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Family and Consumer Sciences

FACS Three Students Tour

Welcome to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)!  FACS  has a very long tradition at Shepherd University, more than a hundred years, and in that time it has undergone numerous title changes and program revisions.  You can review our history by clicking on the timeline below.  For the 21st century we offer a rich variety of courses and areas of study ranging from nutrition to personal finance, child development, apparel construction, and food science and technology.  These are high demand areas for future careers.  In connection with our Minor in Child Development, we are also the administrative home to introductory courses in Sign Language, that is, Conversational Sign Language I and II.  (Photo: Early education in sign language, Shepherdstown Day Care)

Timeline for Family and Consumer Sciences

The FACS Mission at Shepherd University: 
To educate individuals to be global stewards when making decisions about consumers and families throughout the lifespan with special attention to Shepherd University’s core values of learning, engagement, integrity, accessibility, and community.

Our primary professional organization is the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences…”connecting professionals…touching lives.”  Their website provides a wealth of information on the profession, including careers and opportunities for your professional development:  Other professional resources include the National Council on Family Relations,, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,

Welcome to our program…connect with professionals and touch lives.

For those of you in a position to donate, we encourage you to support our students and programs by a monetary gift. You can also help by providing bridges to the workplace through internships and other forms of career preparation. Most of all, your advocacy for family and consumer sciences is greatly appreciated. Our programs prepare young people to make a difference in areas such as financial literacy, nutrition, life skills, and general well-being…all critical to a robust, healthy society.