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Department of Family & Consumer Sciences


Mission To prepare diverse learners for careers, graduate studies, and leadership roles in the Human Sciences. Faculty and students will enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through the use of an integrative approach via teaching, research, and outreach. The department works in concert with the inherent functions of the University’s 1890 land-grant status.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at South Carolina State University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. For program aggregate data CLICK Here. The accreditation of South Carolina State University's Nutrition Option of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Child Development Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The success in attaining these accreditations is a testament to the high quality of our programs. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Nutrition and Food Management, (Options in Nutrition or Food Management) and Family and Consumer Sciences Business (Options in Child Development, Fashion Merchandising, and Multidisciplinary).

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at South Carolina State University prepares students who possess highly marketable skills and are competitive in their chosen areas of specialization. Each student enrolled in a program area is assigned an advisor who works diligently to ensure his/her success. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences treasures you as its valued customer and cooperatively strives to ensure that your efforts are productive and will result in an earned degree.

Undergraduate Programs


Graduate Programs 


Interim Chairperson

Dr. William H. Whitaker, Jr.


For more information, contact:

Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
300 College Street, NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117
Phone: 803-536-8992
Fax: 803-533-3628
Email: wwhitak3@scsu.edu