About Us

The mission of the Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel (FINA) Department is to provide a transformative student experience which advances understanding of contemporary issues that impact the food, shelter, clothing, and relationship needs of individuals, families, and communities and which leads to career pathways.

The core of each FINA program is to encourage critical thought, diverse ways of understanding, inclusive and equitable pedagogy, and the development of professional practices which will enhance the quality of life for those whom our students will serve.


The FINA Department is one of the oldest departments on campus as noted in this excerpt from the CHSS website: “Many departments that are now part of the College of Health & Social Sciences have a long history at SF State. For example, Household Arts (now Family Interiors Nutrition & Dietetics) was first offered in 1901, Nursing in 1953, Social Welfare (now Social Work) in 1958, Urban Studies in 1967, and both Criminal Justice and Gerontology in 1978. Physical Education (now Kinesiology) courses were first offered in 1917, and the Health and Physical Education Department was established in 1932."

The Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel undergraduate programs are all accredited by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. The Apparel Design & Merchandising and Interior Design programs are also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design. The Didactic Program in Dietetics is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

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