Western Kentucky University

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
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We offer three concentration areas: Child Studies, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, and Family Studies. The central purpose of the Child Studies concentration is to prepare students who are interested in working with young children. The central purpose of the Family & Consumer Sciences Education program is to prepare graduates who can successfully assume the positions of family and consumer sciences educators in middle and secondary schools. Graduates will have a broad family and consumer sciences knowledge base as well as the ability to teach others how to use this information to improve personal and family life. The central purpose of the Family Studies program is to prepare students who are interested in working in a family-focused environment. The graduates will have a broad knowledge base working with children and families. The major will provide graduates with entry-level competencies for child and family life.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Doris Sikora
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Family Science
  • 40% Human Development
  • 10% Nutriton
Campus Enrollment
20,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

1906 College Heights Blvd., #11037
Bowling Green, KY 42101
United States

Phone Number
270-745-4352
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Studies
  • Family Studies
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to FCS
  • Human Nutrition
  • Design Concepts
  • Basic Apparel Construction
  • Food Science
  • Textiles
  • Housing Perspectives
  • Management of Family Resources
  • Child Development
  • Family Relations
  • Communication Techniques in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Materials and Methods in Home Economics Education
  • Internship
  • Growth and Guidance of Children
  • Family Life Education
  • Parenting Strategies
  • Interpersonal/Relationship Violence
  • Implications of Research in Family and Child Studies
  • Critical Issues in Family and Child Studies
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.