Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

Overview of Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Programs

Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, general postsecondary programs can be found in Liberal Arts or Family and Consumer Sciences departments at accredited colleges and universities.  Research, cooperative programs, balancing work and family, parenting education and human relations skills are areas covered in the postsecondary programs.

Degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

In addition to getting undergraduate and graduate degrees in this field, you can also get diplomas and certificates in the program.  These certifications like the Diploma in Family Studies, Certificate Family and Human Consumer Sciences and the Certificate in Human Development and Family Studies generally take between six months up to two years to complete.  Degrees you can get in the program are Associate's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, Bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Community, Family and Addiction Services, Master's degree of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and/or Doctorate degree in Human Development and Family Sciences.

Curriculum for Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

Core courses offered at most accredited colleges and universities in family and consumer sciences/human sciences, general programs are:

  • Child development
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Conflict resolution
  • Stress management
  • Critical thinking and communication
  • Introduction to human body
  • Human sexuality
  • Parenting and family diversity issues
  • Family financial management
  • Individual and family life development
  • Family in the economy
  • Social sciences

How to Enroll in Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Postsecondary Programs

Since family and consumer sciences/human sciences, general programs generally do not require clinical or laboratory work to earn a degree, certificate or diploma, you can complete your coursework at home via a college online program at many accredited colleges and universities.  You might connect with your college or university professors via shared filed, private chat rooms, message boards, email, video, web-seminars and/or teleconferences.  The college or university you attend might also assign you a counselor who will work with you to make sure you are able to schedule meetings with your professor should you find yourself having difficulties in one or more of your courses.  Of course, you can also visit the campus in-person and meet with your professors.  If you choose to take your courses via the classroom, you generally only need books and reliable transportation, unless you live on campus while you complete your degree.

Skills and Benefits Related to Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

Skills and benefits you gain when you finish family and consumer sciences/human sciences, general programs can help you, your immediate and extended family members and your entire community become more empowered, especially if you are active in your community.  Some of the skills and benefits you can receive from the courses are:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Analytical reasoning skills
  • Ability to understand yourself and your family members better, more deeply
  • Understanding of human psychology
  • Awareness of the impact that nutrition and stress have on the human system
  • Understanding of the impact that media and family relationships have on you and your parents, siblings and children
  • Comprehend impact social, economic and spiritual influences have on humans
Working in Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

With a degree in family and consumer sciences/human sciences, general you can work as a social worker, human services assistant, school counselor or family counselor.  Jobs for social workers are expected to grow by 16 percent from 2008 through 2018 according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Many social workers are employed at healthcare facilities and/or schools.  The Bureau reports that jobs for human services assistants are expected to grow by 23 percent over the decade.  Federal, state and local agencies are major employers for human services assistants. Counselors are expected to see an 18 percent job growth from 2008 through 2018 according to the Bureau.

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