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Brief History

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, formerly The Department of Home Science was established as an academic unit by the University of Ghana in 1965.  The BSc degree programme started in 1966 with eight female science students and three academic Senior Members.

From its small beginnings, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has revolutionized the concept of Home Economics Education in Ghana from the narrow perspective of cooking, sewing and general housecraft. It now has an enviable broader curriculum of teaching and research that embraces programmes in consumerism and livelihood issues, gender and environment as well as contemporary and emerging issues of the family and human development.

Students’ numbers as well as academic and support staff numbers have increased over the years. Currently, the curriculum allows for courses leading to the award of BSc, MPhil and PhD degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences.  There are different major areas of study with structured outreach programmes, run by the department. These areas include Foods and Nutrition, Textiles and Clothing, Family Resource Management, Human Development and Child Studies, Women and Development.

Employment opportunities exist in the following positions for graduates: Teachers/Lecturers, Researchers, and Consultants for private and public Institutions, Nutritionists, Dieticians, Fashion Designers, Extension Officers, Human Resource Managers, Early Childhood Education Specialists, and Consumer Education Specialists.