Family and Consumer Sciences
Degrees Offered: BS in family resources, BS in fashion design and merchandising (textiles and clothing)
Proposed Degrees: BS in family resources, BS in apparel product design and merchandising (textiles and clothing). Currently enrolled students may continue in their existing degree program or they may switch to a new degree program once the program has been approved.
The Academic Program
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has been an integral part of the land-grant system and of the University of Hawai'i since 1907. The department offers two bachelor of science degree programs: family resources (FAMR) and fashion design and merchandising (TXCL).
The FAMR program focuses on child and family studies. The FAMR curriculum emphasizes the study of child-, adolescent-, and adult-development; family development (such as marriage and parenting); family resource management (such as consumer and family economics and management); community needs; and leadership in human services occupations. The program requires an internship providing important supervised work experience. Students are prepared for bachelor-level careers in human and family services and for graduate training in child and family studies, early childhood education, human development, family-life education, family and consumer sciences, and marriage and family therapy. With supplemental course work, students are prepared for graduate training in other social science disciplines (social work, educational counseling, public health, psychology, etc.). FAMR courses are also functional in that they relate to students' personal development and family lives.
The TXCL program integrates theoretical and applied knowledge regarding apparel design, consumer textiles, historic costume, and apparel production with fashion marketing and merchandising theory and practice, both domestic and international. The program fosters the development of professionals prepared for management-level positions in business and industry. Positions include apparel designer, buyer, merchandise manager, sales representative, costume designer, manufacturer, and store owner. Majors specialize in apparel design, apparel merchandising, and fashion promotion, or they develop individualized programs in consultation with an adviser.
Textiles and Clothing
Students are encouraged to come for initial advising before registering for the first year at the University or prior to their application for admission as a transfer.
Family Resources Program
The family resources program provides students with a comprehensive education in family development and resource management, including course work and study in the areas of family relations and marriage development, parenting, family economics and resource management, consumer economics, human development, and community leadership and resource development. The curriculum prepares students to work proactively in multicultural settings to enhance the quality of family life. It fosters an understanding of the social systems perspective as it relates to the study of how families operate.
Students study the theoretical and applied literature that addresses the biological, social, cultural, psychological, and economic well-being of individuals and families and the environments in which they live. Students also study the changing functions of the family, the roles of its members, and the community programs and policies that affect the decisions and well-being of families and consumers. An internship in the student's area of focus is an integral part of the curriculum.
Textiles and Clothing Program
The textiles and clothing program prepares students for management-level positions in apparel or related industries. All students take a prescribed set of courses in clothing aesthetics, fashion theory and marketing, textiles, and historic Western and Asian costumes. Apparel and its related industries are examined nationally and internationally from the perspective of business, industry, education, government, family, and the consumer. Classroom work is enhanced by major Pacific, Asian, Hawaiian, and Western clothing and decorative arts study collections. Internships in the students' areas of focus are an integral part of the curriculum. The program also provides opportunities for exchange programs with other universities and study tours to fashion centers of the world. A strong foundation for graduate study in clothing and related areas is provided.
Career Focus Areas
Apparel Design. The apparel design focus prepares students for careers in the apparel industry as designers, assistant designers, fashion stylists, and manufacturers. Students have a unique opportunity to study the theoretical and applied aspects of apparel design and costume history in a multicultural environment enhanced by major costume collections; a computerized creative design system; and access to computerized grading, marker-making, and pattern-making systems.
Fashion Merchandising. The fashion merchandising focus offers a unique combination of fashion theory, marketing, and product information relative to retail and wholesale operations. Graduates are prepared for fashion industry management careers as buyers, merchandise managers, sales representatives, and fashion coordinators for the local, national, and international markets.
Fashion Promotion. In the fashion promotion focus, students take courses in communication, writing and reporting, video production, and advertising to supplement the required textiles and clothing courses. The curriculum is designed to equip students with an understanding of the use of communications media for promoting sales of apparel and fashion-related products and services. Graduates are working in mall management, advertising, and visual merchandising.
Individualized Programs. For an individualized program, students work with an adviser to develop a curriculum of their own choosing. Examples of individualized programs include historic costume, theater costume production, and fiber/apparel arts.
A summary of degree requirements is available in Miller 201 (808) 956-8133 or Miller 110 (808) 956-8105.