Family & Consumer Sciences

Program Overview

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) encompasses the study of relationships among people and their personal environments, focusing on the impact of the physical, biological, and social environments on human behavior and development. If you have an interest in a career that involves serving consumers and families in developing living skills, food and nutrition habits, or managing living and working challenges, then a degree in family and consumer sciences is an excellent choice for educational advancement.

The general FCS curriculum prepares you for employment in businesses; agencies serving families; for transfer to FCS teacher education and career pathway programs at a university; and for productive family living and wise consumer decisions.

Upon graduation you will be qualified to apply nutrition science and culinary techniques that improve health and promote longevity, assist individuals and families in directing their short and long-term financial plans, design and implement life management strategies that improve individuals and families’ quality of life, and give direction on apparel selection using fashion principles and knowledge of textile characteristics and personal style.

FCS Education Transfer Emphasis:

If teaching is your passion, the family and consumer sciences education option will prepare you in transferring to a university and achieving the California secondary teaching credential. Our curriculum provides a comprehensive background to teach in Home Economic Careers and Technology (HECT) departments in California high schools.

Instructional assistantships/internships are available in the local high schools to gauge the student’s affinity for a future in teaching. There are additional courses available as electives in each subject area to provide an area of specialization for future teachers. The goal is to develop competence in the eight career path subject areas relevant to teaching Family and Consumer Sciences.

Fashion or Interior Design Emphasis:

The family and consumer sciences - fashion studies, fashion merchandising and interior design merchandising degree and certificate options at Allan Hancock College combine the study of: design and construction, style and body silhouette, clothing fitting, design principles, and textile characteristics and materials, with the business of fashion and interior design.

Fashion Studies

The fashion studies curriculum will prepare you for a career in one of the fastest growing industries in California. Courses are designed to provide the foundation for transfer to a four-year institution or technical schools specializing in fashion/costume design, production, and merchandising.

Fashion involves work with the design, production, and marketing of clothing, whether with a large manufacturer, a small specialty firm or with a one-person business.

Fashion Merchandising

The fashion merchandising curriculum will help you acquire needed skills for immediate employment in sales and merchandising, and for transfer to technical schools, four-year programs in fashion merchandising, and executive training programs for major specialty or chain stores. Our courses also offer general interest education if you simply want to explore new opportunities or update your job skills.

Interior Design Merchandising

The interior design merchandising curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for transfer to a four-year institution or technical school specializing in interior design. Our coursework will help you acquire needed skills for immediate employment as a specialty store salesperson, design product representative or owner/manager of your own business. From required coursework to elective classes, you will learn to integrate design principles and textile characteristics with your personal style to create and present projects and a portfolio tailored to your chosen career.


Applied Behavioral Sciences Department, Building H
Phone: 805. 922.6966 ext. 3401


Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Friday,  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer: closed

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