Division of Family and Consumer Sciences

Division of Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences is the study of interactions of individuals with their environment and with each other. The primary objective is to improve the quality of life with a focus on the family unit.

The mission of the Division is to provide professional education in Family and Consumer Sciences, to provide complementary educational experiences for other disciplines, and to provide individuals an opportunity to develop competencies that enhance the quality of life.

Students completing the concentration in Child Development will be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. Students may also elect to earn a minor in Child Development.

American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is a national professional association. Membership in this Association provides membership in the state affiliate, the Mississippi Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. Student membership in AAFCS is available and encouraged. To join, students must first become a member of the Student Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (listed above).

Membership Benefits:

  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Receipt of the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, published four times a year
  • A Teacher Resource Directory
  • A PR/Media Tool Kit

Click here to go to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Homepage

Professional Certification

The CFCS Credential is a professional certification available to any student majoring in Family & Consumer Sciences. This is a credential that indicates professional expertise.

To acquire the CFCS Credential, one makes application, pays a fee and takes an examination administered at various sites around the nation. Completion of this process enables a professional to use the designation CFCS after their name.

Retention Rates

Fall to Fall Retention Rates
F17 to F18 F18 to F19 F19 to F20 F20 to F21 F21 to F22 F22 to F23
FCS Students Retained in FCS 80% 67% 0% 50% 67% 50%
DSU Overall 67% 67% 67% 65% 64% 74%
Retention rates are based on the percentage of first-time Family and Consumer Science students beginning in the Fall listed and returned the following Fall with the same degree. 

Success Rates

Fall to Fall Retention Rates
Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Fall 2020 Fall 2021 Fall 2022
All Students Enrolled 132 91 79 78 68 54
Returning Following Fall 55 44 47 47 37 26
Graduated Before Following Fall 51 25 25 14 19 14
Fall to Fall Success Rate 80% 76% 91% 78% 82% 74%
Success rates are based on the number of students enrolled in the semester listed who returned the following Fall or graduated before it.

Graduation Rates

6-Year Graduation Rates for Fall 2017 Cohort
FCS students graduated within FCS 60%
FCS students graduated from any college 0%
DSU Overall 47%
SOURCE: IHL Student File, IHL Degree File

Enrollment by Major

Family and Consumer Sciences
Year Fall Spring
AY 2024 42
AY 2023 55  37
AY 2022 68 60
AY 2021 78 70
 AY 2020 79 88
AY 2019 91 87
AY 2018 132 125
AY 2017 133 129
AY 2016 126 134
AY 2015 132 131
AY 2014 116 121
AY 2013 98 94
AY 2012 104 95
AY 2011 122 105

 

Enrollment by Concentration/Program

Child Development
Year Fall Spring
AY 2024 35
AY 2023 38  29
AY 2022 34 33
AY 2021 36 33
AY 2020 40 43
AY 2019 48 46
AY 2018 77 72
AY 2017 73 79
AY 2016 80 80
AY 2015 78 83
AY 2014 73 74

Program outcomes are available upon request. Please email cabailey@inmaculadacic.net for information.