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  Jan 18, 2018
2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is to equip students with knowledge and skills in one specialization of Family and Consumer Sciences, and to help support the students’ development toward a personal commitment to improving 1) the lives of individuals and families in their professional endeavors, 2) the lives of community members, and 3) personal family life.


To prepare students to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple factors that influence the development and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities throughout the lifespan.
  2. Identify appropriate resources to use in application for problem solving.
  3. Analyze research data or original published works and use critical thinking skills for evaluating products, research, or theories.
  4. Examine the value of societal diversity and ethical treatment of others as a result of their Christian faith.
  5. Identify specialization career paths and develop an appropriate career plan within a profession of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Tradition of Excellence

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences emphasizes the many dimensions of human functioning and the importance of studying all its aspects. The department seeks to prepare students for service and leadership in professions with strong family and consumer sciences skills to optimize the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The faculty is committed to developing and maintaining a close relationship with the students in the department. Point Loma Nazarene University is the only private Christian universitiy in California to offer an accredited Dietetics program and majors in Family and Consumer Sciences, Fashion Merchandising, Interior Design, Child and Adolescent Development, and Nutrition and Food. Child and Adolescent Development majors receive the added benefit of an on-site laboratory preschool. The curriculum, combined with the faculty’s dedication to being involved in students’ lives, provides students with excellent opportunities to move into challenging graduate programs or their chosen profession.

Career Opportunities

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences prepares students for careers in business, industry, public and private agencies, schools, institutions that provide goods, services, education, and information to consumers and families. Many students have become teachers, school administrators, social service agents, family/adult educators, manufacturer’s representatives, dietitians, fashion directors, interior consultants/coordinators, community service agents, nutrition educators, and healthcare specialists.


Nancy K. Murray, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Susan DeCristofaro Rogers, M.A.
Point Loma Nazarene University
Academic Director-Early Childhood Learning Center

Cindy Swann, M.S., R.D.
San Diego State University
Director of Dietetics

Kay M. Wilder, Ed.D., C.F.C.S., Chair
Northern Arizona University

Margaret S. Wing-Peterson, M.S., R.D.
University of California, Davis



     Point Loma Nazarene University offers four baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of the 50+ major programs also offer in-depth concentrations.

    If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.

    Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.


     Optional minors are offered in several schools and departments. The requirements governing minors are as follows:

    • Only minors that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation;
    • A minor is at least 16 units and is under the direct auspices of the respective school/department;
    • Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the minor for it to be granted;
    • The minor must show a minimum of nine (9) units in residence;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, nine (9) must be distinct from and not counted in the major;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, 12 must be at the upper-division level;
    • The pass/no credit option is not available for courses within the minor; and
    • A second minor, when feasible, requires a minimum of nine (9) units distinct from and not counted either in the major or in the first minor.


      Family and Consumer Sciences

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