Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCSN) Vision and Mission

Vision - To be an innovative department renowned for rigorous, diverse programs of study steeped in the Catholic liberal arts tradition and distinguished by exemplary graduates responsibly engaged in the world.

Mission - Founded first on Catholic liberal arts tradition and offering rigorous programs of study, the Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCNS) department educates women to be professional, ethical leaders. Grounded in science, the students become content experts with an innovative mindset and professional voice. The curriculum empowers students to understand and reflect upon the multi-faceted issues facing individuals and families today, challenging graduates to advocate for the dear neighbor without distinction in a socially responsible manner. Strong inter-professional and community collaborations prepare women for transformational leadership, life-long learning and a commitment to sustainability in the global context.

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Internships and Research

Student discusses her research with professor at a poster session.

Dietetic Internship

After completing your undergraduate degree in dietetics, you need to successfully complete a supervised practice experience to be eligible for the examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). Dietetic internships vary in length from 6 to 12 months and are located throughout the United States. There are some combined internship/masters programs that may take two years to complete.

During your senior year, you will work closely with the director of the dietetic program at St. Kate’s to prepare your dietetic internship application. Dietetic internship appointments are highly competitive, but St. Kate's has an excellent placement rate — well above the national average.

St. Kate's has the only dietetics program in Minnesota that requires you to conduct original research and present at the Twin Cities District Dietetic Association.

Once you've completed your internship, the Registered Dietitian exam is next. An RD must complete continuing education requirements to maintain the RD credential.

Research opportunities

Our students regularly present their work at Science @ St. Kate's Day and regional and national conferences. They are co-authors with faculty on research papers and publications.

These professional experiences give you a competitive edge at job interviews or with career advancement opportunities. You also can enhance your analytical and leadership skills through:

  • Student-Faculty Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program, which provides funding for research during the academic year and in the summer at St. Kate's Summer Scholars' Institute.
  • 3M Large-and Small-Scale Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grants fund projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Past research addressed "The Addition of Ground Golden Flax to Wheat Bread on Consumer Liking, Nutritional Profile and Bread Height" and "Nutritional Factors Affecting Osteoporosis."
  • Assistantship Mentoring Program, an innovative, paid work-and-learning experience that pairs students in their junior or senior year with faculty or staff mentors on a specific project. Dietetic students have worked with professors on curriculum development and event planning.

Scholarships

Two $1,000 renewable scholarships (for a total of $4,000 each) are available to first-year students in the Department of Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences. Contact the admission office »

Extracurricular activities

The Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCNS) Club keeps you informed of professional opportunities at industry events and organizes networking events with potential employers.

High achieving students are eligible for membership in the St. Kate's chapter of Kappa Omicron Nu (KON), a national honor society in family and consumer sciences. KON provides opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through monthly activities, community service and fundraising to attend the national KON conference.