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Family and Consumer Sciences - Family Services Option, B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Charleston, IL, United States
Are you interested in working with individuals and families? Our program provides students a broad education for careers in consumer affairs, dietetics, hospitality services, family services, or merchandising and textiles. The courses in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences provide the foundation for challenging careers.


Why choose EIU for Family Services?

  • Hands-on Learning
  • Integrative Learning
  • Program flexibility in coursework as well as in their career


  • Eastern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • American Association of Schools of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Food Selection and Preparation
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Personal Nutrition
  • Housing
  • Foundational Focus of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Family Relationships
  • Child Development
  • Personal and Family Finance
  • Professionalism in Family and Consumer Science
  • Family Life Sex Education
  • Family Theories
  • Practicum in Child Development
  • Internship
  • The Disadvantaged Family
  • Family Stress and Resilience
  • Aging and the Family
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Social Problems in Contemporary Society
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Women in Contemporary Society
  • Special Topics in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • International Special Topics in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Computer Use for Childcare Administrators
  • Working with Families of Children Identified as Exceptional
  • Curriculum for Child Care Homes and Centers
  • Designing and Managing Learning Environments in Early Childhood Programs
  • Working with School-Age Care Programs
  • Discipline and Guidance of Young Children
  • Grant Writing and Development in Human Services
  • Consumer Issues.
  • Family Systems and their Impact on Child Care
  • Developing Cultural Awareness in Young Children
  • Activity Planning to Facilitate Brain Development and Concept Formation in Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Children
  • Nutrition and the Addicted Person
  • Death and Dying
  • Infant Development
  • Parent/Child Study and Community Involvement
  • Administration of Child and Family Services Programs
  • Addictions and the Family
  • Psychology of Adolescence and Young Adulthood
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Women and Gendered Violence

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Official records (transcripts or mark sheets) beginning with secondary school. Transcripts must bear the seal and signature of the appropriate school official, and be accompanied by an official English translation if necessary. A minimum grade point average of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. All transcripts become property of this University. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to submit course descriptions or syllabi as this information will greatly expedite the transfer process.
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement: Official TOEFL, IELTS, STEP EIKEN, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or iTEP Academic Plus Examination mailed directly from the respective testing service. The school code for Eastern Illinois University is 1199. Test results are valid for two years only. Required scores are listed here. Please note, conditional admission is possible for students who have not met the English requirement.
  • A completed International Student Financial Affidavit Form, documenting sufficient funding for the intended program of study. To see the total cost of one year of study, please see our Costs page.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $30.00 U.S. in the form of a check, certified check or money order made payable to Eastern Illinois University.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      361 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 361 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      289 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 289 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      289 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 289 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    Estimated Cost:
    • Illinois & Border States: $20,756.28
    • Non-Border States: $22,916.28
    First-time freshmen meeting these academic requirements can also pay the current in-state tuition rate:
    • A minimum 26 ACT composite (1760 new SAT combined score)
    • A 3.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale
    First-time transfer students meeting these academic requirements can also pay the current in-state tuition rate:
    • A 3.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale.
    • Minimum of 15 college-level credits from an accredited college or university.

    Living costs for Charleston

    • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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