What is FACS?

The UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Programs in FACS prepare students for careers spanning business, fashion, healthcare, policy, community development, and more. FACS is eager to share the many opportunities we offer such as Study Away, Legislative Aide Internship, Student Organizations, Scholarships, and more.

What can students expect in FACS

  • Unique opportunities and experiences that will broaden academic and professional horizons
  • Prepare to have a competitive edge among peers in various industries
  • To feel supported and build community

"With FACS being such a tight-knit community, it has been easy to form connections with professors as well as alumni. This combined with opportunities to get involved through the college has allowed me to develop as a leader and feel confident in using my degree in the real world." - Nadia Gaines, Consumer Economics

Why you should visit FACS

  • Learn more about the degree programs in FACS
  • Explore opportunities for experiential learning and student involvement in the College
  • Talk with our faculty and meet current students
  • Envision your student(s) here at UGA FACS

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FACS FAQ

A FACS degree provides comprehensive skills, research, and knowledge that help people make informed decisions about their wellbeing, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing, and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues.

 

"FACS offers a culture of career-mindedness and a supportive environment of enthusiastic and dedicated faculty, staff, and alumni. Additionally, the unique combination of programs of study within the college affords students and graduates a holistic and multidisciplinary perspective." - Brittany Smith, UGA Career Consultant

Today’s FACS professionals practice in multiple settings. They are early childhood, elementary, secondary, university/college, and Extension educators, administrators and managers, human service professionals, researchers, community volunteers, business people, dietitians, nutritionists, medical practitioners, and consultants who address the issues most important to our quality of life.

 

FACS Career Outcomes Rate of 98% is 13% higher than the national average. Career Outcomes Breakdown: 58% Employed Full-Time, 23% Attending Graduate School, 9% Post-Grad Internships, 4% Employed Part-Time, 3% Self-Employed, 2% Still Seeking, 1% Not Seeking. Comparison based on National Association of Colleges & Employers First-Destination Survey: Class of 2016

Experiential learning is the development of knowledge, skills, abilities, values, behaviors and attitudes through first-hand experiences outside the traditional classroom. All UGA students are required to complete at least one experiential learning activity before graduation.

Experiential learning can take many forms, including creative production, study abroad trips, internships, leadership opportunities, faculty-mentored research, and service-learning. Click here to learn more about experiential learning opportunities offered through FACS.

 

"I am currently in HDFS 5150S, or Families, Schools, and Communities...We have two major service-learning projects that involve creating standards for a school lunch program and talking to high school students about college preparedness. This class is beneficial because it directly relates to what I want to do professionally, being that I'm interested in combating educational inequalities...but it also gives me hands-on experience with program planning and community involvement." - Nia Freeman, Human Development and Family Science

Yes, FACS has its own pool of scholarships exclusively for students in FACS degree programs. These scholarships can be used for undergraduate, graduate studies, and study abroad programs. To learn how to apply, click here.

 

"I earned a scholarship to aid in my study away program through FACS. I participated in a four-week Service-Learning Program in Ghana that allowed me to examine nutrition and public health in a developing country. This scholarship helped to alleviate the financial burden of studying away, which could have denied me the opportunity to study abroad if I didn't receive it." - Natalie Morean, Human Development and Family Science

Yes, many of our students go on to pursue professional degrees in a variety of areas: medicine, nursing, law, speech language pathology, physical and occupational therapy, counseling, marriage and family therapy, and more.

 

"The Nutritional Sciences major is beneficial to pre-health students because it provides a good backbone for many post-grad opportunities. For pre-med students, the major is great because many of the classes required or suggested before applying to med school are in the major and so count towards their degree. Nutrition education in medical school is not as comprehensive as it could be, and having this background can help enhance patient care in the future." - Aashka Sheth, Nutritional Sciences

 

To learn more about how FACS can prepare you for health-related careers, please look into our Human Development & Family Science and Foods & Nutrition departments.