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Family and Consumer Sciences

The Major

Family and consumer sciences is a major available to students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University.  This degree prepares graduates for human and consumer service agencies and organizations where children and families are the focus. 

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The B.S. in family and consumer sciences is a strong interdisciplinary program which includes course work from a variety of areas. Approximately 69 semester hours are required in child and family development, consumer economics, nutrition, clothing/textiles and housing. A minor in human nutrition, health, human resource management, gerontology, or a specialization in youth issues, business/media or early intervention is included in the program. 


In family and consumer sciences, students have opportunities for internship placements at a variety of agencies, organizations, and corporations in North Carolina and South Carolina. Students complete at least 300 hours of work experience to fulfill the internship requirement.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

Family and Consumer Sciences majors have the opportunity during the sophomore year to complete a semester abroad. Please work with your advisor well in advance to ensure you are meeting the program of study for your degree area.

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