and wholesale buying, merchandising, fashion coordination, publicity, sales, and marketing. Courses are designed to give students maximum exposure to business and management concepts so as to allow qualified students the opportunity to move rapidly into areas of management. A part of the program includes an industry work-study internship.

General Family and Consumer Sciences

This track is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in schools, colleges, extension services, businesses, federal programs, and child care. *Students who desire to teach Grades 7 through 12 or Early Childhood Education must pass Praxis I and II to be certified.