Montana State University

Health & Human Development

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173540
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540

Tel: (406) 994-3242
Fax: (406) 994-2013
Location: 218 Herrick Hall

HHD Undergraduate Advising Office

Tel: (406) 994-4001
Fax: (406) 994-6314
Location: 121 Hosaeus PE Complex

Department of Health & Human Development


Family & Consumer Sciences Major

The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) profession is dedicated to enhancing the relationships among individuals, families, communities and the environments in which they function. The family and consumer sciences profession takes leadership in improving individual, family, and community well-being; impacting the development, delivery, and evaluation of consumer goods and services; influencing the creation of policy; and shaping societal change, thereby enhancing the human condition.

Students in FCS take a common core of foundation courses in content areas based upon American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) standards. In addition, students take restricted supporting courses in the program.

Both teaching and nonteaching options are available as well as a teaching minor.



Please note: The Montana University System is presently undergoing common course numbering to ensure course transferability among Montana's campuses. Please refer to the course number equivalency tool to check equivalencies between old and new courses.

Both teaching and nonteaching options take the following core classes:

FCS 138--Surv of Family Finance & Cons Iss 3
EDEC 160--Early Childhood through Adolescent Development 3
FCS 239--Contemp Consumer Issues 3
FCS 263--Relationships & Family Sys 3
FCS 337--Personal and Family Finance I 3
FCS 371--Research Methods 3
FCS 465R--Family Law & Public Policy 3
FCS 437--Managing Work and Family 3
FCS 460--Parenting 3
FCS 457--Family Life Education 3
FCS 464--Gen,Race,Class & Fam Div 3
NUTR 221CS--Basic Human Nutrition 3
Take the following:
         FCS 338--Pers & Family Finance II 3
and  FCS 339--Fam Financial Counseling 3
OR    FCS 359--Theories Help Relations 3