Family and Consumer Sciences

Phone: 715-346-2830


UW-Stevens Point Family and Consumer Sciences graduates at work

  • Melanie Wolff '13Family Support Specialist at Family Services - Parent Connection in Oshkosh
  • Jessica (Jopek) Holmgren '10School and Site-Based Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in Saint Cloud, Minn.
  • Alyssa Anderson '14Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Pittsville School District in Pittsville, Wis.


Phone: 715-346-2830

Choose Family and Consumer Sciences at UW-Stevens Point

The UW-Stevens Point family and consumer sciences (FCS) program is one of the largest offered in the state and is as cutting-edge and vital today as it was when it began more than a century ago. As a family and consumer sciences major, you’ll take courses in areas such as human development, sociology and communication where you’ll learn about issues that influence individuals, families and communities. Your learning experiences will cover topics as basic as food, shelter and clothing, and as complex as child development, consumer economics and family relationships.

Our program, which is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and provides coursework that meets the standards required for graduates to obtain the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation, offers two career options:

Child, Youth and Family Studies: Be nationally certified to work with families in a variety of environments, agencies and programs. Child, youth and family studies graduates are often employed in community-based education, childcare settings, adoption agencies, family crisis centers and eldercare programs.

Certified Teacher Education: Be certified to teach family and consumer sciences in elementary and secondary schools and technical institutions or community colleges. The family and consumer sciences major with the teacher education option meets national and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction standards.

Career opportunities in Family and Consumer Sciences

The child, youth and family studies can lead you toward a career helping others through community, nonprofit or private organizations that work proactively to assist families to function in positive, healthy ways.

As there is a significant shortage of family and consumer sciences teachers in Wisconsin, the teacher education option will provide you with many exciting opportunities. In fact, 100 percent of our recent family and consumer sciences education graduates have been hired within one year of graduation.

Building your résumé

When you're a family and consumer sciences-child, youth and family studies major, you'll receive hands-on experience helping individuals and families by working in settings that match your interests. Your field experience might be in a children’s camp, a nursing home, a day care center, a family resource center or a private company. These opportunities help broaden your understanding of the range of individual, family and community needs and allow you to make professional contacts in the field.

If you're a teacher education major, you'll spend a full semester student teaching in a middle/junior high and high school. As a result, you will encounter varied and meaningful opportunities for experimentation within classrooms and receive a sound understanding of educational pedagogy as well as knowledge of the most current views regarding educational practices.

The School of Health Promotion and Human Development and UW-Stevens Point Office of International Education offer many study abroad programs where students can earn credits including trips to Romania and the Lakota Reservation.

Outside the classroom

You'll have the chance to become a member of three dynamic student organizations: Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Stevens Point Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (SPAFCS) and the University Council on Family Relations Stevens Point (UCFRSP). These groups provide interesting speakers, professional trips and fundraising for family-related causes.

Through the funds from the Home Economics Centennial Endowment, we have created supervised student practicum experiences with outstanding practitioners in UW-Extension and community agencies. These focused practica provide you with experience solving real-life problems and connections to professionals in your field.

Student support services

UW-Stevens Point family and consumer sciences majors are advised in the School of Health Promotion and Human Development Academic and Career Advising Center during their first two years. Students will work with peer advisers and our Academic and Career Adviser Becky Konietzki to develop a plan to meet their educational, career and life goals.

The Academic and Career Advising Center staff assists students with meeting degree requirements, meeting General Education Program requirements, planning for study abroad, career development, scholarships and academic success.