The General Family and Consumer Sciences Program (non-certification option) at SHSU has been in operation as Home Economics since its inception in 1909. This pathway is especially appealing to those participants whose career path aspirations include the opportunity to become event planners, or plan to work for AgriLife Extension Service or some type of social service agency. Due to the extremely flexible nature of the program, students are able to select upper-level electives in keeping with their career goals while also being able to pursue a minor to further complement those goals. During the program students must complete a 300-hour internship that will expose them to real-world situations within their chosen field. Many students opt for event-planning venues or homefurnishings retailing while others choose to volunteer for social service agencies as fulfillment of the internship requirement. As students follow this path, they will have the choice to pursue the Bachelor of Arts (with a foreign language component) or Bachelor of Science (with additional math and science requirements) degree.