Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences staff and students with a foam board model of the campus.


The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is very proud of our students who continue to be amazing in the classroom, with student organizations and in community service,  graduating and taking positions in the region and nation-wide fulfilling our mission:  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.



Graduate students who were part of the 2013-14 Dietetic Internship Program achieved a 100% pass rate for the Registered Dietitian Examination.


In 2014-15 the Department has 11 Student Ambassadors who have assisted with Preview Days, Academic Major and Career Fairs, and recruitment opportunities at area High Schools as well as corresponding with perspective students about their major. A total of 231 high school students requested further information about our program during fall semester.


Spring and summer 2014 found our FCS students in a variety of locations gaining experience that will help them excel when they graduate and get their first job. The places they performed their field experiences included: UT Extension in Haywood County and DeKalb County, C'est Moi Boutique Brentwood, David's Bridal Franklin, UTM Children's Center, Infant Stimulation Program, LEMAC Summer Enrichment Program, Trenton, TSU TennCAREs Early Head Start, Children's Corner, Union City, TECTA Austin Peay, Clarksville, and Sweet Peas Child Care, Parsons.


For 2013-14 Family and Consumer Sciences had 28 graduates who are in careers ranging from FACS teachers to Retail Store Managers.


Licensing and Credentialing in 2012:
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) students who completed their DPD course work and went on to complete a Dietetic Internship and Family and Consumer Sciences Education students completing their programs at UTM in 2012 had a pass rate of 100% on the Registration Dietitian Exam and the Licensure exam respectively.

Retention and Graduation Rates:
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences had a 85.7% retention rate in 2012-13 compared to UT Martin’s retention rate of  69.9% for the same period for full-time first-time freshmen returning their sophomore year.
The Six-Year Graduation rate for Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) students beginning in our program and graduating with a Family and Consumer Sciences degree was 31.3% for those entering in 2007.
For those beginning their degree in FCS in 2006, 41% received an undergraduate degree from UT Martin within 6 years.
For 2012-13, 36 students graduated with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Job Placement Rates: For 2012-13 graduates (26 reporting),  46% were employed in careers within their degree major, 27% were employed outside their degree major, 15% went on to Graduate School and 12% were not employed.  This is compared to the total for UT Martin of 40% of graduates being employed within careers in their degree major.
For the Department, credit hour production increased 2013-14 over the previous year by 69% for non-family and consumer sciences students at UT Martin taking courses in FCS.  This is primarily due to the course Introductory Nutrition being included as a general education core from which all UTM students may choose.

We welcome input from prospective and current students, alumni and friends. Alumni, let us know what you are doing so we share with others through Facebook (Key words: UTM Family and Consumer Sciences) and our Alumni Newsletter.

Sue Byrd, CFCS, Ph.D.
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

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