Illinois State University

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The mission of the department is to provide integrative study of the human environment and systems that impact and strengthen individuals, family units, agencies, businesses, and the community at large. The faculty seek to prepare men and women to enter professions concerned with enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families, communities, and the environment in which they function. Academic preparation involves the integration and application of knowledge and skills gained from family and consumer science courses as well as courses in a variety of other disciplines.

Program Overview
Department Emphasis
  • 16% Human Development
  • 25% Apparel Merchandising & Design
  • 21% Food, Nutrition & Dietetics
  • 18% Interior and Envrionmental Design
  • 12% Family Science
  • 7% Consumer Services
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

144 Turner Hall
Campus Box 5060
Normal, IL 61790
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Relationships
  • Human Development
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Human and Family Development
  • Introduction to the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Role
  • American Family: Change and Diversity
  • Practical Problem Solving in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Competencies for Teaching
  • Family Health and Well Being
  • Enduring Issues for Couples and Families
  • Family Relationships
  • Resource Management for Individuals and Families
  • Family Economic Resources
  • Leadership Development for Family and Consumer Science Professionals
  • Families in Later Life
  • Seminar in Child Life Studies
  • Couple Relationships
  • Family Crises
  • Family and Consumer Public Policy
  • Professional Practice: Child Development and Family Relationships.
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The Human Development and Family Resources sequence prepares students to provide educational, preventive and interventive services to individuals and families which enhance personal, family and community well-being. Students may focus on family services, child care services, consumer services or teacher education in family and consumer sciences. Students develop the skills needed to assist people of all ages with personal and consumer choices for individual and family well-being.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Robert Cullen
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Families in Later Life
  • Seminar in Child Life Studies
  • Couple Relationships
  • Family Crises
  • Theory and Contemporary Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Family and Consumer Public Policy
  • Seminar in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Human Development in Social Context
  • Advances Family Resource Management
  • Internship in College Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Introduction to Research Methodology
  • Professional Practice
  • Master's Thesis
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Family & Consumer Science
Masters Comments

The applied focus of the master's degree provides students with an opportunity to gain competence in conducting, using, and disseminating research to a variety of audiences. This degree is designed for those professionals seeking advanced study in one of the specialty areas of family and consumer sciences: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design; Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics; Human Development and Family Resources; Interior and Environmental Design; Dietetic Internship Program; Child Life Specialist Program; Professional Development Sequence in Social Aspects of Aging.

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.