What is Family and Consumer Sciences?
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS or FACS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition, wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues.
FCS is the only profession that integrates knowledge from the basic disciplines of science, humanities, and the arts. It integrates math, reading, communication skills, organization skills, and work readiness in each area of study
Today’s FCS professionals practice in multiple settings. They are early childhood, elementary, secondary, university/college, and Extension educators, administrators and managers, human service professionals, researchers, community volunteers, business people, and consultants who address the issues most important to our quality of life.