California State University–Northridge

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

About the Program

Last Updated: 
October 11, 2012

The department of Family & Consumer Sciences is inspired by the belief that a supportive, challenging learning environment is a foundation for the personal, intellectual, and professional development of our students, faculty, and staff. FCS encompasses the study of relationships among people and their personal environments, focusing on the impact of physical, biological, and social environments on human behavior and development.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Terri Lisagor
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Apparel Design & Merchandising25%
  Interior Design25%
  Nutrition, Dietetics, & Food Science20%
  Consumer Affairs20%
  Family Studies5%
  Family & Consumer Sciences Education5%
Campus Enrollment: 
33,000
Programs Options: 
Undergraduate, Master's

Undergraduate Program

Program Options: 
  • Family Studies
Courses Offered: 
  • Individual & Family Development
  • Maternal, Infant & Child Nutrition
  • Family Economics
  • Child Growth & Development I
  • Prenatal & Infant Development
  • Marriage & Family Relations
  • Family Resource Management
  • Analysis of Family Economics Issues
  • Resource Management for the Elderly
  • Family: Focus on the Future
  • Child & Family Assessment & Lab
  • Child in the Family
  • Family Theories
  • Administration of Children's Programs
  • Parental Development
  • Adolescents in the Family Context
  • Human Sexuality
  • Supervised Field Study
  • Directed Undergraduate Research

Graduate Program

Courses Offered: 
  • Resource Management
  • Analysis of Family Economic Issues
  • Resource Management for the Elderly
  • Family: Focus on the Future
  • Child Growth & Development II
  • The Child in the Family
  • Administration of Children's Programs
  • Parental Development
  • Adolescents as Parents
  • Advanced Topics in Administration of Children's Programs
  • Theories of Family Strengths
  • Research Methods
  • Research Applications
  • Special Topics in Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Directed Graduate Research
  • Directed Comprehensive Studies
  • Thesis/Project
  • Independent Study

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Family & Consumer Sciences

Faculty

Faculty at California State University–Northridge