The Department


The Department of Human Environmental Studies offers programs in human development and family studies, design and merchandising, and foods and nutrition. The areas focus on the interaction between humans and their natural, constructed, and behavioral environments. The programs within environmental studies prepare students for a variety of careers in apparel, merchandising and design, nutrition, dietetics, commercial and residential interior design, early childhood education, and family services.

The Department of Human Envrionmental Studies is located in Wightman Hall and the Education and Human Services building. The department has 31 regular faculty, approximately 20 temporary faculty, 12 professional administrative staff, and 3 office professionals. Enrollment in departmental courses exceeds 10,000 students each year with approximately 850 majors and 500 minors.  Undergraduate and graduate programs are carefully monitored to reflect current knowledge and methods in the subject areas. Graduates of departmental programs enjoy excellent job placement rates in a wide variety of both private and public sector careers. Online presence for departmental courses is growing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Department Bylaws

Organizational Chart


The common mission of all programs in the Department of Human Environmental Studies is to improve the quality of life and well-being of individuals and families. Using an ecological perspective, emphasis is placed on the preparation of individuals with: a) the professional competencies necessary to enable clients (individuals and families) to initiate sustained action toward their envisioned quality of life goals; b) strong bases for success in advanced study or vocations needing multiple skills, and c) an enlightened foundation for making life choices.

The Department of Human Environmental Studies strives to:

1. Provide courses, programs and learning opportunities that meet the needs of a diverse group of students and reflect the changing nature of individuals, families, and the external systems with which they interact.

2. Assist students in developing competencies for success in professions that promote the quality of life.

3. Foster the development of creative and critical thinking.

4. Promote an understanding of individuals across the lifespan and their environments as interacting systems.

5. Promote and support excellence in teaching, research, scholarly and creative activities.

6. Provide opportunities for professional development, leadership and service to the community.

7. Establish a high level of awareness, respect and understanding for diverse people.

8. Provide students with the competencies to succeed in continued professional development or in advanced studies.

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