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Family & Consumer Sciences

Why Major In Family & Consumer Sciences at The Master's College?

Mrs. Beth Mackey, Chair, Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

Fulfill The Biblical Precept

Titus 2:3-5 instructs the older women to "admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God will not be discredited." This passage implies that the younger woman learns how to:

  • Use time management skills in her home.
  • Manage the family finances.
  • Cook nutritious meals.
  • Practice hospitality.
  • Joyfully submit to her husband.
  • Raise her children in the "fear and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4)...

...so that the Word of God will not be discredited.

The Family & Consumer Sciences discipline encompasses the six areas described in Titus 2:3-5-it's simply good stewardship to merge the Biblical Mandate with one's professional pursuits.

Acquire Professional Preparation

Professional opportunities abound in Family and Consumer Sciences! A sampling of career tracks available at The Master's College include Family & Consumer Scientist in Business, Child Development, Clothing, Textiles and Design (both Clothing and Interiors), Human Services (Biblical Counseling with the ability to diagnose and prescribe), Foods and Nutrition, Communications, and International Service (Missions). Generating from these career tracks, the course in Entrepreneurship trains our students to establish home-based business. Marketability is a consistent thread throughout the Family & Consumer Sciences curriculum at The Master's College. Beginning with vocational assessment and investigation of career options in the Orientation to Family & Consumer Sciences course and concluding with the completion career preparation projects in Philosophic and Professional Issues, the concept of professional stewardship is encouraged.

Experience The Department's Distinctives

Today's world demands a flexibility and response to change for which many are not prepared. Family & Consumer Sciences at The Master's College is designed to train Christian women to meet these changes with confidence! Courses within the department promote individual character development, increase one's professional skills, develop insights into home and family living, and prepare its students to enter a wide range of vocational options. As a profession, Family & Consumer Sciences applies the findings of the physical, biological, and social sciences to improving the quality and standards of individual and family life. Additionally, it cultivates a knowledge of the arts to make life more creative, enjoyable, and emotionally satisfying. Master's students majoring in Family & Consumer Sciences participate in a number of learning and enrichment activities, which emphasize:

  • Maximizing human resources.
  • Coping with economic uncertainty.
  • Assessing the importance of fibers and fabric in today's clothing.
  • Maintaining lifetime nutrition.
  • Understanding growth and development from infancy to aging.
  • Creating positive parenting attitudes.
  • Interpreting the housing needs of the individual and the family.
  • Understanding family differences and cultures.
  • Responding to twenty first century issues facing individuals and families.
  • Utilizing modern scientific methods and resources to enhance quality of life.
  • Generating research to identify the needs of individuals and families.
  • Approaching individuals and families with preventative measures rather than crisis intervention.
  • Educating the public to ensure productive and harmonious individual and family lifestyles.

Family & Consumer Sciences Core Curriculum

Our core classes allow the student to acquire a solid foundation in Family Studies and Consumer Sciences. Courses are divided into three categories:

  • Character - designed to develop the character of the Christian woman.
  • Principle - acquisition of the academic knowledge necessary for a strong foundation in the Family & Consumer Sciences profession.
  • Laboratory - perfection of the skills unique to the Family & Consumer Sciences profession.

Students must focus on a specific concentration in Family & Consumer Sciences in the junior and senior year. Where possible, they engage in an internship leading to professional employment in such areas as:

  • Family & Consumer Scientist in Business
  • Clothing, Textiles & Design
  • Foods & Nutrition
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Preparation for Graduate School
  • Family & Consumer Scientist in International Service (Missions)
  • Family & Consumer Scientist in Human Services (Biblical Counseling)

 

The Home Economics--Family and Consumer Sciences Department at The Master's College was founded, in 1987, at the request of Dr. MacArthur .