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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Carson-Newman. We are proud of the reputation this program has achieved over the last century.The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is housed in Blye-Poteat Hall and the adjacent Child Development Laboratory, both featuring state-of-the-art technology allowing our graduates to compete for the best jobs in the careers of their choice. Please follow the links below for more information on Family and Consumer Sciences majors.

FCS News and Events
FCS Student Handbook 2020-2021
FCS New Student Scholarship

Child and Family Studies and Early Childhood Education
Consumer Services

Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Fashion Merchandising and Design

Foods and Nutrition Major and Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

Interior Design

Mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences: to prepare professionals as servant leaders with abilities to empower individuals, strengthen families, and enable communities to achieve an optimal quality of life in one of nine areas of specialization: child and family studies, consumer services, dietetics, early childhood education, family and consumer sciences, family and consumer sciences education, fashion merchandising and design, foods and nutrition, and interior design.

Faith and Learning Questions

Do Christians have a unique and greater responsibility to be good stewards of the gifts our Creator has bestowed upon us through:

1. our relationships - both families and those within our communities in which we live and serve?
2. our bodies?
3. our financial resources?
4. our environmental resources?

Retention Rates
While our overall C-N University retention rate stands at 67% for the Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 semesters, our FCS Department retention rate is 71%. 

Graduation Rates
For the 2014 freshmen cohort, our 150% graduation rate stands at 68% as all students in the 2014 cohort completed their degrees within the four-year time period. The University’s 150% graduation rate is 51%. Of the 2014 cohort, 69% of graduates in FCS programs graduated with honors while the overall University had 47% graduating with honors.

Praxis II Examination (http://www.ets.org/praxis/):
Five year pass rate on first attempt for 28 graduates sitting for the Praxis examinations (2014-2020) is 84%. For testers within one year of the first attempt, the pass rate is 85% for the same period.

Registered Dietitian (RDN) Examination (http://eatright.org/):
Three year pass rate on first attempt for 5 Didactic Program in Dietetics graduates sitting for the RDN examination (2017-2019) is 80%. For testers within one year of the first attempt, the pass rate is 100% for the same period.

Students Participating in C-N University Research, Creativity and Performance Day
During academic year 2018-2019, 28 of the 198 individual undergraduate presenters in RCPD were majors in FCS representing 14.1% of the combined University undergraduate participants. The event was not held in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic..

Membership in Honoraries
Majors in the FCS Department constitute the following percentages of membership in C-N honoraries for 2019-2020:

1. Alpha Chi Scholastic Honorary 2 of 55 members (3.6%)
2. Honors Program 7 of 70 students (10%)

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