Family and Consumer Sciences

[1] Objectives

The graduate program in family and consumer sciences leads to the Master of Science degree. The program is designed to serve the needs of qualified students preparing for family and consumer sciences careers in business, education, hospitals, industry, government, or community agencies, or for entering a doctoral program in family and consumer sciences or in a related discipline. A post-baccalaureate Dietetic Internship is also offered.

[2] Dietetic Internship

The Dietetic Internship is a supervised dietetic practice and study program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Telephone: (800) 877-1600 x5400
Email: ACEND@eatright.org
Website: http://www.eatright.org/acend

The dietetic internship meets performance requirements for eligibility to write the Commission on Dietetics Registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The dietetic internship is to be completed in 15 months. The first year includes 12 weeks of instruction in community nutrition and food-service management. Summer school during the second year includes 12 weeks in clinical nutrition and clinical management. Practice sites include various health care facilities in the central Arkansas area.

[2.1] Dietetic Internship Entrance Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree.
  • Verification statement of completion of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
  • Official transcript(s) of course work from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Minimum of 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale).
  • Work experience in nutrition-related area.
  • Completed dietetic internship application See http://uca.edu/facs/programs/dietetic-internship/.

[3] Master of Science Degree

[3.1] Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the MS degree program in family and consumer sciences requires a baccalaureate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Economics) or an allied area. In addition to entrance requirements for the graduate school, satisfactory scores on the General Section of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) must be submitted.

[3.2] Degree Requirements

For the MS degree, the student must fulfill one of the following options:

[3.2.1] Thesis Option (30 hours)

Core requirements (9 hours):

FACS 6300 Current Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences
ASTL 6380 Research Methods or H SC 6379 Research in Health or FACS 6335 Evidence-Based Research in Nutrition
FACS 6350 Statistical Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences or ASTL 6382 Educational Statistics (or substitute research and statistics courses approved by department chair).

Thesis research (6 hours):

FACS 6344 Thesis Research I
FACS 6345 Thesis Research II
(The procedures for selecting and writing a thesis will be those prescribed in the current UCA Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Guide, available on-line at http://uca.edu/graduateschool/thesisdissertation/.

Specialization track (12 hours): student will select one of the specialization tracks listed below.

Elective (3 hours): elective in an allied area approved by major advisor.

[3.2.2] Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)

Core requirements (9 hours): same as for thesis option.

Specialization track (15-18 hours): student will select one of the specialization tracks listed below.

Elective (9–12 hours): electives in an allied area approved by major advisor.

[3.2.3] Specialization Tracks

Clothing, Textiles, and Fashion (12 hours with thesis, 15-18 hours without thesis):

FACS 5V30 Special Topics (variable credit, 1-3 credit hours)
FACS 6303 History of Fashion
FACS 6305 Problems in Consumer Textiles
FACS 6306 Clothing Trends
FACS 6309 Consumer Economics
FACS 6320 Directed Study

Nutrition and Foods (12 hours with thesis, 15-18 hours without thesis):

FACS 5315* Nutrition Services Practicum I
FACS 5316* Nutrition Services Practicum II
FACS 5317* Community Nutrition Practicum
FACS 5318* Clinical Nutrition Practicum
FACS 5321* Nutritional Services Administration
FACS 5324* Nutritional Assessment
FACS 5V30* Special Topics (Diabetes Education) (variable credit, 1-3 credit hours)
FACS 5375 Nutrition in Exercise & Sports
FACS 6307 Current Findings in Foods
FACS 6308 Trends in Nutrition
FACS 6309 Consumer Economics
FACS 6313* Diet Therapy
FACS 6320 Directed Study
NUTR 5325 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
NUTR 5340 Geriatric Nutrition
NUTR 5374 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NUTR 6330 Metabolic Nutrition
NUTR 6335 Nutrition Counseling
NUTR 6340 Diabetes Medical Nutrition Therapy
NUTR 6345 Pediatric Nutrition
* Indicates courses included in the dietetic internship program.

General Family and Consumer Sciences (12 hours with thesis, 15-18 hours without thesis): All FACS courses listed in the specialized tracks may be used for the general degree. In addition to the courses listed in the two specialized areas, the following courses may be used as electives in the general track:

FACS 5310 Program Development in Family and Consumer Sciences
FACS 5V30 Special Topics (variable credit, 1-3 credit hours)
FACS 6310 Advanced Resource Management
FACS 6311 Readings in Family Relations
FACS 6312 Readings in Child Development
FACS 6330 Transdisciplinary Assessment of Young Children
FACS 6331 Readings in Parent Child Relations
FACS 6332 Readings in Adult Development and Aging
FACS 6341 Housing
FACS 6342 Home Furnishings
FACS 6354 Transdisciplinary Intervention with Young Children

[3.3] Additional Requirements

[3.3.1] MS Thesis Option

After the thesis has been read and approved and before the candidate is recommended to the Dean of the Graduate School for graduation, the candidate will meet with his/her thesis committee for an oral examination, which will consist principally of a defense of the thesis. A majority of the student’s committee must approve the thesis and its defense. If approval is denied, the candidate will not be recommended for graduation. In this event, the student may be re-examined at a later period, no sooner than two months after initial examination.

[3.3.2] MS Non-Thesis Option

The student will be required to pass a written comprehensive examination or a graduate portfolio. The examination will be administered each spring semester and during the first summer session each year. To be eligible to take the examination the student must be within six hours or less of reaching degree requirements upon completion of the semester in which the comprehensive examination is scheduled.

[4] Graduate Course Links

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