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Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

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 two program areas: Nutrition and Food Management, and Family and Consumer Sciences Business, which has three options – 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.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is located in 211-A Nance Hall off of M. Maceo Nance, Jr. Boulevard. Nance Hall is located to the left of the Gaurd Booth at the Magnolia entrance and to to the left of Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our department.

Department Mission

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is to prepare students for a supervised practice program. The learning environment is structured to promote an appreciation for lifelong learning, effective problem-solving and for service to the community and profession. The education is congruent with standards of education enunciated by the credentialing organization, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Goals

Goal 1: Prepare graduates to become competent Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to meet the employment needs of the southeast region of the United States and the nation.


Objectives:

  1. 50% of the program graduates over a five-year period pass the CDR credentialing exam, for dietitians/nutritionists within one year following their first attempt.
  2. 50% of the graduates admitted to the program will complete the program within 2 years.
  3. 50% of graduates will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  4. 50% of graduates who apply to supervised practice will be admitted within 12 months of graduation.
  5. 50% of graduates will demonstrate how to apply evidenced-based information through research and critical thinking.

Goal 2: Prepare graduates who demonstrate lifelong learning, effective problem-solving, teamwork and a commitment to serving the community and the profession.


Objectives:

  1. 25% of graduates who respond to the alumni survey will indicate they have enrolled in graduate school.
  2. 90% of graduates will indicate in two years that they have performed at least one community service activity during the past year.
  3. At least 75% of employers who respond to a survey on program graduates in their first year of employment will rate them as above average in problem-solving and teamwork as compared to other employees.
  4. 25% of graduates will indicate on an alumni survey that they are preceptors.

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