Fast Facts

  • Established in 1905 as part of the Florida State College for Women
  • The flagship program in Human Sciences in Florida
  • Accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Has award winning faculty who are leaders in their respective disciplines and are recognized for their teaching and research
  • Has endowment of over $10.4M
  • Over $1.49M in current contracts and grants

Department of Family and Child Sciences

  • Programs emphasize the health and development of children and families through education, research and service to the community.
  • Professional opportunities in this field have increased due to new opportunities that have arisen as a result of the national focus on the welfare of families and children.
  • The doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.
  • Students may complete requirements to become a certified Family Life Educator, sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations (NFCR).

Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences

  • Programs contribute to the prevention of chronic disease through the conduct of applied and basic research and through strong teaching programs.
  • Professional opportunities in nutrition, food and exercise sciences have increased due to the national interest in healthy living.
  • The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and the Dietetic Internship are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE).
  • The Athletic Training Education Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development

  • Programs address physical, behavioral and economic factors influencing apparel/textile product development and retail merchandising.
  • The FSU Center for Retail, Merchandising and Product Development provides communication and exchange with industry partners.

Information & Statistics

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Master’s of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Enrollment (as of Fall 2014)

  • Undergraduate: 2,811
  • Graduate: 159
  • Faculty: 46

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • 2nd year retention: 94.3%
  • 4th year graduation: 70.5% 
  • 5th year graduation: 83.4%
  • 6th year graduation: 84.3%

Licensure Pass Rates (1 year)
These are to be reported annually and updated by June 1 of each year

  • Athletic Training
    • 2013-2014: 93.75%
  • Dietetics
    • 2013-2014: 88.88% 

Primary Occupations of Graduates

Family & Child Sciences: child care specialist, child life specialist, county extension agent, agency administrator, political activist, family life educator, middle & high school educator, adult educator, professor

Nutrition, Food, & Exercise Sciences: dietitian, sports nutritionist, athletic trainer, physical therapist, physician’s assistant, professor, medical doctor, chiropractor, industry research and development specialist, professor

Retail, Merchandising, & Product Development: store manager, buyer, planner, merchandiser, marketing director, sales director, apparel designer, product developer, vendor representative, teacher, researcher, professor

The college addresses global challenges and opportunities related to the physical, behavioral, and economic factors influencing the health and development of individuals, families and communities.

To lead the Human Sciences nationally through innovative academic and research programs that prepare 21st century professionals.