Family and Consumer Sciences
Associate in Arts (Transfer)
A degree in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) provides students a valuable foundation in the preparation for a career in helping others with their everyday lives. FCS plays an important role in supporting individuals and families in their daily challenges.
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This program will prepare students to transfer into four-year programs such as Family & Consumer Science Education; Fashion Design & Merchandising; Human Development; Family Science, Food & Nutrition; Interior Design; Public Health Education; and Hospitality Management
The Family & Consumer Sciences program offers small class sizes in a variety of formats to meet student needs.
Find networking and leadership opportunities through the ICC Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Dietitian, Teacher, Interior Designer, Writer, Financial Planner, Public Health Worker, Social Worker
if Full Time
60 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
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Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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Choosing a career that focuses on helping others is a great option in our world today! FCS provides meaningful classes to start the student on the right path for a service-oriented career!Nikki Baechler, MS, RD, LDN, Program Coordinator, Family Consumer Science/Nutrition
How Do I Get Into the Family and Consumer Sciences Program?
If you love to help others and want to provide a better life for people in your community, then a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences might be for you! Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- High school courses in English, creative writing, biology, and art are beneficial for this program.
- Involvement in theater, speech or debate teams, or experience working in food service are helpful for this program.
What Can I Expect As a Family & Consumer Sciences Student?
- Students are encouraged to select electives that will provide additional expertise in business, accounting, management, psychology, and sociology.
- Work with an advisor to develop a plan that meets your personal and academic goals.
- Alumni have gone on to work at OSF St. Francis, UnityPoint Health, public health departments, and the University of Illinois Extension.
- Graduates have transferred to Illinois State University, Bradley University, and the University of Illinois.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.