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Overview

The College of Human Sciences has a rich tradition of applying scientific principles and creative advancements to enhance human well-being and improve the quality of life. We live in a time where educated, innovative individuals will be called upon to solve serious issues that impact the human condition. This tradition and focus remain at the heart of our teaching, research and discovery, and outreach today.

The intricacies of the human condition require multiple disciplines and approaches working together to discover knowledge to improve health and well-being. The College of Human Sciences brings four seemingly-unconnected disciplines together to impact the human condition by addressing the challenges we face as individuals, families and communities. The three departments – Design, Housing and Merchandising; Human Development and Family Science; Nutritional Sciences – and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration provide solutions to everyday concerns and complex challenges.

Our efforts in human sciences reflect Oklahoma State University’s land-grant mission to extend our educational resources to the state, the nation and beyond. The College of Human Sciences intends to promote and fully support this mission as faculty, students and staff work together to fulfill the college motto to solve human problems and enhance human lives.

Accreditation

Many of our College’s academic program are accredited through discipline-specific associations. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has accredited the undergraduate interior design program. The preproduction and the production management apparel curricula is endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) Education Foundation, making it one of only 13 approved programs in North America. The Child Development Laboratory-RISE is licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) and has received a Three Star Differential Quality Certification. The Child Development Laboratory-RISE is also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Program approval has been granted to the Early Childhood Education Teacher Preparation program by the Oklahoma State Board of Education. In addition, the Early Childhood Education program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Family and Consumer Sciences Education program has been accredited by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation in cooperation with the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). The Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship at OSU are both currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs. The Bachelor of Science in Human Sciences degree is offered in the following major fields of study: design, housing and merchandising; hotel and restaurant administration; human development and family science; and nutritional sciences. Most departments offer one or more minors. The requirements for the minors are available from the department offering the specified minor.

Graduate Programs. Graduate study is available in all CoHS academic departments and in the multidisciplinary public health program. The Master of Science (MS) degree as well as the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) that may be obtained through all departments. In addition, faculty members advise students and teach courses in the Master of Public Health (MPH) multidisciplinary degree program.