Jul 13, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 [Archived Catalog]

Human and Consumer Sciences

Patton College of Education 
Department of Human and Consumer Sciences 
McCracken Hall 121D
Phone: 740.593.2880
Fax: 740.593.0984

Beth VanDerveer, Interim Chairperson


The Department of Human and Consumer Sciences (HCS) offers undergraduate programs in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Customer Service Leadership, Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development, and Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism.  Minors in Customer Service Leadership and Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development are also available.  The degree completion program, Customer Service Leadership is fully online. The undergraduate programs are accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Careers in the Family and Consumer Sciences program include working as a teacher, advocate, or a policy maker. In Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development, career opportunities include retail management, buying, product development, merchandising, visual presentation, quality control and wholesale sale, and entrepreneurship.  In the Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism program, graduates emerge with a broad skill set to successfully manage events, secure managerial positions in hotels, clubs, restaurants, and resorts, work in marketing firms, and lead and direct staff and customers in a variety of hospitality and tourism settings.

The fully on-line Customer Service Leadership bachelor completion program builds upon a student’s conferred associate degree (AA, AS or AAS) or 60 semesters (90 quarter) credit hours from a regionally accredited institution.  Career opportunities include:  billing services, office management, hospitality, retail, health care administration, and online customer service support.



Customer Service Leadership Major (B.A.H.C.S.)  - BS6418
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.

Points of Pride

Small student to faculty ratio

Faculty with extensive global industry experiences and passion to guide student learning

Student “hands-on” learning in contemporary facilities and off-site classroom study trips

Student, faculty and industry partnerships

Global and domestic study tours, internships and work experiences

Student support for participating in professional conferences, expos and workshops

Student organizations and networking opportunities