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Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Through the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, you can pursue your interests in families, food, fashion, commercial design, children, teaching and so much more.

  • As you prepare for Christ-centered service to individuals, families and communities, you will enjoy the integrative study that this department offers.

    For your learning, we’ve prepared a diverse set of specialty programs with the central mission of enhancing human health and well-being. Study dietetics, fashion merchandising, housing and environmental design, education, child development, family and community services, and/or hospitality.

    With the emphasis on Christ-like professionalism, we provide the content, practice and skills you need to succeed in your chosen career. You will enjoy lasting bonds among students and with faculty that lead to lifelong relationships.

    At Olivet, you can: 

    • Participate in team-building experiences. Here's the story of one group project that turned into a real world team-building experience: “Fire didn’t stop this FACS project” 
    • Develop community service projects with your team.
    • Experience firsthand ways that your chosen profession provides service to others in your community.
    • Pursue your interest in event planning and production with courses in marketing, hospitality, business and communication.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    A lot happens outside the classroom in all of our FACS programs. Field trips. Service projects. Team activities.

    Past service projects include: 

    • Redecorating Salvation Army Thrift Store
    • Recycling project at ONU and in the community
    • Ronald McDonald Family Fall Fest
    • Half Pint Health Fair
    • Hoops for Hunger, benefiting Center of Hope, Kankakee
    • Empowerment for a Brighter Future, supporting adult education through child care

    Compete for awards in the Ugly Kitchen Contest. Those entering the competition receive valuable experience, and winners receive cash prizes.

    Use your skills, talents and learning in completing field experiences and practicums in area hospitals, preschools, public and private elementary and secondary schools, and other settings.

    Additional opportunities

    Complete an internship during your senior year. Our students have worked for a variety of local and national companies, including: Ethan Allen, Disney World, Pottery Barn, Old Navy, Dillard’s, Kitchen Gallery of Bourbonnais, Head Start, March of Dimes, Nordstrom. Internships are introductory-level positions, often paid and have resulted in full-time jobs.

    Earn professional development points by attending local, state and national meetings for your area of study. Network with local and national leaders in your field at conferences of your choice.

    Become a member of Kappa Omicron Nu, Kappa Delta Rho Chapter, the national honor society for Family and Consumer Sciences majors; Student Unit of Family and Consumer Sciences (SUFACS); or
    Student Dietetics Club.


    Companies and organizations that have hired our graduates: TJX, Homewerks, Anthropologie, Wiley Office Furniture, Holly Hunt at Merchandise Mart Chicago, Limited Brands, Heartland Design Build

    Areas of study:

    Child Development, B.S. and A.A.S. 
    Dietetics, B.S.
    Family and Consumer Sciences, B.S. 
    Family and Consumer Sciences Education, B.S. 
    Family Studies, concentration
    Fashion Merchandising, B.S. 
    Hospitality, minor and concentration  
    Interior Design, B.S.  

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  • Learn from professors who care as deeply about your personal development as they do your academic success.

  • Department Faculty

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    Catherine Anstrom

    Debra Kimberlin

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