Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences


Department of Health and Human Sciences

The Family and Consumer Sciences program at Southeastern prepares students for careers that address the adequate provision of basic human needs. Students in the program take part in a dynamic curriculum that provides employment preparation and personal development required for today's career opportunities.

Career Information

Types of Jobs

  • Account Representative
  • Adult/Elderly Care
  • Adult/Elderly Community Educator
  • Advertising/Promotions
  • After School Program Director
  • Buyer/Assistant Buyer
  • Camp Counselor
  • Care Director or Teacher
  • Career and Technical Educator
  • Caterer (entrepreneurial)
  • Child Development Program Administrator/Owner
  • Child/Youth Activity Director
  • Child/Youth Program Director
  • Children's Book Author and/or Editor
  • Community and Child Welfare Worker
  • Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Credit Counselor/Financial Manager
  • Customer Service
  • Day Care Director or Teacher
  • Designer
  • Diet Center Director
  • Direct Sales
  • Education Consultant
  • Embroidery Designer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Family Advocate
  • Family Life Educator/Writer
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Food Author (cookbooks, brochures)
  • Food Editor/Critic
  • Food Science Technician
  • Food Safety Inspector
  • Human Relations
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Inventory Planning Manager
  • Menu Developer and Recipe Analyst
  • Merchandiser/Coordinator/Assistant
  • Museum Textile/Clothing Collection, Care and Display
  • Nanny/Au Pair
  • Nutrition Researcher
  • Order Entry Specialist
  • Parent Educator
  • Personal Shopper
  • Piece Goods Trim Buyer
  • Production Coordinator/Manager/Assistant
  • Product Promoter and Demonstrator
  • Program Developer and Fund Raiser
  • Professional Presenter
  • Public Health Nutrition Educator
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Research Technician
  • Resources Manager
  • Retail Store Manager/Retail Operations Supervisor
  • Sales Executive
  • School Food Service Management
  • Showroom Manager/Assistant Manager
  • Social Services Agency Worker/Administrator
  • Teacher, Family Consumer Sciences
  • Technical Manager/Director/Designer/Production Supervisor
  • TV/Radio Personality
  • Visual Display
  • Warehouse Specialist or Manager
  • Weight Loss Consultant (not Registered Dietitian)

Types of Employers

  • After-school programs
  • Children's museums
  • Drug and alcohol programs
  • Food companies
  • Food production equipment
  • Head Start program
  • Nutrition pharmaceuticals
  • Research labs
  • Resorts and cruise lines
  • Schools
  • Toy company
  • Youth-centered retail


  • Accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

  • Graduates of the program qualify to sit for the exam to become a Certified Family and Consumer Scientist through AAFCS

  • Recognized by the National Council on Family Relations as an approved program to offer students the opportunity to become Certified Family Life Educators

  • Flexible, 100-percent and 50-percent online courses available

  • Emphasis on service learning through course projects and internships

  • Honors curriculum available


  • Total semester hours required: 120

  • Career portfolio required for all graduates, beginning at the freshmen level and completed in the capstone course


  • Child Life Specialist

  • Fashion Merchandising

  • Human Development and Family Studies

  • Nutrition Education and Promotion


  • Family and Consumer Sciences


  • Southeastern Association of Family and Consumer Sciences


Contact Information

Dr. Holly Kihm

Tel: 985-549-5693
Fax: 985-549-3758

Mailing Address

SLU Box 10863
Hammond, LA 70402

On-Campus Address

White Hall, Room 108A


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