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Department of Human Sciences

The Department of Human Sciences is a vibrant, interdisciplinary department where socially competent and bright students focus on today’s most critical issues facing human well-being and society-at-large. Our two degree programs, Child Development and Nutrition and Dietetics, prepare students for careers in education, social services, business, industry, law, health, and human services.

The Mission of the Department of Human Sciences is to provide an educational foundation in child development, food, nutrition and community health sciences that prepare students to be career and graduate school ready, socially responsible practitioners and professionals trained to address 21st Century concerns of individuals, families and communities, pertaining to well-being, relationships and resources.

The Mission of the Child Development Program is to prepare students to work with young children and their families in child development and early childhood settings and to equip them to become practitioners with public and private child and family related agencies. The curriculum is designed to furnish students with scholarly knowledge to enter graduate school and/or professional employment.

The Mission of the Child Development Learning Center is twofold: 1) to provide university students with observational, participatory and educational experiences through a high-quality exemplary child development center; (2) to foster continued growth and development of young children by providing a safe, developmentally appropriate and responsive center-based learning environment.

The Mission of the Food, Nutrition, and Community Health Sciences Program is to equip students with a comprehensive, evidence-based, set of competencies in food science, food service, nutritional science, and community health sciences that prepares them to work in a variety of career settings, such as food-related industries, cooperative extension, State and National School Nutrition programs, community based health agencies and also prepares them for certification exams or to enter graduate school.

Departmental Handout