Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences fundamentals

The University of Akron prepares students to take positions as generalists and specialists in these areas of family and consumer sciences.

  • Child Development,
  • Family Development
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Interior Design
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education

Each program includes a core of courses intended to connect the various specialties into a cohesive foundation for future life experience

    Our Faculty

    • are innovative and interactive
    • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning

    Akron Advantage

    Hands-on Research

    The School of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a variety of resources for its students, including: 

    • labs devoted to clothing construction and restoration, textiles and computer technology
    • interior design studio space
    • historic costume and textile collection
    • Center for Child Development (operated with College of Education)
    • Center for Family Studies

    Real-world Experience

    All School of Family and Consumer Sciences programs provide opportunities to gain practical professional experience and training in the field of your choice under the direction of skilled professionals.

    Family and Consumer Sciences Student Organizations

    Interact with other students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

    • American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
    • American Society of Interior Designers
    • Student Fashion Association
    • Kappa Omicron Nu
    • University Association for the Education of Young Children

    Curriculum Guide

    Learn more about each of the majors available within the School of Family and Consumer Sciences:


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    Career Opportunities

    Degrees and Preparation

    A degree in family and consumer sciences, or one of the areas of specialization, prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

    • Retail/fashion merchandising
    • Commercial and residential interior design
    • Child care in community settings
    • Teaching in public and private schools

    Career Outlook

    Opportunities for continued job growth are favorable for all majors in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

    Career Center

    The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

    • Career Resource Library
    • co-op/internships
    • computer stations for resume writing and employment research
    • UA Career Fairs

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    Phone: 330-972-7111
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