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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

The Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. We are pleased that you have chosen to visit our website.  We offer programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science, as well as, several degree minors, certificate programs, and opportunities to enter a dietetic internship.  We are the largest Family and Consumer Sciences program on the west coast and are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.  In addition, our option areas also hold a variety of discipline-specific accreditations.

We are currently the largest department on the CSULB campus, with over 2200 majors, minors, graduate and certificate students.  Our faculty, many of whom are noted in their fields, are devoted to serving and teaching students.  Our valued lecturers have vast experience in their field and enthusiastically share this information in the classroom.

Our mission is to prepare leaders for the family and consumer sciences professions.   We are an exemplary, comprehensive and integrative unit in the California State University system that focuses on teaching, scholarship and service to and about individuals, families, and communities in a diverse, dynamic society.

Thank you for considering our program for your academic needs.  Please feel free to contact us with questions or to obtain needed information.  We look forward to welcoming you into our department.


 Wendy Reiboldt, Ph.D.

 Professor and Department Chair


News and Events

CA-AFCS Biennial Student Conference

The CA-AFCS Biennial Student Conference brings students together and provides an opportunity to engage in dialogue that highlights the impact FCS has on quality of life issues.

This year’s theme is “Giving Back through FCS” and will highlight ways that FCS professionals can utilize their knowledge and skillsets to make a difference in their local communities.
Professional keynote speakers from FCS specializations will speak about the means through which they are currently giving back to society through the work they are doing.

The Student Competition will be an opportunity for students to share their creative ideas of ways that FCS can work to give back to individuals, families, and/or communities.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019, 10AM TO 2PM
Admission is FREE
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge

Enjoy our Family and Consumer Sciences' Newsletter.


The Truth About Added Sugar by Dr. Virginia Gray


Inside CSULB

The Digital Wave of Fashion
Family and Consumer Sciences’ Myunghee Sohn knows the future of fashion could be in the use of digital avatars.


Family and Consumer Sciences’ Libby Gustin, who hosts a TV show called “Libby’s Sustainable Kitchen,” part of her efforts to get everyone to eat healthier.

BeachTV Libby's Kitchen 01 - Farm to Table Freshness

Libby's Sustainable Kitchen



Summer Session Fun

New York Fashion Study Tour
July 14-19, 2019
Class Highlights Include:

  • Tickets to Broadway play, Metropolitan Art Museum Costume Exhibit, FIT
  • 8-10 Seminars such as:  Fashion Designers showrooms,  fashion workrooms, textile companies, Manhattan retailers, costume designers, vintage clothing companies, and more
  • Half-day city tour of Manhattan

Study Abroad is Offered by Our Different Option Areas:

Study Abroad: Child Development and Family Studies



Take the CDFS 490 : Learning about Children and Families Living in Europe: A Visit to Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, and Slovenia (3 Units) course.

Learn about the history, culture, the war years, the recovery, the ethnic diversity of the Families in Central Europe. Personally see the plight of children and families, the tremendous challenges they suffered, and hear stories of survival and endurance. Visit a church, a mosque, and a synagogue.

Winter Flyer 2019-2020

Contact Information: Dr. Nilufer Medora

Study Abroad: Fashion Merchandising

French Fashion Study Abroad
Summer Session 2019
June 1-14, 2019
French Fashion Culture
FCSE 490
Open to all majors (no background necessary)
Course taught by: Professor
Suzanne Marshall (CSULB Fashion Merchandising and Design) in collaboration with Paris fashion professionals. For more information and application form contact Professor Marshall at
or see:

Study Abroad:  Food Science

Food Science
Distilling and Brewing Technology in Barbados
July 22–August 9, 2019 (2 weeks abroad, 1 week online)

Contact Dr. Cheryl Rock for more information

Study Abroad: Hospitality Mangement

Hospitality Management

July 2019
Summer Study-Abroad Program at Tamkang University, Taiwan sponsored by CSULB HFHM 274 (G.E. - D2 & Global Issues): International Hospitality Development (3 units)


CSULB Tuition & course materials for HFHM 274 & Chinese Language, insurance, airport transfers, accommodation, transportation, field trips, & some meals.

Register Through

College of Continuing & Professional Education, CSULB (562) 985-5561


International Students Interested in Coming for Short-term Study at California State University, Long Beach

Hospitality Management
Students from the international community, University Program Brochure


The CSULB-ISPP through the DPD!!

The CSULB Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (CSULB-ISPP) accepts applications for dietetic interns in the spring, after DICAS matching.  ISPP programs were developed in coordination with ACEND to offer more opportunities to DPD graduates for supervised practice hours.  The CSULB-ISPP accepts up to 25 dietetic interns each year who complete supervised practice in the state of California.  CSULB Nutriton and Dietetics graduates are given preference, but application is open to all DPD graduates who have applied and not been matched through DICAS on at least one occasion.  For more information or questions about the application process, there is an informational board located upstairs in the FCS building, near the Child Care center.  Or please contact the DPD Director, Dr. Rachel Blaine at








Contact Information

Family & Consumer Sciences
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, California 90840-0501
Phone: (562) 985-4484
Fax: (562) 985-4414
Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 12:00 noon and 1:00- 5:00 pm

Advising Center

Academic Advising Center provides GE and major advising for undergraduate students in the College of Health and Human Services.

To declare any of the Family and Consumer Sciences options as your major, go to AAC.

AAC is located in HSD-117
Center Hours:
Monday -Thursday 8am - 4:30 pm
Friday from 8 am - 3 pm

Call or check AAC's Website for open advising hours.

Phone: (562) 985-2691


Scholarships and Grants



Travel Funds for Students

Travel Funds through Student Life and Development:

Travel Funds through ASI:

HOGAR travel solicitation 2019

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