University of Utah

Department of Family & Consumer Studies
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

Family and Consumer Studies (FCS) is an interdisciplinary department where faculty and students examine how the social, economic, political, and physical environments affect families, individuals, communities, and consumers. The teaching, research, and service done in the Department focuses on expanding our understanding on how the welfare of individuals, and families in which they live, are affected by external forces and internal forces. As such, the Department emphasizes applied social science research and teaching with a strong public policy orientation.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Lori Kowaleski-Jones
Department Emphasis
  • 40% Family Studies
  • 40% Human Development
  • 20% Consumer & Consumer Studies
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

225 South 1400 East
AEB 228
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Life
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Family Life Education
  • Human Development & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Family Relations Across the Life Course
  • Development, Learning & Motivation in Middle Childhood
  • Understanding Children
  • Child Development Practicum
  • Whole Child Telecourse
  • Integrated Curriculum Methods
  • Home School & Community Relations
  • Research Methods in Family & Consumer Studies
  • Statistics in Family & Consumer Studies
  • Development in Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Ecology of Family Belief Systems
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Ethnic Minority Families
  • Introduction to Family Policy
  • Family Economic Issues Across the Life Course
  • International Consumer Policy
  • Home & Community Environments
  • Environment & Behavior
  • Strengthening Homes & Families
  • Creativity & Cognition in Young Children
  • Early Childhood Internship
  • Families & Social Policy
  • Family Life Education
  • Adolescent Development in the Family
  • Adult Development & Family Relationships in Later Life
  • Theories of Human Development
  • Divorce & Remarriage
  • Childhood Health Care I & II
  • Family Violence
  • Family Problems
  • Gender & Minorities Across the Lifespan
  • Families & Economic Policy
  • Consumer Protection
  • Families, Consumers, & Health
  • Environments & Human Behavior
  • Advanced Environment & Behavior
  • Housing & Community Development
  • Special Topics Under
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

Key features of the program include: two undergraduate majors that provide strong preparation for employment in the private or public sectors as well as excellent preparation for graduate school, a joint program with the College of Education that prepares students for teacher certification in grades K-3, a Child Life emphasis that prepares students for work with children and families in hospital settings, opportunities for service-learning, opportunities for students to work with faculty on research projects, internship placements with over 30 different public and private agencies in the Salt Lake valley, and extensive course offerings in the evenings and summer.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Sonia Salari
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Graduate Multivariate Statistics
  • Demographic Methods
  • Families & Social Policy
  • Families & Economic Policy
  • Environments & Human Behavior
  • Advanced Environment & Behavior
  • Thesis Development Seminar
  • Individual Research
  • Special Topics
  • Thesis Research
  • Administration & Supervision of Early Childhood Programs
  • Creativity & Cognition in Young Children
  • Early Childhood Internship
  • Adolescent Development in the Family
  • Adult Development & Family Relationships in Later Life
  • Theories of Human Development
  • Divorce & Remarriage
  • Childhood Healthcare I & II
  • Family Theories
  • Family Problems
  • Gender & Minorities Across the Lifespan
  • Consumer Protection
  • Families, Consumers, & Health
  • Economics of Family Decisions
  • Consumers Markets & Government
  • Advanced Environment & Behavior
  • Housing & Community Development
  • Methods of Environmental Analysis
  • Community & Environmental Change
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Human Development & Social Policy
Masters Comments

The Human Development & Social Policy Master's Degree program offers an opportunity for in-depth study of human development and important policies and issues in families and communities.

The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the psychological, social, and economic influences on individual, family, and community well-being. The program prepares graduates for jobs that impact child, family, and community well-being, as we as for continued graduate study. Only a few students are admitted each year so that students can benefit from close association with faculty.

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
12/1/2002. Effective 12/1/2017 this program is no longer CFLE-approved. Graduates completing CFLE coursework through 12/1/2017 may still apply through the CFLE-Approved process until 12/1/2019
CFLE Contact
Jenny Stout
CFLE Contact Email