Family & Consumer Sciences
  • This photo was taken in the FCS Nutrition lab at Harding University.


    We have applied to ACEND to open a new program to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Fall 2021.

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  • This photo was taken in the FCS Nutrition lab at Harding University.


    Learn from experienced faculty with a variety of certifications and backgrounds.

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    Become a professional in Child Development, Nutrition & Dietetics, Family Life and more.

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    Pursue a career with one of the largest industries in the nation with a degree in Apparel Merchandising.

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Family and Consumer Sciences has been an integral part of the Harding University academic curriculum since its founding in 1924. We offer our graduates a competitive edge in the world of professional practice.  An excellent faculty dedicated to God and their students is the mainstay of the Department. Each student is given opportunities for networking with professionals through on-campus lecture series, career shadowing, field trips, internships, and attendance at professional meetings. Leadership development is fostered through departmental organizations as well as the state affiliates of professional associations.

We assist individuals, families and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.

Family and Consumer Sciences is multidimensional with the overall mission of assisting individuals, families and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. (AAFCS, 2010) It is one of the most exciting, diverse, and interesting professions that offers graduates a rewarding career in a variety of settings. The common link between all practice areas is the way in which professionals address the social, physical and economic well being of individuals, families and communities in their environment. The building blocks of human existence-food, clothing, shelter, human relationships, family life, consumer products and services remain the foundation of research, practice, and public policy advocacy.

Programs Offered

The FCS Department offers academic programs in Apparel Merchandising, Child Development, Child Life, Community Engagement, Event Management, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Family Life Education, General Family & Consumer Sciences, and Nutrition & Dietetics. Learn more about our academic programs.

Accreditation & Endorsement

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Harding University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Address: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400, E-mail:, Website:

This is the logo for the ACLP endorsement for FCS.The Child Life Major is endorsed by the Association of Child Life Professionals through April 2024. This recognition assures that the program meets the requirements set forth in the ACLP’s Standards for Academic and Clinical Preparation Programs, confirming that the program’s structure, curriculum, resources, support system, and sustainability are of the highest quality.

Our Mission


Christian professionals dedicated to empowering individuals, strengthening families and enabling communities.


Prepare Christian professionals to assume leadership roles that support quality of life of individuals and families in contemporary society.


In congruence with the mission of the University and the standards of The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Department seeks to:

  1. Provide opportunities for students to develop their God-given talents for service to individuals, families, communities and the church.
  2. Enhance students' growth in the fruit of the Spirit through daily interaction and classroom strategies.
  3. Prepare students for diverse careers in family and consumer sciences.
  4. Provide a solid foundation for students who pursue advanced study.
  5. Prepare students for a life-long commitment to learning and professional development.
  6. Contribute to the preparation of professionals in other disciplines.

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  • Child life broadens your horizons. You can go on so many different aspects.

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