Student Organizations

Student Dietetic Association (SDA)

The Student Dietetic Association (SDA) is a student-run organization for nutrition and food science majors. The SDA works to promote student visibility, support networking engagements, and provide professional opportunities to up-and-coming nutrition professionals. Getting involved with the SDA is an excellent way to build your volunteer and leadership experiences for internship applications and for your future career. Members will have the opportunity to interact with peers, faculty members, and other dietetic professionals outside the classroom, which offers networking possibilities. Some of the volunteer activities that the SDA has participated in or conducted are canned food drives for Second Harvest Food Back and local shelters, bake sales to raise money for scholarships, vegetarian cook-offs, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fund raisers and events, local school and community educational sessions, Sole for Soles shoe drive, nursing home bingo, See Spot Run 5K, and Operation Christmas Child. The SDA also holds movie screenings and discussions for food documentaries such as King Corn and Food Inc. At least once a year, a panel of registered dietitians from the area comes to an SDA meeting to share their advice and information about career paths.

The SDA has a bulletin board in the EHS building. The bulletin board has information about meeting times and membership applications, a calendar with upcoming volunteer activities, and other information related to the SDA. Students should check the board frequently for new information


. Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society (KONu)

The mission of Kappa Omicron Nu is empowered leaders in Family and Consumer Sciences. This mission will enable the organization and chapters to prepare scholars and researchers as leaders for the 21st century.

Membership is available to professionals and majors in any of the following or related specialty areas: business, consumer resource management, family and consumer sciences education, food science and human nutrition, human environment and housing. Individual and family development, institution / hotel / restaurant management, merchandising management, textiles / apparel and clothing.

MTSU - Kappa Alpha Pi Chapter initiates approximately 50 new members per academic year and participates in scholarly activities, leadership activities and community service activities.

Collegiate Membership Policies

1. The Collegiate category of membership includes undergraduate and graduate students duly enrolled in the institution represented by the chapter.

2. Undergraduate students shall:

  • Have declared a major in family and consumer sciences or one of the specializations,
  • Have completed 45 semester hours or equivalent,
  • Have a minimum GPA or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and rank in the top 25% of their class in the unit.

3. Graduate students shall:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate program in family and consumer sciences or one of the specializations,
  • Have completed 12 semester hours of graduate work or equivalent,
  • Have a minimum GPA or 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

ASID is comprised of professional interior designers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Practicing interior designers usually join ASID under one of two membership categories, Professional Member or Allied Member. You are not required by law to be a member of ASID in order to practice interior design.

Members are comprised of both residential and commercial designers. To qualify for Allied Membership, the designer must have graduated with a degree in interior design from an accredited university. Accreditation does not necessarily mean FIDER accreditation (see FIDER below). These members either have not passed the NCIDQ exam (see NCIDQ below) or are designers who do not practice interior design on a full time basis (such as interior design educators).

Among qualification requirements for Professional Membership, the designer must pass the NCIDQ exam. Professional Members are required to take continuing education courses to maintain their memberships.

ASID also has Student Members who join the society through their university ASID Student Chapters. Not all schools are allowed by ASID to have a chapter. MTSU does have a student chapter.

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Pre-Professional Graduate Student Section of the Tennessee Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

The object of this section shall be to create a greater understanding of the significant place of the family and consumer sciences professional in our society and to stimulate action which will lead toward the realization of an optimum environment which will provide for the total well being of the family and the individual. The Association encourages graduate study in family and consumer sciences and its subspecialties, such as textiles and clothing, nutrition, institutional management / food service systems administration, consumer studies, cooperative extension, and family and consumer sciences communication, education, and administration. For more information check out the TAFCS website.

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NCFR - Certified Family Life Educators

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) sponsors the only national program to certify family life educators. The Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) program encourages applications from all professionals with course work and experience in family life education including formal teaching, community education, curriculum and resource development, health care, military family support, counseling, and ministry.

Check out the NCFR-CFLE website for more information.

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Fashion and Design Students at MTSU is a student run organization committed to Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design students. The purpose of the organization is for the students to get involved in interests related to their careers, current affairs, and social interactions. This is accomplished through fashion field trips, guest speakers, social events, community action, and other events initiated by the student members. Membership is open to any interested MTSU students.

  • FADS Chicago Field Trip - October 17-19, 2010.
    This trip included a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago, Nay Pier, the magnificent mile, and a private tour of Saks Fifth Avenue and Chanel boutique. Click to see pictures.
  • FADS Chicago Field Trip - November 10-13, 2011.
    Participation in the Fashion Group International Chicago 2011. Click to see pictures

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Degree Programs
Nutrition and Food Science
Interior Design
Textiles, Merchandising & Design
    Apparel Design
    Fashion Merchandising
Family & Consumer Studies
    Child Development & Family Studies
    Family & Consumer Sciences Ed.

Human Sciences
Nutrition & Food Science
Textiles, Merchandising & Design

Interior Design Application Packet

Interior Design Entrance Packet
IDES Application Packet
IDES Application - DUE March 15th

Textiles, Merchandising, & Design Application Packet
TXMD Entrance Application Packet
TXMD Application - DUE March 1st & October 1st

Human Sciences Study Tours Credit Card Payments