Feb 07, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Human Ecology

Professor Anderson, Director; Professor Shipley; Assistant Professors Chitiyo, Hutson, Ramsey, Upole, Sisk; Lecturers Barlow, Paradis

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 Accredited 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:

  • The National Council on Family Relations has APPROVED the Child Development and Family Relations Concentration

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.

Programs within the School are Endorsed by: 

The Child Life Concentration has ENDORSEMENT Status from the Association of Child Life Professionals. 

The Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) defines endorsement of academic programs in child life as an assurance that a program meets the standards and requirements set forth in the Standards for Academic and Clinical Preparation Programs found in the most current Official Documents of the ACLP.  Endorsement is a voluntary process of self-study and external review intended to evaluate, enhance, and publicly recognize academic programs which meet the standards prescribed by ACLP. The purpose of this process is to promote the interests of students through improving the quality of teaching, learning, and professional practice.

Students graduating from an endorsed program during the period of endorsement will still need to complete an eligibility assessment with ACLP, but will not need to have each course reviewed as endorsement signifies inclusion of all areas of the coursework requirements. This means students graduating from an endorsed program during the period of endorsement have the assurance that their coursework satisfies the current coursework requirements for exam eligibility. Students who have graduated from or are enrolled in an ACLP-endorsed academic program during the period of endorsement must contact the ACLP office in order to start their Eligibility Assessment.



Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology


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