Harding University

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is a part of the College of Sciences at Harding University, a private liberal arts university in Searcy, AR. The Department offers the B.S. degree in  Child Development, Child Life, Family and Consumer Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Family Life Education; Fashion Merchandising, and, Nutrition and Dietetics.   Approximately 150  students are enrolled in the Department with six full-time faculty and threeadjuncts. The Family Life Education Program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations. The Child Life Specialist program fulfills course requirements of the Association of Child Life Professionals for entry into a post-baccalaureate internship. The Didactic Nutrition and Dietetics Program is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Teacher licensure in the state of Arkansas is granted for graduates of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Denise G. Fisher, Ph.D., CFCS, CFLE, CPFFE
Department Emphasis
  • 36% Human Development
  • 28% Nutrition & Dietetics
  • 22% Fashion Merchandising
  • 10% FACS Education/General
  • 4% Family Science
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

Box 12233
Searcy, AR 72149
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Life Education
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • FCS as a Profession
  • Families in Global Society
  • Family Resource Management
  • Family Relationships
  • Field Experience
  • Guidance in Early Childhood
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Family Financial Management
  • Infant/Toddler Educare
  • Consumer Education
  • Professional Image Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Family Life Education Methodology
  • Parenting
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Human Diversity
  • Nutrition
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • American National Government
  • Gerontology
  • Contemporary Christian Ethics
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

Graduates of the Family Life Education program qualify for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation from the National Council on Family Relations. All courses in the Program are taught by well qualified faculty. Advantages of our program are the personal interaction of students and faculty, small class sizes, and a strong peer support network. Encouragement of student professional development is given through departmental lectures, clubs, and the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society. A field experience is required and is a critical component of every degree offered in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
CFLE Contact
Denise Fisher, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email