Family and Consumer Sciences

At Olivet, students can pursue their interests in families, food, fashion, commercial design, children, teaching 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. 

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, practice and skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers. Along the way, they develop lasting bonds with other students and with faculty that lead to lifelong relationships, both personal and professional.

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. Field trips. Service projects. Team activities. Students have participated in a community recycling project, Ronald McDonald Family Fall Fest, Half Pint Health Fair, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Kankakee Empowerment for a Brighter Future, child care for adult education students, researched-based missions trips within the U.S. and abroad, and the redecoration of a local Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Interior design students, working with real clients from the local community, compete for awards in the Ugly Kitchen Contest. Those entering the competition receive valuable experience, and winners receive cash prizes.

Areas of Study

Starting freshman year, students receive instruction directly from their professors, instead of just meeting a list of assignments and deadlines on their own. Olivet professors have a long track record of research, practical experience and mentoring students. They are ready to teach students what will help them succeed. And they’re equally eager to pray with students!

Internship Opportunities

During senior year, interior design students complete an internship. Olivet students have worked for a variety of local and national companies, including: Ethan Allen, Disney World, Pottery Barn, Old Navy, Dillard’s, Holly Hunt, Kitchen Gallery, Head Start, March of Dimes and Nordstrom. Internships are introductory-level positions, often paid and have resulted in full-time jobs.

Center for Student Success

Preparing for the Career of Your Dreams

Dietetics majors are preparing to enter a competitive professional environment. In addition to their rigorous academic studies, they also complete research projects. Students often have the opportunity to present their work at the annual Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE).

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Meet the Faculty

Diane Richardson

When discussing her students, Diane Richardson has no trouble bragging about their accomplishments and how Olivet has contributed to their success. She teaches courses in interior design, fashion merchandising and education. Olivet honored her in 2003 with the Faculty Member of the Year Award.

Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty

Alumni Careers in Family and Consumer Sciences:

Allocation analyst
Dietitian
Interior designer
Merchandiser
Project coordinator
Retail buyer
Sales coordinator
Sales support representative

By the Numbers:
60
miles from Chicago’s world-famous Merchandise Mart
90
hours of field experience within two medical nutrition therapy courses for dietetics majors
40K+
network of Olivet alumni
4900
students enrolled at Olivet
Family and Consumer Sciences with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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