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Consumer and Family Sciences

Consumer and Family Sciences

The main objectives of the Consumer and Family Sciences program are (1) to enable students to contribute to the improvement and/or maintenance of the well-being of individuals, families and communities in Guam, the Western Pacific and the world; (2) to prepare students to assist family members and others in learning how to make sound decisions related to human, financial and material resources; (3) to prepare students for professional employment and advanced studies in the areas of Consumer and Family Sciences: clothing and textiles, food, nutrition and family resources.

 

BA Consumer and Family Sciences goals/objectives include the following:

GOAL 1:  Acquire a knowledge base in clothing and textiles with the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate criterion level skills in basic clothing construction.
  2. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge of fiber and textile materials.

 

Goal 2:  Acquire a knowledge base in housing and interior design with the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge and skills in housing decisions in relation to available resources and options.
  2. Demonstrate criterion level skills in use of housing and interior furnishings and products in meeting specific design needs.
  3. Demonstrate design ideas through visual presentation.

 

Goal 3:  Acquire a knowledge base in family resource management with the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge of family diversity in the global community.
  2. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge of family resource management processes.

 

Goal 4: Acquire a knowledge base of the community context in which family functioning and development take place with the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge of the effects of context (social, economic, political, historical, & cultural environment) on family functioning & development.

 

Goal 5: Acquire a knowledge base food, nutrition, and health with the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge of the influence of nutrition and health practices across the life span.
  2. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge & skills to acquire, handle, & use foods to meet nutrition & health needs of individuals & families across the life span.
  3. Demonstrate criterion level knowledge and skills to evaluate factors that affect food safety, and food production through consumption

 

Goal 6:  Acquire professional skills with following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate criterion level skills in written communication.
  2. Demonstrate criterion level skills in oral communication.
  3. Demonstrate a basic level of computer literacy.
  4. Demonstrate basic competence in “helping” skills.
  5. Demonstrate basic research skills.

 

Goal 7:  Apply knowledge and professional skills to address issues encountered in professional settings with the following objectives:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities.
  2. Demonstrate commitment to professional values and ethical behavior.
  3. Demonstrate a satisfactory level of preparation for the world of work and responsibility for continued professional growth.

 

The student seeking a B.A. degree in Consumer and Family Sciences must earn 38 credit hours in the following Core courses.  The CFS Core provides the student with learning experiences in clothing and textiles, food and nutrition, and youth/family issues.

 

Consumer and Family Science Core (38 Credits)

Course
Title
Credit Hours
CF140Scientific Principles of Food Preparation4

CF230

*Nutrition and Health3
CF309Prevention Programming for Youth at Risk3
CF315Interior Design3
CF325/325L*Textiles (and Lab)4
CF351Consumer Economics Family Financial Management3
CF430Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan3
CF450Family Resources3
ED201Human Growth and Development3
SO230Marriage and the Family3
CF491Issues in Consumer and Family Sciences3
CF498Internship in Consumer and Family Sciences or 
SW401Community Service Learning3

 

Consumer and Family Science Electives (18 Credits)

Course
Title
CF120Clothing Construction
CF231Nutrition & Health
CF339Community Nutrition

CF342

Food Safety & Sanitation
CF389Extension Programs & Planning
CF392Lab Teaching Assistantship
CF402Preschool Child Laboratory

CF435

Sports Nutrition
CF490Special Project in CFS
PE214Community Health for Educators
SW313Research Methods Health & Social Science
SW344Aging: Myths & Realities

SW480

Family Violence
BA240Management of Organizations
BA241Human Resource Management
ED300Educational Psychology
ED327Home Economics Methods: Secondary
ED403Foundations of Education
CF/AG/PA401Community Planning

The student must complete additional electives of their choice in order to meet the University’s total credit hour requirement of 124 credit hours, of which 40 credits must be upper-division.

*Meets General Education Requirements

 

CONSUMER AND FAMILY SCIENCES MINOR REQUIREMENTS

(Total: 21 Credits)

 A minor in Consumer and Family Sciences requires completion of a minimum of 21 semester hours to include the 12 credits of core requirements and 9 credits in one of the special subject areas listed below.

 

Consumer and Family Sciences Core Requirements (12 credit hours): CF120, *CF230, CF315, CF450 - Prerequisite: BA110 or consent of Instructor.

 

Select one of the special subject areas below to complete a minor in Consumer and Family Sciences:

 

Food and Nutrition (9 credit hours):

Course
Credit Hours
Prerequisite
CF1404None

CF231

3None

CF342

3CF230, *BI157-157L
BI158/158L4or consent of instructor.  (BI225 recommended)

 

Family Resources (9 credit hours)

Course
Credit Hours
Prerequisite
CF3513BA110 or consent of instructor.
CF/ED402/402L4ED201 or ED251 or consent of instructor
CF4504BA110 and PY101 or SO101 or consent of instructor
SO2303None

 *Meets General Education Requirements

 

CONSUMER AND FAMILY SCIENCES SECONDARY EDUCATION OPTIONS:

Students majoring in Education may choose Consumer and Family Sciences for one of their Secondary teaching specialty areas:  Option B (See Major in Secondary Education, School of Education).

Option B: Required Courses (12 credits): CF120, CF230, CF315, CF450.

Electives (18 CF credits): At least 9 credits must be in upper division courses.

Students majoring in areas other than education may find one of the Consumer and Family Sciences special study areas complement their chosen major and are encouraged to investigate these alternatives in planning their programs.

What careers are available to someone with a degree in Consumer and Family Sciences?

  1. Child, Family, and School Social Workers
  2. Education Administrators
  3. Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers
  4. Health Educators
  5. Personal Financial Advisors
  6. Preschool Teachers