Patton College of Education
Department of Human and Consumer Sciences
Beth VanDerveer, Interim Chair
The mission of the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences is to prepare individuals within a community of students, faculty, and professionals to advocate for consumer well-being. This is accomplished through the development of a life-long learning perspective that values mentoring, ethical leadership, social responsibility, and the ability to adapt to an ever changing diverse global environment. The vision is to be an internationally recognized community of socially responsible interdisciplinary programs focused on positive, creative, and professional learning environments that prepare students to be ethical global leaders who are responsive to consumer needs in diverse communities.
Customer Service Major (B.A.H.C.S.) - BS6417
Family and Consumer Sciences Education - Community Leadership Major (B.S.H.C.S.) - BS6375
Family and Consumer Sciences Education-Teaching Major (B.S.H.C.S.) - BS6370
Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development Major (B.S.H.C.S.) - BS6380
Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism Major (B.S.H.C.S.) - BS6361
Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development Minor - OR6380
Customer Service Minor - OR8161
Department-Level Requirements for Human and Consumer Sciences
The Department of Human and Consumer Sciences has no particular entry or graduation requirements beyond those of the College and the University. However, requirements differ considerably from program to program. Consult with your adviser to ensure proper fulfillment of those requirements.
- Community: Students will consider perspectives outside their own experiences to value their community and better understand society and culture promoting public good.
- Problem Solving: Students will be able to synthesize historic and current events to creatively and critically analyze and solve contemporary problems to enhance consumer well-being in local, national, and global environments.
- Advocacy: Students will be able to appreciate, interpret and translate diverse perspectives to effectively communicate with and advocate for a variety of audiences.
- Diversity: Students will learn how to identify individual strengths within diverse backgrounds and leverage them to enhance communities.
- Social Responsibility: Students will develop a sense of personal and social responsibility in their roles as life-long learners within their communities and professions.
- Life-Long Learning: Students will be able to evaluate, adapt and respond to evolving industry and learning environments in a productive and professional manner.
- Reflection: Students will respond, provide and reflect upon constructive feedback to achieve continuous improvement in personal and professional endeavors.
- Communication: Students will be able to effectively listen, speak, write, and create visual communication.
- Hands-On Experience: Students will participate in experiential learning opportunities in- and outside the classroom.
- Professionalism: Students will establish and maintain professional relationships with faculty, peers, alumni, and industry leaders.