Family and Consumer Sciences at Messiah College
Your passion for improving the lives of families – the basic building block of society-- can lead to a rewarding career in a profession that is currently in high-demand.
Passionate about the well-being of families, children, teenagers and older adults? Thinking about a career focused on making a fundamental difference in the lives of others? Then check out Messiah’s fully accredited family and consumer sciences education major. One of only three such majors in Pennsylvania, Messiah’s program teaches you how to enhance the well-being of others by providing them with practical knowledge about everyday life issues like child development, family dynamics, foods and nutrition, and more.
You’ll delve into topics which enhance individual and family development. And beyond the classroom, this major at Messiah will also give you lots of hands-on opportunities to participate in school settings, develop curricula, and work one-on-one with our faculty.
Family and consumer sciences education major distinctives
As a family and consumer sciences major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Take courses in human development and family science, education, food and nutrition and early childhood education.
- Join the Messiah College Council on Family Relations (MCCFR) – a student professional organization affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations.
- Attend professional conferences and even co-present papers with faculty.
- Study abroad for a semester.
- Be well prepared for a career as a school counselor.
- Develop an independent study program in an area of family science that particularly interests you.
- Network with others at a department retreat, alumni career panel or (as appropriate) through the "Men of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS)" group.
- Become an Open House Diplomat and share information and your enthusiasm about the department with prospective students.
- Earn a Smith Scholar internship, which allows qualified students to work in apprentice relationships with faculty members.
- Learn about children by observing at the campus Early Learning Center (ELC).
Career options for family and consumer sciences education majors
As a graduate of the family and consumer sciences education program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- FCSE teacher
- Case manager
- Parent mentors
- Youth counselors
- Early intervention teacher
- Pre-school teacher
Internship and teaching opportunities for family and consumer sciences education majors
Messiah helps place students in a variety of family and consumer sciences education experiential learning opportunities. A few examples include:
- Students interact with various populations of people and agencies through service-learning course requirements
- All FCSE majors experience at least four different field placements, including urban and suburban middle and high schools, as well as our own NAEYC accredited Messiah College Early Learning Center (ELC).
- Required student teaching experience and curriculum development.
Learn more about the Department of Human Development and Family Science
The Department of Human Development and Family Science is housed in the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences. Learn more about the Department of Human Development and Family Science by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- All students learn how to observe children in our NAEYC-accredited Early Learning Center.
- Faculty areas of specialization include: Infant care, breastfeeding practices, families in later life, intergenerational relationships, mate selection, family science pedagogy, professional issues in family science, family life in the Bahamas, child development, Latino families, and marriage and family therapy.
- Faculty regularly publishes and presents at conferences.
- Faculty often involved students in research or in co-authoring pieces in various publications.
- Since 2004, nine scholar intern grants have been awarded to students in this department.
- Study abroad is encouraged and students frequently join faculty on three-week cross-cultural courses to destinations like the Bahamas, Malaysia, Kenya and Jamaica.
- Faculty values
mentoring and building relationships with students, aiding their professional