University of Hawaii–Manoa

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is to enhance the development of resilient families, businesses, and communities. By improving people's human, social, and economic capital, significant improvements can be made in the promotion of resilient human development over the life course and the quality of life in diverse families throughout Hawai'i and the Pacific Basin communities.

Family Resources (FamR) is a Bachelor's of Science degree program that provides students with an ecological systems approach that focuses upon the development of resiliency and nurturing of strengths in human and family development, and family resource management for Asian and Pacific Islander and multicultural families in diverse communities. The FamR curriculum provides students with a multitude of experiences through their coursework, community projects and internships that provide a foundation for working with diverse families and communities. The Family Resource curriculum provides students with the knowledge and professional skills needed for graduate studies, careers in educational and community settings, or family and human service agencies.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Barbara Yee (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Family Resources
  • 50% Apparel Product Design & Mechandising
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

2515 Campus Road
Miller 110
Honolulu, HI 96822
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Resources
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Human Development
  • Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Childhood
  • Adolescence & Young Adulthood
  • Middle Age & Aging
  • Intimacy, Marriages, & Families
  • Parenting
  • Leadership & Group Process
  • Community Needs & Resources
  • Family Resource Management
  • Family Financial Planning
  • Consumer Economics
  • Research Methodology
  • Contemporary Family Issues
  • Family Life Education Methodology
  • Partnership with Family & Professionals
  • Family Public Policy
  • Consumer Communications
  • Family Economics
  • Topics in Family Resources
  • Internship
  • Capstone Portfolio
  • Directed Reading & Research
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

The family resources program provides students with a wide variety of course work and study focused on human and family development, and resource management with highly diverse family, communities, and university engagement.  The curriculum includes courses in life span development from infancy to the elderly, family relationships, parenting, family economics and resource management, and group and community leadership. The curriculum prepares students to work proactively in multicultural communities to enhance the quality of family life. It fosters an understanding of the social systems perspective as it relates to the study of how families operate. Students study the theoretical and applied literature that addresses the biological, social, cultural, psychological, and economic well-being of individuals and families and the environments in which they live. Students also study the changing functions of the family, the roles of its members, and the community programs and policies that affect the decisions and well-being of families and consumers. An internship in the student's area of focus is an integral part of the curriculum. A capstone portfolio is created by students in the last semester of their degree program to assemble hallmark examples of papers, projects, and activities that illustrate the core standards of this degree and the learners' reflections on their Family Resources curriculum journey. 

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
Barbara Yee, Ph.D.
CFLE Contact Email