Human Sciences

Improving the Quality of Life for Families through Education, Prevention, and Development

Interim Department Chair: Dr. Veronica Oates, (615) 963-5625

The purpose of the undergraduate program in the Department of Human Sciences is prepare students to help people make informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, resources, and quality of life. The program in Human Sciences recognizes the significance of the interests and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The program includes the study of food and nutrition, health, clothing and textiles, management of resources, care and guidance of children, human growth and development throughout the life span, interpersonal relationships, and family relationships.

The underlying focus is on an integrative approach to relationships among individuals, families, and communities and the environments in which they function. This program seeks to:

  • Empower individuals
  • Strengthen families
  • Enable communities.

The Department of Human Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in:

Mission of the Department of Human Sciences

The mission of the Department of Human Sciences is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in professional family and consumer sciences careers where they can use an integrated approach to relationships to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. The program seeks to do this through education, prevention, and development of new knowledge in order to extend this knowledge to an increasingly global community, and provide service to the community.

Student Learning Outcomes: Our graduates will:

  • Effectively apply communication skills, both written and oral, in school, community and workplace settings and with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technology appropriate for a career in their Human Sciences concentration.
  • Demonstrate critical analysis skills through problem-solving activities related to Human Sciences.
  • Evaluate diverse cultural perspectives and practice cultural humility.
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills, and ethical foundation needed to pursue career options within their area of study.

The Department of Human Sciences is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-4876,  



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