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Family and Consumer Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Dr. Duane Whitbeck

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Contact Person:
Holly Viets

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Phone: 620-235-4457
Fax: 620-235-4686

Family & Consumer Sciences
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

The Community and Family Services option (formerly Individual & Family Management) allows you to develop a strong foundation in the field with the flexibility to select a wide range of electives that reflect your interests and professional goals. The core of this program provides you with the tools to work with individuals and families within a variety of environments.  Through advising, internships, and specialized coursework, this program can be built to meet each student's individualized needs.  Human resources, geriatric services, Extension, leisure services, community engagement and management are but a few options to consider when developing your own program of study which has "working with people" as its focus.

Issues that have great importance for our changing world today include cultural diversity, the aging of the population, the impact of welfare reform, changes in funding at the local, state and national level, issues related to consumerism, and family resource management. Within each of these and other areas there is an aspect of public policy and thereby a need for both decision making, leadership and debate. These areas will have a tremendous impact on the ways in which community and human services are administered in the future.

Another name by which this type of program is known is Individual and Family Services.  Career tracks might include areas such as freelancing, entrepreneurship, or community services.

For some students who have targeted specifically County Extension programs this program sets them on the career path that includes knowledge of the areas and skills in presenting/sharing pertinent information.