Family and Consumer Sciences

Welcome to the Family & Consumer Sciences Department! I’m so excited that you’re here to learn more about our Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (BS-FCS)



The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Program at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is to:

Prepare graduates with the knowledge and application of the core content of the FCS profession as it relates to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Graduates are educators in secondary, university/college, and Cooperative Extension; administrator and managers in various settings as well as researchers and service providers with the Department of Health and Human Services.



  • Graduates shall possess effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Graduates shall possess effective collaboration skills.
  • Graduates shall possess awareness of the FCS Body of Knowledge Model.

In the BS-FCS program, faculty are dedicated to enhancing the relationships among individuals, families, and communities and the environments in which they function, the FCS profession takes leadership in:

  • improving individual, family, and community well-being;
  • impacting the development, delivery, and evaluation of consumer goods and services;
  • influencing the creation of policy; and
  • shaping societal change, thereby enhancing the human condition.

FCS is concerned with:

  • the strength and vitality of families;
  • the development and use of personal, social, and material resources to meet human needs; the physical, psychosocial, economic, and aesthetic well-being of individuals and families;
  • the role of individuals and families and consumers of goods and services;
  • the development of home and community environments that are supportive of individuals and families;
  • the design, use of, and access to current and emerging technologies; the analysis, development, and implementation of policies that support individuals, families, and communities


Students who are pursuing the BS-FCS degree will use the following checklists:






Graduates are able to work in a wide variety of careers which might include:

  • Administrators and managers in various settings
  • Human service professionals
  • Educators in childhood, secondary, university/college, or Cooperative Extension
  • Community settings such as WIC, CASA, United Way, or Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Wellness and adult education centers
  • Financial education and consumer affairs


All students in the BS in FCS program are required to comply with the BS-FCS Student Handbook


The following handouts and brochures may provide additional information which students may find helpful.

  • AAFCS Student organization
  • UCA academic support brochure
  • AAFCS FCS Career Fact Sheet
  • Careers in FCS
  • Visit our AAFCS Student Section as well as the AAFCS Facebook Page!


If you are interested in becoming a FCS major, please contact Rebekah Luong, FCS Program Director at and provide your name, student ID (if current or former UCA student), and transcripts from other universities if applicable.

To Apply to UCA

For Undergraduate Admission Information Click Here

Graduate Admissions:  For Graduate Admission Information Click Here


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