Family and Consumer Science

At Olivet, students can pursue their interests in hospitality, nutrition, fashion, interior design and so much more. As they prepare for Christ-centered service to individuals, families and communities, they enjoy the integrative study offered in the area of family and consumer sciences.


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About the Degree

Olivet offers a diverse set of specialty programs with the central mission of enhancing human health and well-being. With the emphasis on Christ-like professionalism, students receive the content and practice the skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers.

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Areas of Study Within the Department

Family and Consumer Sciences majors can complete field experiences and practicums in area hospitals and businesses; interact with industry leaders at conferences; or join Kappa Omicron Nu or the Student Unit of Family and Consumer Sciences associations.

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Accreditations and Affiliations

Family and Consumer Sciences students are preparing to enter a competitive professional environment. Olivet Nazarene University’s Dietetic program is reviewed and monitored by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), for assurance of quality dietetics education; the Interior Design program is affiliated with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA); and students studying Fashion Merchandising have the chance to participate in Career Day at Chicago’s Fashion Group International.

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Internship Opportunities

During their senior year, FACS students are required to complete an internship. Olivet students have worked for a variety of local and national companies, including: Disney World, Hilton Garden Inn, Spot Light Meeting, Holly Hunt, Ethan Allen, Pottery Barn, Riverside Medical Center, Silver Cross Hospital, Heartland Cabinetry and More, Casa Bella Design Group, Devon Grace Interiors, Philbin Construction, Nordstrom, Sodexo Food Service, and many more. Internships are introductory-level positions, often paid, and have resulted in full-time job offers.

By the Numbers


of field experience within two medical nutrition therapy courses for dietetics majors


miles from Chicago’s world-famous Merchandise Mart


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Chair, Department of FaCS

Dr. Anne Figus

When discussing her students, Dr. Anne Figus has no trouble bragging about their accomplishments and how Olivet has contributed to their success. In addition to being Department Chair, Dr. Figus is a Professor of Interior and Architectural Design and teaches courses related to residential and commercial design, architectural drafting, and design visualization.

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Life Outside the Classroom

A lot happens outside the classroom for all students who choose a major in the area of family and consumer sciences. Experiential learning, service projects and team activities, as well as the opportunities to participate in numerous community projects, such as a service project at the Ronald McDonald House, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Kankakee Empowerment for a Brighter Future, researched-based missions trips within the U.S. and abroad and the remodeling of a local Salvation Army thrift store.