Top Colleges for Family & Consumer Sciences Degrees

Learn about degree programs in family and consumer sciences, a field of study that addresses community, family or work-related issues. See what three top-notch universities have to offer in terms of academic options and rankings, and use the table at the end of the resource to find other schools in the U.S. with family and consumer science programs.

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Students in a family and consumer sciences program can take courses in nutrition, parenting and workforce education, as well as merchandising and interior design. Individual programs may lead to a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, or a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The three universities profiled below include two high-ranking national universities and top public schools, as previously designated by U.S. News & World Report. All three schools offer undergraduate programs in family and consumer science; students at the University of Idaho can earn a master's degree in the same field of study.

Top U.S. Colleges with Family and Consumer Science Programs

1. The University of Georgia in Athens, GA

The University of Georgia (UG) ranked 62nd among national universities and 23rd among top public schools in the southeast, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2012. The College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the College of Education offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Graduates of this program are eligible for a teaching certificate, after which they can provide instruction in nutrition, parenting or consumer education for students in grades 7-12. Courses include topics in food principals, housing in contemporary society and curriculum planning in workforce education.

2. Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN

Purdue University is a research university that tied with the University of Georgia on the U.S. News & World Report lists of national universities and top public schools in the southeast in 2012. The College of Health and Human Sciences and the College of Education offer a B.S. in Family and Consumer Science Education. Students in this program take courses in social sciences, textiles and nutrition, in order to prepare for careers as family and consumer sciences teachers at the middle and high school levels.

3. The University of Idaho in Moscow, ID

The University of Idaho (UI) made The Princeton Review's edition of The Best 376 Colleges in 2012. UI offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Family and Consumer Sciences, co-administered by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Once enrolled, undergraduates study the history of family and consumer sciences and conduct an independent research project, which may include topics in child care practices or hunger. The M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences program prepares students for careers as food and nutrition instructors, financial planners or child care directors.

List of Ten Good Family and Consumer Sciences Schools in the U.S.

School NameDistinctionLocation
California State University, Northridge Department of Family and Consumer Sciences program offers courses in apparel design, merchandising and interior design Northridge, CA
Colorado State University Only 4-year land-grant institution of higher education in Colorado offering a degree program in family and consumer sciences Fort Collins, CO
Eastern Kentucky University Family and consumer sciences program includes student teaching experiences at the middle and high school levels Richmond, KY
New Mexico State University Family and consumer sciences program offers courses in hotel, restaurant and tourism management Las Cruces, NM
North Carolina Central University Graduate programs allow for a focus in teaching, textiles, nutrition, human development or health promotion Durham, NC
Purdue University Offers over 25 majors through the College of Health and Human Sciences West Lafayette, IN
University of Central Missouri Family and consumer science students have the opportunity to gain classroom experience in Kansas City-area charter schools Warrensburg, MO
University of Georgia Family and consumer sciences students can take courses in consumer economics, textiles and merchandising Athens, GA
University of Idaho Sponsors over 200 student organizations Moscow, ID
Utah State University Family and consumer sciences program addresses problems in family, community and work environments Logan, UT
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