Why FCS

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers six different academic majors, but the common characteristics among all of our programs include a caring and knowledgeable faculty, outstanding academic and technological resources, and instruction on the latest trends from the industry. Additionally, our students have access to numerous professional opportunities through internships, field work, guest speakers, and our own professional connections.

Here are a few great reasons to attend Baylor for a major in Apparel Merchandising, Apparel and Product Development, Child and Family Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences, Interior Design, or Nutrition Sciences:

Access to Great Academic Resources and Hands-On Learning Opportunities

We are one of the few schools in the country to have a fabric printer that uses the technology of nano-inks, allowing our students to experience all stages of the design process. We also produce a fashion show each spring, which became so popular we had to do it twice! Our students have access to the Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development, the Parker Design Center with a CAD lab, a food science lab, and an interior design product library.

Great Placement Rates for Jobs or Graduate Programs

Our curriculum and other learning experiences make our graduates fit for graduate school or the work force. You'll have knowledge of the latest trends and research in your field of study as well as some great experiences for your resume.

A Caring and Knowledgeable Faculty

We've got more than just an "open door policy." In our department it's an "open door culture." Small class sizes allow for individual attention, and faculty are always accessible. We are committed to providing you with a comprehensive and thorough education in a supportive environment. Additionally, our faculty are active scholars, conducting research and engaging in other scholarly activity to make sure that what goes on in the classroom is the most up-to-date knowledge in the profession.


"Inspiring Leaders....Improving Lives”

The future looks bright, but as growth occurs, needs for the department increase. The department’s ambitious plans include:


  • Our Expanding Family and Consumer Sciences facilities include both the Mary Gibbs Jones Building and the Goebel Building. The Mary Gibbs Jones Building houses lecture classrooms and labs for Nutrition Sciences, Child and Family Studies, and Apparel Design. Bringing Parker Design Center to the Jones Building would greatly help interior design and fashion design students with their projects. In addition to needing more space, we would like to update the facility’s technological capabilities with “smart” classrooms and other equipment.

  • Students in our child development classes have the unique opportunity to study at The Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development. The Piper Center, which serves children (and parents!) in the Baylor and Waco community, would also benefit from refurbishment and expansion.

  • As we strive to provide our students with the best-possible education, we have expanded our degree offerings to include a master’s degree in Nutrition Sciences and accompanying research-focused faculty to support this program.

  • Endowed scholarships put Baylor within financial reach of more families and allow us to reward excellent students. Endowing a scholarship leaves a permanent legacy for the Family and Consumer Sciences education of current and future students.

As the department continues to grow in numbers and productivity, we encourage you to be a vital part of the process. Gifts to our excellence fund enable us to purchase needed equipment and technology, support student scholarships, and more. You may make a gift online through Baylor’s secure website 

We need your help to expand our efforts and continue to prepare our students to be successful professionals, family members and community leaders of tomorrow.