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2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

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Chiquita A. Briley, Ph.D., Interim Department Chair
107 Frederick S. Humphries
Family and Consumer Sciences and Nursing Education Complex
(615) 963-5601

Faculty: S. Ballard de Ruiz, R. Fleming, F.C. Chen, S. Godwin, A. Kilonzo-Nthenge, M. Machara, G. Matthews, V. Oates, H.W. Si, L. Speller-Henderson

General Statement: The purpose of the undergraduate program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is to provide both a liberal and specialized education in which the interests and well-being of individuals, family members, and consumers are significant. The program includes study of nutrition, food, health, clothing, textiles, management of resources, design, care and guidance of children, human growth and development throughout the life span, interpersonal relationships, and family relationships, with emphasis on breadth of knowledge and its application to the solution of contemporary human problems.

The unifying focus is on an integrative approach to relationships among individuals, families, and communities and the environments in which they function. The program seeks to (a) empower individuals, (b) strengthen families, and (c) enable communities.

Specifically the mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in professional family and consumer sciences careers who can use an integrated approach to relationship to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through; (a) education, prevention and development; (b) discovery of new knowledge and extension of this knowledge to an increasingly global community; and (c) service to the community.

The goals of the undergraduate programs in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences are to prepare individuals for (1) graduate and professional programs, (2) communicating family and consumer sciences concepts in formal and non-formal settings, (3) professional careers as entrepreneurs in business, the international arena, the public and government sectors and other agencies serving children and families, and (4) improved personal development including family life. In addition, the goal is to prepare empowered individuals who (5) can think critically, (6) empower others to live a more satisfying life, and (7) are committed to service.

Student Learning Outcomes

The graduates will:

  1. Have specialized knowledge and skills in the concentration/major areas to address work roles in their professional careers in education, government, industry and society;
  2. Have the capability to write research reports including identifying implications of research;
  3. Analyze and interpret data for implication in work and personal life;
  4. Use critical thinking skills to utilize diverse approaches for determining alternative solutions for issues;
  5. Communicate information to diverse groups at all levels of expertise;
  6. Recognize, respect, and value individual and societal diversity;
  7. Reflect on one’s own practices, articulate a philosophy and rationale for decisions, and continually self-assess as a basis for program planning and modification and continuing professional development;
  8. Establish and maintain positive, collaborative relationships with colleagues, other professionals, and families and work effectively as a member of a professional team;
  9. Practices ethical professional practice;
  10. Have the knowledge and skills to become advocates for public policy as related to individuals, families and communities;
  11. Use technology effectively in their work and family life;
  12. Pursue lifelong learning;
  13. Have an understanding of their responsibilities to their communities and the global society;
  14. Demonstrate understanding of the synergistic, integrative nature of the family and consumer sciences profession with its focus on the interrelationships among individuals, families, consumers, and communities as taught in human systems theory and life course development and students apply this understanding the study of their areas of specialization.


The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312)899-0040, ext. 5400.

Departmental Admission/Retention Requirements

All Family and Consumer Sciences majors must have a “C” or better in all courses in their area of concentration in order to graduate.

Admission/Retention Requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

The DPD at TSU provides the necessary coursework to meet the academic requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Admission Requirements: Prospective students must meet admission requirements and must apply for admission to this program. These requirements include:

  1. Cumulative GPA = 2.75 or better
  2. Achievement of at least junior status at the university (i.e. 60+ hours). These hours must include the courses listed in items 3 and 4.
  3. Grade of B or better in the following courses:
    NUFS 1110 - Food Principles and Meal Management (4) 
    NUFS 2110 - Elementary Nutrition (3) 
  4. Grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    BIOL 2210, 2211 - Human Anatomy and Laboratory (4) 
    CHEM 1110, 1111 - General Chemistry I and Laboratory (4) 
    CHEM 1120, 1121 - General Chemistry II and Laboratory (4) 
  5. Completion of application packet, which includes:
    1. DPD admission application
    2. Current transcripts from TSU and/or any other relevant Universities or colleges attended
    3. Completion of interview with dietetics faculty

Upon admission, all students are required to complete the coursework outlined on the curriculum map. When the majority of the coursework has been completed, and the student has maintained a minimum of a 2.75 GPA, the student is eligible to apply for a post-baccalaureate supervised practice experience, i.e. a dietetic internship or ISPP.

Before entering an internship, students must receive a Verification Statement Form from the DPD Director. Criteria to receive the form include:

  • Completion of all required courses. Student must have a C or better in courses that are designated as meeting KRD’s.
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Passage (75% or greater) on the comprehensive DPD examination

Teacher Education Admission and Retention Requirements:

Degree candidates seeking teaching certification in Early Childhood Education and Family and Consumer Sciences Education must meet requirements designed for the Teacher Education Program as below.

Each student who desires to be a candidate for admission to the Teacher Education Program will make application to the Director of Student Services and Teacher Education in the second semester of the sophomore year. The student must have earned a cumulative 2.75 GPA, and acceptable scores on PRAXIS I or the Computer Based Test (CBT).

Further clarification of the Teacher Education Program can be found in the College of Education section of this catalog; “Admission, Retention, and Student Teaching Requirements for the Teacher Education Program.” Students are required to complete 9 semester hours of student teaching which includes a dual placement. The Teacher Education Program was changed according to the Reach2Teach Program that was implemented Fall 2013.

Admission/Retention Requirements for Dietetics Concentration Programs in the Department

Students may elect majors or concentrations in the following:

Early Childhood Education (PreK-3 certification)
Family and Consumer Sciences with concentration in one of the following:

  • Child Development and Family Relations
  • Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Foods and Nutrition and Dietetics

Upper level students enrolled in any program can elect to complete the courses for the Family Financial Planning Program. The Department offers a Family Financial Planning Program that is designed to prepare professionals in personal financial planning who will have the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify to take Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) exam. Completing the six courses in Family Financial Planning courses at Tennessee State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree, passing the CFP exam and gaining the appropriate work experience will lead to the granting of the CFP(r) certification which is a recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning.

Due to the explosion of a rapidly changing and increasingly complex financial marketplace, families are searching and requesting assistance from financial professionals in managing their income, assets, debts, and much more. Financial service providers have noted this phenomenon and have extended their services to provide comprehensive financial assistance. Financial planners are employed in the marketplace with companies that specialize in retirement, equity trading, insurance, and real estate In addition; personal financial planners may work as a personal financial counselor in a company or may be self-employed.




      DesignEarly Childhood, Child Development, and Family RelationshipsFamily and Consumer Sciences EducationFashion MerchandisingFamily Economics and Resource ManagementFoods and Nutrition

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