Department of Family & Consumer Sciences

Family is the fundamental unit of society. As the foundational place where skills, morals, values, and passions are first crafted and developed, a better understanding of the dynamic role families and households play leads to a deeper knowledge of ourselves and the world around us.

PLNU's Department of Family and Consumer Sciences emphasizes the importance of studying the many dimensions of human functioning. We seek to equip you with strong service and leadership skills that will help you optimize the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. PLNU is also the only private Christian university in California to offer an accredited dietetics program along with majors in child and adolescent development, and nutrition and food. Our dedicated faculty- and application-based curriculum will provide you with excellent preparation to live out your calling and move forward into graduate programs or career opportunities.

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Top 25 nutrition program in the U.S. according to Public Health Online.
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Our faculty serve as both teachers and mentors, committed to guiding you toward a full and purposeful education. By helping you explore thought-provoking and influential ideas and engage complex and difficult questions, you'll have access to an environment devoted to the pursuit of truth. An education at PLNU is both transformative and meaningful.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences or any of our majors and minors, please reach out to us!

Elizabeth Schmelzenbach
Department Assistant
(619) 849-2390

Susan DeCristofaro Rogers, M.A.
Chair, Family and Consumer Sciences
Academic Director, PLNU Early Childhood Learning Center
(619) 849-2245

Cindy Swann, M.S., R.D.
Director of Dietetics
(619) 849-2351

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