Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). We are pleased that you have chosen to visit our website. We offer programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science, as well as, several degree minors, certificate programs, and opportunities to enter a dietetic internship. We are the largest Family and Consumer Sciences program on the west coast and are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. In addition, our option areas also hold a variety of discipline-specific accreditations.

Our faculty, many of whom are noted in their fields, are devoted to serving and teaching students. Our valued lecturers have vast experience in their field and enthusiastically share this information in the classroom.

The mission of FCS is to prepare leaders for the family and consumer sciences professions. We are an exemplary, comprehensive and integrative unit in the California State University system that focuses on teaching, scholarship and service to and about individuals, families, and communities in a diverse, dynamic society.

Noteworthy news in FCS is an upcoming addition and renovation of the Child and Family Center. We will be welcoming student-parent families for the first time upon completion of this $12 million dollar renovation. We plan to open doors of the re-imagined Center in the 2024-2025 academic year.

Recently, FCS has stepped up efforts around diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within the department. We are working with experts, participating in trainings and workshops, and implementing what we have learned in our workspace and our classrooms.

Thank you for considering our program for your academic needs. Please feel free to contact us with questions or to obtain needed information. We look forward to welcoming you into our department.


Wendy Reiboldt, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Chair




Scholarship Info

Spring 2023 Scholarships
Beach Scholarship

Scholarship Info - California Affiliate

Deadline for CA-AFCS Scholarships Applications: April 1, 2023, CA-AFCS flyer for scholarships 2020 (PDF) CA-AFCS recipients 2008-2020 (PDF) Several $1,500 scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring within the field of Family and Consumer Sciences, including Nutrition and Dietetics Fashion and Apparel Child and Family Studies Interior Design Family.




Bachelor of Arts: Consumer Affairs; Child Development & Family Studies; and Fashion Merchandising & Design-- (Also know as Home Economics)

Bachelor of Sciences: Food & Nutrition, and Hospitality Management

  • The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • The Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics are accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • The Child and Family Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Family Life Education is approved by the National Council on Family Relations.
  • The Hospitality Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.