Department of Human Sciences

Improving Quality of Life
Via Education, Outreach, and Discovery

About Our Programs


The mission of the Department of Human Sciences at Tennessee State University is to prepare students for leadership roles in the field of Family and ConsumerSciences that empower individuals, strengthen families, and enable communities through education, outreach (extension), and discovery (research). 

Human Sciences is a people-centered field of study that focuses on the science and art of living and working well in a complex world. Through research, experiential education, and technology, Human Sciences professionals help people to develop the essential knowledge and skills to: 

  • Lead better lives
  • Be work and career ready
  • Build strong families
  • Make meaningful contributions to our communities

Primary Areas of Study

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The concentrations of study within the Human Sciences Department at Tennessee State University include: 

  • Child Development and Family Studies
  • Fashion Merchandising and Product Development
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • Food Service Management
  • Consumer Sciences Education, Leadership, and Communication

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Career Paths Fashion Merchandising student

Students completing degrees in Human Sciences work in a variety of settings including: 

  • Child care and academic education
  • Community education for adults and youth, including Cooperative Extension programs
  • Business and industry
  • Government
  • Health and human services


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