The mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is to assist students with the knowledge and skills needed by graduates for participation in careers which serve individuals, families and consumers in a variety of settings. The primary purpose of the department is to offer a strong, general bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences, with the opportunity to emphasize one of four areas of specialization. This is done in the context of a private, Christian, liberal arts education.
The overall focus of the department is to train individuals who can then assist others in enhancing the lives of the individuals and families they serve. The knowledge base of this discipline includes concepts from the study of human development and social interaction, resource development and management, apparel and textiles, and shelter and design of the near environment. The integrating focus of the profession is the enhancement of the relationships of people to their near social, economic and physical environments.