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Family and Consumer Sciences


Do you have a passion for home-related functions such as family living, consumer economics, foods and nutrition, clothing and textiles, child development, and parenting? If yes, consider a family and consumer sciences degree. Skills needed include leadership and working with other people, creativity, flexibility, patience, and good communication. If you possess these, you’ll be a good candidate for an FCS career. Get a family and consumer sciences degree from Wayne State College, and you’ll be prepared for a variety of careers in FCS, which improve individual, family, and community well-being, and impact the development, delivery, and evaluation of consumer goods and services.

Sample Program of Study




99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.

Hours required:
For concentration: 56
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120

Popular minors: Family Life Studies, Foods and Nutrition, Merchandising and Design, Spanish

School: Business and Technology

Department: Technology and Applied Science

Nationally Ranked Program

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019 - College Factual

No. 1 in Nebraska, Top 1% in the U.S.

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019

College Factual

Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year.  Learn more about scholarships and aid for your degree in family and consumer sciences at Wayne State College.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.


Skills Learned

  • Clothing construction and textiles
  • Food preparation and baking
  • Housing development and design
  • Family and personal relationships
  • Family resource management
  • Consumer economics
  • Parenting and family relationships
  • Introductory fashion design
  • Household technology and safety
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Leadership and organization
  • Time management



Possible Careers

  • Child life specialist
  • Parent educator
  • Family life educator
  • Family services worker
  • Clothing specialist
  • Apparel or costume designer
  • Events coordinator
  • Food service manager
  • Hotel manager
  • Nutritional consultant
  • Retail buyer



  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Daycares / preschools
  • Government / federal agencies
  • Community centers
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Human or social services
  • Family service agencies
  • Retail stores
  • Apparel companies
  • Restaurants or food shops
  • Specialty shops and boutiques


Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 86% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.

WSC Service Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester. 

Competitions and awards


  • District competitions – Compete in FCCLA STAR events to receive national recognition for your achievements in a variety of areas as they relate to the purpose of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America organization. 
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.


We encourage all students to complete an internship before graduating with a degree in family and consumer sciences.  Career Services is available to help you find internships and job opportunities in this field of study.

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