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What is Family & Consumer Sciences? Individuals & environments, Interactions & relationships, Improved quality of life for individuals & families.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Family & Consumer Sciences provides for concentrations in Child Development, Fashion Merchandising, and Nutrition/Dietetics.

The mission of the Division is to provide professional education in Family and Consumer Sciences, to provide complementary educational experiences for other disciplines, and to provide individuals opportunity for developing competencies that enhance the quality of life.

Syllabi for Nutrition/Dietetics Core Courses for AAFCS

FCS 102
FCS 150
FCS 345
FCS 480

Syllabi for AAFCS Core Courses

FCS 447
FCS 494
FCS 150
FCS 151

Employment Information:

In the Dietetics Program, results of the 2013 Alumni Survey indicated that 100% of the graduates responding were employed in a nutrition-related position. All of the Dietetics students who graduated since 2011 and sought employment in Dietetics-related professions have become employed.

Of the graduates who concentrated in Child Development or Fashion Merchandising, 95% of recent graduates who sought employment have secured jobs.

Program Overview

  • Knowledge of child growth and development
  • Hands-on experience with preschoolers
  • Roles and factors of parenting
  • On-site NAEYC accredited Child Development Center
  • Internship to provide a concentrated experience
  • Knowledge to effectively compete in today’s job market

Coursework, assignments, observation, and internship experience provide child development majors concentrated industry experience.

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There are a wide variety of career options with a degree in child development.

  • Preschool Teacher/Administrator
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Child Care Teacher/Administrator
  • Family Life Specialist
  • Parent Educator
  • Children’s Nanny
  • Child Care Insurance Agent
  • Child Welfare Caseworker
  • Childbirth Educator
  • Parent Education Program Designer
  • Curriculum Materials Developer
  • Toy Company Representative
  • Home Training Consultant
  • Recreational Program Worker
  • Consultant to Businesses Dealing with Children
  • Specialist in Children’s Programs (divorce, death, illness)

Program Overview

Course study and hands-on internship experience
Study of the design, production, and marketing of apparel
Preparation for a fast-paced career
Minor in Business Administration and minor emphasis in Art
Knowledge to effectively compete in today’s job market



Coursework, assignments, a portfolio, and internship experience prepare students for the apparel and merchandising industry.

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Job Opportunities

There are a wide variety of career options with a degree in fashion merchandising.

  • Fashion Director
  • Fashion Editor
  • Retail Department Manager
  • Merchandiser for a Manufacturer Buyer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Entrepreneur
  • Sales Representative

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Program Overview

  • Course instruction and hands-on experience
  • Prepare for dietitian registration exam
  • Join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Qualify to become entry-level dietitian

The program combines academic instruction and a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience.

The Coordinated Program is approximately 2 years in duration. Each student needs to have reliable transportation.

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of food and nutrition. Eligibility requirements established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics must be met to become a RD.

What does is cost?
The approximate cost of the program is $8000 to $9000 per year. This includes estimated expenses for fees, room and board, on-campus laundry, professional affiliations, liability insurance, books, and uniforms.

The final two (2) semesters may consist of less than 12 hours of academic credit considered for financial aid. Students should visit the financial aid officer to understand and discuss available options for financial assistance.

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Delta State University is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext 5400.

Are you in?
Students must meet the following requirements to be admitted to the Nutrition and Dietetics program, usually during the sophomore/junior year.

  • An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in physical and biological science courses
  • Completion of at least 75 hours of specific prequisites
  • Minimum grade of “C” in required courses

Students are required to submit a program application and letters of recommendation.

The DSU Coordinated Program may accept up to 15 applicants each year. First round applications are due by March 18, 2016. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 31, 2016.   Applicants may apply after March 2016 until any remaining slots are filled.

For an application in word format, please email ehowell@deltastate.edu

Students accepted into the Coordinated Program will be required to attend an Orientation. (Date to be announced).

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is approximately a two-year program. It consists of course work and hands-on experience.

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View or Download Coordinated Program in Dietetics Student Handbook CP Handbook 2015 – Revised August 11, 2016.


You did it!

Upon completion of the program, students will have:

  • Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Eligibility to take the registration exam for dietitians
  • Eligibility for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Eligible to apply for a license (check your state licensing agency for specific requirements)

Registered Dietitians and Licensed Nutritionists are employed by the following:

  • Health Care
  • Business and Industry, School Feeding, Community and Public Health Nutrition Programs
  • Wellness Centers and Day-Care Centers
  • Food Science, Education, Marketing, Product Development, Research
  • Self-employed Private Practice

Below is a list of establishments some of our graduates are employed with:

  • South Mississippi Regional Center
  • Healthcare Services Group
  • DeSoto County Schools
  • Rush Memorial Foundation Hospital
  • Bay Area Food Bank
  • Compass Group
  • Baptist Rehabilitation, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Morrison’s Healthcare
  • LeBonheur Healthcare, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Delta Health Alliance
  • Boyington Nursing Home
  • North Mississippi Regional Center

Mission Statement

The mission of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics in the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences at Delta State University is to prepare graduates for successful careers in dietetics and to encourage students to assume leadership in their profession and society. Graduates integrate the basic concepts of food and nutrition to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in the Mississippi Delta, society and the world. Graduates accomplish this mission by promoting health, aiding in the prevention of disease, and providing management for food and nutrition services.

Program Philosophy

The Coordinated Program is committed to providing students in the state of Mississippi, and particularly the Mississippi Delta, with a well-rounded general education, consistent with a baccalaureate degree. This program serves the needs of individuals interested in attaining the academic and supervised practice components of dietetic education for entry-level dietitians. The Coordinated Program produces credentialed food and nutrition professionals who can integrate basic food and nutrition knowledge into the delivery of services to the people of the Mississippi Delta. These services involve medical nutrition therapy, education of clients in community agencies, and implementing food systems management in institutions, agencies, schools, or businesses.  The curriculum of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics stresses current and research-based knowledge appropriate to dietetic careers of the present and the future. Through classroom and clinical experiences, students have opportunities to assume leadership roles in professional organizations enhancing the practice of dietetics. In addition, the Coordinated Program supports other areas of study within the university, such as nursing, education, physical education, and pre-medicine by providing required and elective courses and professional expertise.

Based on this philosophy, the dietetics program at DSU strives to prepare graduates to be successful dietetics practitioners. Every effort is made to prepare students for professional practice in our service-oriented, information-based society. The importance of quality and service is emphasized because client needs and expectations must be the central focus of innovative dietetics practice. RDs must demonstrate lifelong learning, on-going self-evaluation, and adherence to a personal and professional code of ethics.

The dietetics program is based on the belief that dietitians are especially qualified to provide the most up-to-date information and guidance in nutrition, encompassing health promotion and supervised practice in nutrition and foodservice systems management.

Program Goals

The dietetics program seeks to achieve the following goals:

1. The program will prepare graduates to be competent for entry level employment as a Dietitian.

2. The program provides academic and supervised practice experience to prepare graduates to become actively involved in dietetics related organizations.

3. The program provides credentialed food and nutrition professionals to serve the counties of Northwest Mississippi.

Dietetics Program Information


Nutrition Counseling Center

For more information or to make an appointment, please email us at: DSUNutritionClinic@gmail.com

Dr. Sally Zengaro, PhD
Interim Chair

Dr. Jan Haynes, PhD
Professor of Fashion Merchandising

Dr. Ensley Howell, PhD, RD, LD
Director, Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Brian Barnett, MS
Asst. Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Thomas Taylor, Ed.D, LMFT
Associate Professor of Family & Consumer Sciences

Laura Abraham, MEd
Director of Preschool Programs
Part-time Instructor in Family & Consumer Sciences

Amanda Robinson, BFA
Senior Secretary

Dr. Jacinda Roach, Ph.D, RD, LD
Adjunct Instructor in Family & Consumer Sciences

Theresa Stretch, MS, RDN, CP-FS
Adjunct Instructor in Family & Consumer Sciences

Carrie-Grace Washer, MS, CCLS
Adjunct Instructor in Family & Consumer Sciences


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