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Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Health and Human Services

A CSULB Student works on the grass

Department Chair: Wendy Reiboldt

Department Office: Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Bldg., Room 001
Telephone / Fax: (562) 985-4484 / 985-4414

Faculty: Judith Anglin, Lee Blecher, Maria Claver, Gail C. Frank, Avery E. Goldstein, James E. Koval, Jacqueline Lee, Margaret Lichty, Suzanne Marshall, Nilufer Medora, Wendy Reiboldt, Lydia Sondhi, M. Sue Stanley, Ramses B. Toma (Emeritus), Richard V. Tuveson, Jung-Mao (Ronnie) Yeh

Baccalaureate Program Coodinator: Richard V. Tuveson

Graduate Coordinator: Jacqueline J. Lee

Single Subject Credential Advisor: Margaret Lichty

Administrative Support Coordinators: Mikal Lok, Marina Bendersky

Instructional Support Technician: Bonnie Rice


The faculty of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences seeks to prepare men and women to enter professions concerned with enhancing the quality of individual and family life in the context of the near environment. The following objectives have been articulated:

  • To prepare men and women to the highest standards for professions in Family and Consumer Sciences and related fields requiring a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • To prepare students for successful careers within the diversity of human relationships while enhancing their own physical, psychological, and emotional development through their lifespan.
  • To provide continuing education and post-master’s study in professional fields of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • To provide information to a diverse student population and the community about current services and career opportunities as well as the potential for emerging professional careers in a changing society.
  • To employ the most effective methodology and useful resources on the university campus and in the surrounding communities. Provide the best quality program within the structure of the CSU system.
  • To continue creative and scholarly research for the future growth of the profession.
  • To apply knowledge gained from research and study to serve the needs identified in the university and surrounding community.


The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Council for Accreditation, 1555 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: 703-706-4600). The Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship are accredited by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) (Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, American Dietetic Association, 216 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, phone: 312-899-4872). The Preschool and Toddler Study Laboratories are accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children. Family Studies Program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations to offer a program leading to Provisional Family Life Education Certification.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Master of Science degrees.

Curricula are designed to provide a liberal arts education through study in the social and natural sciences, the humanities and the arts, and to offer specialized instruction based on these disciplines which will lead to professional careers in Family and Consumer Sciences and related fields.

Programs of study cover various aspects of the field: Fashion Merchandising and Design, Child Development and Family Studies, Consumer Affairs, FCS Education, Food Science, Gerontology, Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management, Nutrition and Dietetics.

Degrees and certificates available in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences in the following option areas: Child Development and Family Studies; Consumer Affairs, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Family Life Education, Fashion Merchandising and Textiles and Clothing
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Food Administration in the following option areas: Nutrition and Dietetics and Food Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Foodservice and Hotel Management
  • Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Master of Science in Nutritional Science
  • Master of Science in Gerontology (specific requirements are listed under Gerontology)
  • Dietetic Internship
  • Foodservice Systems Administration Certificate
  • Gerontology Certificate (Specific requirements are listed under Gerontology)
  • Home Economics Single Subject Teaching Credential (a 5th year of study is required)

Information about Family and Consumer Sciences sponsored degrees and certificates are organized by degrees and options.