Alabama A&M Family & Consumer Sciences (M.S.)

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Alabama A&M Family & Consumer Sciences (M.S.)

Degree Offerings

The Department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  The undergraduate program leads to the baccalaureate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences a concentration in one of three areas:

  1. Apparel, Merchandising and Design
    (concentrations in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising);

The undergraduate concentration in Apparel, Merchandising and Design is designed to promote and enhance the development of knowledge and skills requisite for continuing personal and professional development throughout the life cycle. The program enables students to develop competencies in the ecological, socio-psychological, and economic aspects of apparel and interior design, production, distribution, and consumption.

The concentration is organized to provide a general understanding of textiles, clothing, fashion and related areas, while offering diversification through concentrations in either Fashion Merchandising or Fashion Design. As designed, the programs provide unique opportunities and experiences to assist students in becoming creative, efficient and contributing members of society and of the Family and Consumer Sciences profession. The curriculum offers the training necessary to meet the demands of the apparel and home furnishings industries, as well as retailing establishments associated with these industries. Students are prepared for jobs in apparel design, production, merchandising, and associated public relations jobs.

  1. Human Development and Family Studies
    (concentrations in Human Decelopment and Family Studies and FCS-Education);

The Human Development and Family Studies Program focuses on the family and relationships throughout the life cycle in a setting of multicultural forces. Both theoretical and research findings are integrated into a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the problems facing families in modern society.

Graduates may pursue careers in family life, child and adolescent development, government, social service agencies, teaching, or private businesses that specialize in goods and services for the family.  There are two concentrations offered through the area:

  • Human Development and Family Studies, and

  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Family and Consumer Sciences Education is offered in cooperation with the School of Education.

  1. Nutrition and Hospitality Management
    (concentrations in General Dietetics and Hospitality Management).

The bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education is offered collaboratively with the College of Education.  Minors in each program area and an 18-hour online minor in Family Financial Planning extend departmental offerings to students with related interests.

The Department is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.  Additionally, the General Dietetics program of the Nutrition and Hospitality Management area is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the online program in Financial Planning is registered with the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards, Inc.

The graduate program in FCS leads to the MS degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in one of three areas: Apparel, Merchandising and Design; Human Development and Family Studies; or Nutrition and Hospitality Management.  Students have the choice of pursuing the thesis or non-thesis option.


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