Division of Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences is the study of interactions of individuals with their environment and with each other. The primary objective is to improve the quality of life with a focus on the family unit.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Family & Consumer Sciences provides for concentrations in Child Development and Fashion Merchandising.
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 an opportunity to develop competencies that enhance the quality of life.
Student Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
Get involved in programs and experiences with SAFCS at Delta State! Expand professionally while contributing to the growth and promotion of Family & Consumer Sciences. Joining SAFCS introduces members into the profession, develops professional attitudes and abilites, and applies classroom learning to real-world experience.
Join today! Must be an undergraduate student majoring or minoring in Family & Consumer Sciences to be eligible.
Kappa Omicron Nu
Empowering leaders through scholarship, research, and leadership!
Kappa Omicron Nu is a national honor society for Family and Consumer Sciences. Kappa Omicron Nu provides not only recognition and honor, but also lifelong opportunities for networking, personal growth, and professional growth through education and service. Members have distinguished academic records and great potential as a professional.
- Family and Consumer Sciences major
- Complete 45 semester hours or the equivalent, with at least 23 of these hours in residences at Delta State
- Earn a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
- Rank in the top 25% of class
- Receive recommendation by the faculty
Membership Benefits: – scholarships, fellowships, and grants – internship scholarships – a national network of colleagues – participation in a learning community – newsletters and a refereed scholarly journal – local and national leadership opportunities – publication opportunities – preference for federal jobs
American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is a national professional association. Membership in this Association provides membership in the state affiliate, the Mississippi Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. Student membership in AAFCS is available and encouraged. To join, students must first become a member of the Student Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (listed above).
- Professional networking opportunities
- Receipt of the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, published four times a year
- A Teacher Resource Directory
- A PR/Media Tool Kit
Click here to go to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Homepage
The CFCS Credential is a professional certification available to any student majoring in Family & Consumer Sciences. This is a credential that indicates professional expertise.
To acquire the CFCS Credential, one makes application, pays a fee and takes an examination administered at various sites around the nation. Completion of this process enables a professional to use the designation CFCS after their name.
Two other credentials are an option for students who concentrate in nutrition/dietetics and complete the coordinated program in dietetics. These credentials indicate professional expertise. The RD (Registered Dietitian) is a professional designation granted by the Commission on Dietetic Registration after completion of the Registration Examination for Dietitians. A second credential, LD (Licensed Dietitian), will need to be obtained in those states that require licensure. Mississippi is a state that requires dietitians to be licensed. This credential can be obtained in Mississippi prior to passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians by applying and paying the fee for licensure.
|Fall to Fall Retention Rates|
|F17 to F18||F18 to F19||F19 to F20||F20 to F21||F21 to F22|
|FCS Students Retained in FCS||80%||67%||0%||50%||67%|
|Retention rates are based on the percentage of first-time Family and Consumer Science students beginning in the Fall listed and returned the following Fall with the same degree.|
|Fall to Fall Retention Rates|
|Fall 2017||Fall 2018||Fall 2019||Fall 2020||Fall 2021|
|All Students Enrolled||132||91||79||78||68|
|Returning Following Fall||55||44||47||47||37|
|Graduated Before Following Fall||51||25||25||14||19|
|Fall to Fall Success Rate||80%||76%||91%||78%||82%|
|Success rates are based on the number of students enrolled in the semester listed who returned the following Fall or graduated before it.|
|6-Year Graduation Rates for Fall 2016 Cohort|
|FCS students graduated within FCS||63%|
|FCS students graduated from any college||0%|
|SOURCE: IHL Student File, IHL Degree File|
Enrollment by Major
|Family and Consumer Sciences|
Enrollment by Concentration/Program
|Food and Nutrition Management|