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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Human Ecology

Associate Professor Anderson, Director; Professor Plant, Swafford; Associate Professors Mullens (Dean), Shipley; Instructor Sisk

The discipline of Human Ecology, also known as Family and Consumer Sciences, exists to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The body of knowledge incorporates the integrative elements of human ecosystems and life course development. Inclusion of core concepts such as basic human needs, individual well being, family strengths and community vitality prepare graduates to work with individuals and families using a holistic perspective. Understanding the influences both external and internal environments have on quality of life is the foundation of the discipline. Graduates find employment in a variety of settings including: health care, education, management, design, marketing/retailing, and human service professions.

Programs within the School are Accedited by:

  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Programs within the School are Approved by:

  • Child Life Council
  • National Council on Family Relations

The School of Human Ecology, Child Development and Family Relations (CDFR) concentration has met the standards and criteria required for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

Beginning in Fall 2016, students who graduate from the School of Human Ecology CDFR curriculum (and have met all CFLE course requirements) now qualify to complete an abbreviated CFLE application process.

This program approval does not imply accreditation, but recognizes the inclusion of relevant course work for each of the ten family life content areas needed for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator designation.

The School of Human Ecology offers the following curricula and undergraduate degree:


Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology