5300 N. Campus Dr., FF 114
CSU, Fresno, CA 93740-8019

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Consumer and Family Studies (CFS)

Consumer and Family Studies equips students with essential skills for living through instruction in eight content areas:

  • Child Development and Guidance
  • Consumer Education
  • Family and Human Development
  • Fashion, Textiles and Apparel
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Housing and Furnishings
  • Individual and Family Health
  • Leadership Development.

The attitudes, skills, and knowledge learned in the CFS content areas provide a basis for success in balancing home and work responsibilities as well as for transitioning to career pathways in home economics related occupations.

Home Economics Related Occupations (HERO)

Home Economics Related Occupations focuses on preparing students with skills for earning a living and careers in nine pathways:

  • Child Development
  • Consumer Services
  • Education
  • Family and Human Services
  • Fashion Design and Merchandising
  • Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition
  • Food Service and Hospitality
  • Hospitality, Tourism, Recreation
  • Interior Design.

Students develop an awareness of Home Economics Careers and Technology in the elementary grades and through exploratory courses at the middle level providing a foundation for selecting a career pathway. CFS core instruction, at the high school level, provides a basis for students to select courses that further develop their life management skills and/or pursue a HERO careerpath option. Both CFS and HERO programs prepare students for transitioning to post-secondary education and training, including baccalaureate degree programs.


The career technical student organization for students in Home Economics Careers and Technology, provides leadership and career development opportunities that are integral to both CFS and HERO programs. Through FCCLA, students learn interpersonal, leadership, citizenship and career skills for a successful future.

No person shall, on the grounds of sex, race, color, national origin, or handicap,
be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subject to discrimination under this program.