San Francisco State University

Department of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics
Last Updated

The mission of the Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics Department is to prepare scholarly professionals who contribute to the well-being of individuals, families, communities and the institutions, industries and businesses which serve them. CFS/D curricula provide liberal and professional education in interior design, apparel design & merchandising, dietetics, nutrition & foodservice management, and child & family sciences. In addition, the Department fulfills California's Educational Master Plan by providing a comprehensive family and consumer sciences curriculum. The mission is aligned with the goals, mission, strategic goals of SFSU.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Nancy Rabolt (chair)
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
Department Address

1600 Holloway Ave.
Burk Hall 329
San Francisco, CA 94132-4161
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
Undergrad Comments

The Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics Department is committed to the following priorities: (1) Developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills for diverse students to become professionals who will help diverse consumers, families and individuals to develop and maintain economic, physical and psycho-social well-being. Knowledge of the following is necessary to attain a satisfactory quality of life: child development, family and interpersonal relationships, clothing/textiles, dietetics, foods/nutrition, foodservice management, family economics, housing, and interior design; (2) Attracting and retaining highly diverse students and faculty to maximize the enhancement of consumers, families and individuals from diverse cultures, ethnic groups, and with social values and beliefs; (3) Serving in communities in which its students and faculty are engaged; (4) Continuing commitment to excellence and high levels of achievement in teaching, research, scholarly creative activity, and service for families, individuals and consumers.

Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Seminar in Research
  • Seminar in Educational Research
  • Trends and Issues in Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Research Applications
  • Seminar in Human Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Seminar in Nutritional Assessment Across the Lifespan
  • Child & Families with Violence, Abuse & Neglect
  • Sustainability in Textiles, Housing, & Food Industries
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Internship
  • Field Study
  • Master's Thesis
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family & 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.