The John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences provides instructional, research, extension and outreach programs that enable families, individual family members and consumers to achieve an optimum quality of life throughout the life span. Instructional programs prepare professionals for careers serving families and consumers in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing society.
There are two broad areas of study:
• In Retailing and Consumer Sciences students study the whole spectrum of the industry including retailing of fashion soft goods, food, general merchandise, and services. The program also examines traditional store retailing as well as non-store retailing, such as catalogs and e-commerce. Three supplemental, specialized certificate programs are available, in food retailing, international retailing and visual merchandising.
With a professional undergraduate degree in retailing and consumer sciences from the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, our graduates move forward into the business world equipped to become leaders in a global marketplace (Read more and view statistics).
• Family Studies and Human Development focuses on generation and dissemination of basic and applied knowledge concerned with human development and family relations throughout the life span. Students will enjoy satisfying professions that improve the quality of life for families and individuals of all ages. Graduates will be able to demonstrate their dedication in careers that focus more on people than bottom lines.
With a professional undergraduate degree in family studies and human development from the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, our graduates are prepared with real-world experiences to explore careers in the fields of family health, criminal justice, psychology and other related areas (Read more and view statistics).
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