Family and Consumer Sciences

Are you seeking a challenging and rewarding career, dedicated to enhancing the relationships among individuals, families, and communities? The Family and Consumer Sciences major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with a broad customizable curriculum, featuring courses in family relations, textiles, life span development, home planning, resource management, community nutrition, architectural drafting, personal and family finance, food economics, interior and apparel construction, and many more. Our program produces graduates who pursue promising careers in business, industry, government, non-profit agencies, and other organizations; serving as pioneers in improving individual, family, and community well-being; impacting the development, delivery, and evaluation of consumer goods and services; influencing the creation of corporate and legislative policy; and shaping societal change to enhance the human condition.

As a Family and Consumer Sciences major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits our program offers include:

  • Expert Faculty, all of whom have been practitioners in their field and received numerous awards for their teaching methods. They have cultivated a rigorous applied learning environment, including opportunities for laboratory experimentation and observational studies, field trips to local community service and consumer centers, undergraduate research, and service learning projects. They provide their students with individual attention, mentoring, and professional connections in the community.
  • Hands-On Learning for course credit, by working with professionals in a transformative internship program, which provides students with experience in the field, connections within the community, a proven work record, and can even lead to permanent employment.
  • Professional Development through membership in student organizations, such as the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), and the Phi Upsilon Omicron International Family and Consumer Sciences Honor Society. These organizations are designed to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community through: effective communication and personal interactions, leadership experience, establishment of a personal network of contacts, student workshops, travel to attend regional conferences, bringing guest speakers to campus to discuss current issues, graduate programs, career opportunities, and outreach services to improve the quality of life for families in the local community (such as volunteer projects and sponsored campus events).

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Family and Consumer Sciences major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit