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

Internship opportunities

The vibrant Twin Cities fashion industry makes St. Paul and Minneapolis a great place to find an internship or shadow a designer. Professional experiences give you valuable contacts and a competitive edge at job interviews or with career advancement opportunities.

St. Kate's has an active career development office, a strong alumnae network and expert faculty to help you find internships.

Studio art courses are required for apparel design majors. You'll automatically earn a minor in studio art when you graduate.

  • June Yang-Gungsing is an assistant costume designer at the Minnesota Children's Museum.
  • Alumna Hitomi Wong, whose senior Katwalk collection was inspired by crows, worked as an intern with designer Samantha Rei at Blasphemina's Closet.

Our students have also landed internships in places such as:

  • BCBG
  • American Girl
  • Christopher and Banks
  • Kruger Farms (outdoor clothing company)
  • Flirt Boutique
  • Wedding Shoppe
  • New Look retailers in London

At St. Kate's, you can also enhance your professional and leadership skills through:

Annual runway shows

The Katwalk fashion show is a chance for apparel design seniors to present a fashion collection to the Twin Cities community and impress potential employers.

Second Runway is an eco-friendly fashion show sponsored by the Goodwill/Easter Seals Second Runway and featuring St. Kate's students and Twin Cities-area designers.

The Little Red Dress benefit fashion show, silent auction and concert on campus is an opportunity for you to make a glamorous or edgy red outfit. This fundraiser for the American Heart Association is sponsored by St. Kate's Medical Interest Group.

The Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP)

AMP is St. Kate's innovative, paid work-and-learning experience that pairs students in their junior or senior year with faculty or staff mentors on a specific project. AMP gave apparel design major Marie O'Neil the chance to conduct an in-depth textile study with Assistant Professor Trudy Landgren.

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.

St. Kate's Fiber Arts Club members (who knit, crochet or sew) share projects and tips related to fiber art creation.

The Katies Entrepreneur Organization helps you find leadership opportunities in business and build successful personal ventures.

Scholarship opportunities

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 »