Jul 15, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 [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


Department of Human and Consumer Sciences

The Department of Human and Consumer Sciences (HCS) offers degree programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences. The following programs are offered at the bachelor’s level: Family and Consumer Science Education; Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism; and Retail and Fashion Merchandising.  The Family and Consumer Sciences Education program provides students with the opportunity to select from two different majors: Family and Consumer Sciences-Teacher Education and Family and Consumer Sciences-Community Leadership. The Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism program offers undergraduate majors in Hospitality Management (online) or Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism  (campus-based).  The Retail and Fashion Merchandising program utilizes diverse instructional formats such as online courses, a study tour to New York Fashion Week and Paris, France, and a summer study abroad program to Milan and Florence, Italy.

The Department of Human and Consumer Sciences provides an on-line bachelor completion program in Customer Service Leadership. The online major leads to a Bachelor of Applied Human and Consumer Sciences. It is a bachelor completion program designed for students who have completed an associate’s degree.



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
Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism Major (B.S.H.C.S.)  - BS6361
Retail and Fashion Merchandising Major (B.S.H.C.S.)   - BS6384
Hospitality Management (B.S.H.C.S)  - BS6184


Retail and Fashion Merchandising Minor  - OR6380
Customer Service Leadership Minor  - OR8161


Festivals, Events, and Entertainment Management Certificate  


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


***Pending Board of Trustee approval, the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy will merge on July 1st, 2021. The newly formed Department of Recreation, Sport Pedagogy, and Consumer Sciences will challenge students through quality academic coursework, experiential learning, scholarship and service to the university, community and related professions.