Bachelor of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers students a Bachelor of Arts degree in six option areas of study
• Child Development and Family Studies
• Consumer Affairs
• Family and Consumer Sciences Education
• Family Life Education
• Fashion Merchandising
• Textiles and Clothing
Requirements for all majors include a minimum of 120 units for the Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition to general education requirements (51 units), a minimum of 40 units in Family and Consumer Sciences must be completed, 24 of which must be upper division. Students transferring from another college or university will receive transfer credit in required courses if the course is equivalent to the course at this University and it is first accepted by the University.
Specific degree and certificate information as well as option requirements are listed under each option alphabetically in this Catalog.
Consumer Affairs provides students with a foundation in Consumer Advocacy, Personal Financial Management, and Housing Services. The program focuses on how businesses, government agencies, and community organizations interact with families and consumers. Career opportunities could include: consumer credit counselor, consumer protection agent, consumer educator, financial counselor, marketing consultant, sales representative, customer service representative, paralegal, property manager, housing counselor, homeless coordinator.
Option in Consumer Affairs (code FCS_BA03) (120 units)
ACCT 201; ECON 100 and 101 or 300; ENGL 101, 317, 417, 418, or 419; CAFF 223, 226, 228, 321, 322, 420, 422, 425, 426, 429, 492C or three units of FCSE 497; CDFS 312I; FCSE 299, 387, 486, 499; MKTG 300, 490; PSY 100; SOC 100; C/LA 250 or SOC 250, plus 9 units of advisor approved electives. Each course on the student’s program planner must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. In addition, a course in which a grade lower than “C” is received must be retaken and successfully completed prior to enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite. A student receiving a grade lower than a “C” may proceed with other courses with approval of the Consumer Affairs Area Coordinator.
Minor in Consumer Affairs (code FCS_UM01)
Eighteen units as approved by a Consumer Affairs faculty advisor. Nine units of required courses include: CAFF 223, 226, 322; and 9 upper division units selected from CAFF 420, 422, 425, 426, and 429 are required to complete the minor.
The Minor in Consumer Affairs is available to any non-Consumer Affairs major.