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Minors and Interdisciplinary Programs

Minors in the department include:

Family & Consumer Sciences - A minor in Family & Consumer Sciences consists of at least 21 credit hours approved by the department of Family & Consumer Sciences.  These hours are chosen by the student in consultation with their adviser to meet their specific needs.  A minimum of 9 credit hours must be numbered 300 or above.  Program Guide

Early Childhood Development - This minor consists of four core courses:  FCS 285 Lifespan Human Development; FCS 390 Interacting with Children; FCS 391 Practicum in Early Childhood; FCS 590 Development of the Child: Birth through age 8.  Additionally students choose four other courses for a minimum of 11 credit hours from the following list:  Educ 322 Early Literacy and Language Development; Educ 323 Literature for Young Children Birth - 3rd; FCS 480 Dynamics of Family Relationships; FCS 490 Developmental Planning:  preschool & kindergarten; FCS 491 Preschool Laboratory; FCS 580 Family Violence & Child Abuse; FCS 680 Parent/Professional Relationships.  Program Guide

Fashion Merchandising - This minor consists of the following core courses:  FCS 150 Introduction to Merchandising; FCS 351 Apparel Evaluation; FCS 352 The Fashion Industry; FCS 356 Textiles; FCS 452 Fashion Buying and Merchandising. Additionally students select two of the following courses:  FCS 154 Dress & Culture; FCS 355 Construction Techniques; FCS 455 History of Costume.  Program Guide

Human Ecology  - This minor consists of the following core courses: FCS 230 Consumer Education & Personal Finance; FCS 285 Lifespan Human Development; FCS 430 Family Resource management; FCS 480 Dynamics of Family Relationships.  Additionally 9 credits must be selected from other departmental courses.  Program Guide

Interior Design - FCS 110 Introduction to interior Design; FCS 120 Communication Graphics; FCS 312 History of Design I or FCS 313 History of Design II; FCS 323 Interior Design materials & Resources; FCS 356 Textiles; CMCET 133 Construction graphics.  Program Guide

Youth & Adolescence - This minor consists of the following core courses: FCS 285 Lifespan Human Development or PSYCH 263 Developmental Psychology; FCS 571 Directed Readings; FCS 592 Study of Youth and Adolescence.  Additional restricted electives are selected in consultation with the adviser.  Program Guide

Other minors that the Family & Consumer Sciences department contributes toward

The list will include former internship placements and then list places of employment of graduates. While this is for our minor, we feel that it may still be of interest to both students and those advising students through PSU Career Services.

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