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The Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) integrates quality teaching, research and Extension practices from various disciplines to educate the next generation of human sciences professionals.

In accordance with the FCS mission, our faculty and staff:

  • Integrate the best thinking from various disciplines of:
    • Apparel, textiles and design
    • Child development
    • Family relations
    • Family financial management
    • Nutrition, foods and dietetics
  • Enable and empower individuals, families and communities to make choices aimed at bettering their own lives and the lives of their family members 
  • Maximize the potential of all individuals
  • Enable our graduates to take action on behalf of individuals and families
  • Provide basic and applied research and instruction that ensures the security and safety of our citizens in their daily routines and lives

Welcome to the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). We have a long and rich history at the University of Idaho. The school was founded in 1902 as the Department of Domestic Sciences and later became known as the Department of Home Economics. The department officially changed to the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences in 1993.

Margaret Ritchie, a beloved professor and head of the former Department of Home Economics from 1938-1959, continued to teach until 1965.

Since 1952, the Niccolls Building on the Moscow campus has been home to our programs. We also offer programming at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene and Boise centers.

FCS faculty and staff are committed to the three-pronged mission of land-grant universities: teaching, research and Extension. We meet the educational needs of students, Idaho citizens and the region through our research and outreach programs.

Our holistic and interdisciplinary programs address issues facing individuals and families by seeking solutions to improve the quality of their lives in their near environment. Financial illiteracy, childhood obesity, issues of fast fashion and social responsibility, family violence, parent/child relationships and aging population are but a few of the issues addressed by FCS professionals.

We offer four undergraduate majors, each with its own areas of emphasis. Within our majors we have three accredited programs: Consumer counseling, dietetics and early childhood development education.

We also offer a master’s degree in family and consumer sciences, which provides students the opportunity to focus in one or more disciplines within FCS.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about our programs, faculty and staff. You will find exciting opportunities waiting for you in the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Sonya Meyer, Ph.D.

Director, Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences


Family & Consumer Sciences

Physical Address:
Mary Hall Niccolls Building, Rm 103
751 Campus Drive

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 3183
Moscow, ID 83844-3183

Phone: 208-885-6546

Fax: 208-885-5751




Mailing Address:
322 E. Front Street, Suite 180
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-334-2999

Fax: 208-364-4035




Mailing Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-2277

Phone: 208-667-2588

Fax: 208-664-1272