Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Lisa LeBleu, Interim Chair
340B Gooch Hall
(901) 881-7100


Georgina Awipi, Sue G. Byrd, Martha C. Herndon, Lisa C. LeBleu


The mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at The University of Tennessee at Martin is twofold. The primary mission is to prepare professionals who help promote a better quality of life for individuals and families, enhancing the interrelationships of people and communities in diverse social, economic and physical environments. For graduates who wish further specialization, the curriculum prepares them for advanced training or degrees such as UT Martin's Master's of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences.

A complementary mission of the department is to provide service courses for individual and curricular needs of students outside the major, as well as professional and non-professional persons in the region. Dietetics and Child and Family Programs improve the quality of life for the individuals and families in the region through public service and research.

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of curriculum requirements for the major Family and Consumer Sciences, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize computers and the latest technologies in all aspects of their careers, particularly as managerial and instructional tools.
  2. Use professional skills for effective communication, team building and decision making consistent with standards of ethical practice.
  3. Exhibit appropriate interpersonal skills and professional attitude in professional and community settings.
  4. Engage in professional networking in their area of specialization.
  5. Be knowledgeable and active in the legislative process of public policy, as it relates to the student's specific discipline.
  6. Interact effectively with individuals and families, taking into consideration social, psychological and cultural differences.
  7. Apply physical/biological and social sciences foundation in family and consumer sciences careers.
  8. Apply knowledge gained from the student's specialty area in family and consumer sciences careers.
  9. Apply critical thinking skills for analysis of social, economic and political issues.


The department is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The undergraduate curriculum prepares students for the degree, Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences. The major is called Family and Consumer Sciences and offers three concentrations. The student will select one of the following concentrations.

Family and consumer sciences majors must earn a minimum grade of C in all required family and consumer sciences subject-matter courses. The student can complete the total number of 131 to 134 semester hours in four academic years (two semester terms per year) if the student schedules a regular course load of 16 to 18 hours each term. If a student needs to carry more than 20 hours at one time, special permission of the dean of the college is required.

Study beyond the baccalaureate degree is necessary to attain membership and credentials in certain professional organizations such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Advanced degrees are required for leadership and specialist positions, for college teaching, and for many career promotions. The master's degree is described in the graduate section of the catalog.


A minor in family and consumer sciences is available to non-majors by taking 18 hours of family and consumer sciences courses. The minor incorporates nine semester hours of family and consumer sciences core courses which provide a basis for nine semester hours of upper-division electives. The minor consists of the following courses: Child and Family Studies 100 or Consumer Resource Management 202 (3), Nutrition 100 or Food Science 200 (3), Interior Design 100 or Textiles, Clothing, and Fashion Merchandising 202 (3), and selected courses for nine semester hours at the upper division. The electives should be approved by an advisor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Three of the nine hours intended for electives may be at the lower division if a prerequisite is being satisfied for the remaining upper-division courses.

Students majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences are not required to complete a minor in a supporting academic discipline. However, family and consumer sciences students have the option, and may elect to do so. The option for completing a minor is especially well suited to the concentration in interior design/fashion merchandising. The choice to complete a minor means that the student must comply with the stated guidelines for the selected minor. Additional hours may be needed in pursuing a minor.


Modern classroom and laboratory facilities are housed in Gooch Hall for almost all family and consumer sciences courses. Separate facilities exist, serving as laboratories for courses in child development and family relationships. The Margaret N. Perry Children's Center is a facility providing services designed for the social and educational enrichment of young children. This includes a kindergarten-readiness program. Services are also available at the center for school-aged children after school.

The Child and Family Resource Center is another facility, housing the Infant Stimulation Program which provides services to preschool children who are developmentally delayed and their families. This program also has a second location in Paris. Students interested in careers in this field do observations at these facilities.

Other specially funded programs which are a part of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences include: Tennessee's Early Intervention Program­coordinating services for families in Northwest Tennessee; Parent Education and Children's Health Program­providing parenting education to the general public; Healthy Start Program­providing parent education for first-time parents; Child Care Technical Assistance Center­providing services, referrals, training and materials to child care providers; Tennessee's Early Intervention System--providing services coordination, referral, and support services to children with developmental delays and their families; Family Child Care Registration Program--facilitating and assisting in the voluntary registration of family child care home providers; Tennessee Stars Program--assessing licensed child care centers and homes on the environmental rating scale; and Parent Information and Resource Center--seeking to increase parents' knowledge of and confidence in child rearing activities.

Student Organizations

UT Martin Family and Consumer Sciences students are active in the Preprofessional/Graduate Student Group of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Fashion Merchandising Association, the Interior Design Group, the Student Dietetic Association, and Phi Upsilon Omicron. These organizations provide opportunities for students to interact socially and professionally.

Internships and Supervised Field Experience

A supervised field experience or an undergraduate internship may be selected by the student with the intent of developing specialization in one's preferred career. A student must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average in order to enroll in field experience. For students enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, the supervised field experience is supervised student teaching.

Concentrations in the Family and Consumer Sciences Major

Common to all Family and Consumer Sciences concentrations is a core component consisting of the following courses:

Core Component Courses


Child and Family Studies 100


Family and Consumer Sciences 100, 400


Interior Design 100


Nutrition 100


Textiles, Clothing, and Fashion Merchandising 300




Total Hours


In each concentration a certain number of hours is to be completed in electives selected from the humanities. Acceptable for this requirement are courses in the following areas:

Humanities Elective Courses

The additional degree requirements for each program are identified on the following pages.

Interior Design/Fashion Merchandising Concentration
Child, Family and Consumer Sciences and Education Concentration
Dietetics Concentration

Courses Offered by Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Description of Courses