• Students in the Child Life masters program

    Students in the Child Life masters program attended the Great Lakes Association of Child Life Professionals conference in Ann Arbor on November 2.

  • Mary Simpson, Kelly Weathers and Zee-Sun Yun at the International Textile and Apparel Association conference in Las Vegas.

    Mary Simpson, Kelly Weathers and Zee-Sun Yun at the International Textile and Apparel Association conference in Las Vegas.

  • students building a model

    CTE Credit

    New agreement awards qualifying students CEHD credit for CTE courses.

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  • students holding awards

    Kalamazoo Friends Meeting and Dr. Caroline Webber awarded students with 10 years of volunteer service at the first annual FCS open house. 

  • Dr. Li, Ms. Millar, and Nicole Steenland at award ceremony

    Presidential Scholar recipient Nicole Steenland with Dean Li and Ms. Robin Millar.

Mission statement

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences provides integrative educational programs and conducts research focused on reciprocal relationships; relationships among individuals, families and their near environments with the goal of improving the quality of life within a dynamic global community.


Summer nutrition series

In the world of nutrition, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet. There are many ways that individuals can attain and maintain good health through proper nutrition. However, knowing which diets are scientifically sound is another matter. This workshop, presented by a registered dietitian Gretchen Kauth, will address important factors to consider when choosing an eating plan and will compare and contrast some of the more popular diets that are trending today. The virtual session is at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23.

Contact Gretchen Kauth.

Academic programs

View a list of academic programs offered by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Ask the chair

If you have questions about FCS, concerns that you want to share, or good news about yourself, your academic program, or your student organization, please contact Dr. Ayers. She has appointments for individual meetings upon request.

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FCS student and faculty member recognized by the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - June 9

WMU's Fashion Merchandising program ranked #15 Best Bachelor Degrees in Fashion Merchandising - March 8

Passion for helping drives family studies graduate's success - Dec 16

WMU education instructors offer advice for parents navigating virtual learning with young kids - Sep. 15

FCS assistant professor receives Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award - June 28

Dietetics major receives scholarship from the American Culinary Federation - June 18

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