Family & Consumer Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The vision of our faculty is to produce outstanding graduates who use Family and Consumer Sciences knowledge and skills to address societal issues to promote the global well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (400 North Columbus Street, Suite 202, Alexandria, VA, 22314, telephone 703-706-4600). The didactic program in dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600 ext. 540). The undergraduate curriculum prepares students for the bachelor of science in family and consumer sciences. The major is called family and consumer sciences and offers seven concentrations:

UT Martin family and consumer sciences students are active in the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Student Unit, the Fashion Merchandising Association, and the Student Dietetic Association. These organizations provide opportunities for students to interact socially and professionally.


The mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences 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 of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences.

A complimentary 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.


Facilities for teaching and other activities of the academic program include modern classrooms, laboratories and demonstration areas, most located in Gooch Hall. Laboratories are equipped with modern equipment, large work centers, and portable demonstration units to facilitate effective learning.

  • The UT Martin Children's Center provides services for the enrichment of children, allows for the observation of young children and provides practical experience for students working with children.
  • The Child & Family Grant Programs is supported through funding from Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to provide services for children and families throughout West Tennessee. Through the programs, families are provided with community resources, information, education, and support as they engage in their children's early learning and development. Programs include the Infant Stimulation Program and Healthy Families Tennessee (Healthy Start, Healthier Beginnings, and TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

Graduate Programs of Study

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a master of science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with two options: general family and consumer sciences and dietetics. The first option is generalist in nature based on a selected range of comprehensive courses. Students under this option may choose an emphasis in child and family studies or remain generalist. Graduate assistantships are available. The dietetics option incorporates a Dietetic Internship Program in Dietetics (DI). (The Dietetic Internship Program at the University of Tennessee, Martin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics [ACEND]). The DI offers graduates of didactic programs in dietetics a post-baccalaureate, clinically based practicum. Students completing the DI portion of option two are eligible to take the examination that leads to becoming a registered dietitian (R.D). This option incorporates the DI practicum into an advanced degree program which will lead to a M.S. degree.


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