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Welcome to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
at Pittsburg State University

Welcome to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

  Family & Consumer Sciences is the application of the sciences to the betterment of individuals, families and society.
It includes what was historically known as Home Economics. 

News in FCS:

Fashion Merchandising area:  The Fashion Merchandising are will not be accepting any new students starting for the 2018 - 2019 academic year.  The change has come about due to decreasing student numbers in that area and the inability to find and retain faculty.  Questions can be directed to Dr. Duane Whitbeck, department chair. 2/04/18

Say Yes to FCS:  If you are interested in a career in Family & Consumer Sciences Education contact Mrs Sheila Cook, FCS Education program coordinator or Dr. Duane Whitbeck, department chair.

Program name Change

Starting in the Fall 2017 semester the Early Childhood Development program changed its name to Child Development.  This was being done to more accurately reflect the content.  We are also working on a Child Development  non-Teaching track for those who want to work with or for the benefit of children, youth and families in varied settings.

AAFCS Conference

Dr. Duane Whitbeck, chair of the department and Past-President of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, Dr. Shawnee Hendershot and three students attended the AAFCS National Conference in Dallas on June 25 - 28.  The theme of this years conference was Financial Fitne$$:  Trends, Innovations & Impacts.


We will still have a few more openings for the 2017 - 2018 preschool year.  Contact Dr. Amber Tankersley, Director at 620-235-4460 to learn more.  

Visit the preschool page at www.pittstate.edu/department/family/preschool for more information about the preschool and to download the application.


The PSU Little Gorillas Preschool is still  taking applications for Spring and Fall 2017.  Contact our main office (235-4457) for more information.  You can also get children on the wait list for next year.

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