Our programs provide a springboard for students who seek to gain deep understanding of how people live and learn, from the very young to the very old – to help them lead happy, healthy, productive, and meaningful lives.
Ours is the largest human sciences college in the United States, according to nationwide higher education data compiled by FAEIS. The college’s undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. programs are each by far the country’s largest.
Due to student’s heightened interest in the science and technology of living and learning – and the increasing relevancy of our programs in today’s ever-changing society, enrollment in the college’s programs since 2005 has grown by 46 percent to 4,887 students.
While facilitating crucial, cross-campus dialogues on issues of diversity and the social context of education, the College of Human Sciences is also growing in diversity. Minority student enrollment in the College of Human Sciences has doubled since 2005, to the current enrollment of 554 students. Among all U.S. minority graduate students at Iowa State, more than one in five (22 percent) is enrolled in a College of Human Sciences program.
International student enrollment has increased to 200 in the fall of 2013.
Iowa State’s Dietetics Internship program, already the largest in the country, is also the first such accredited program in the nation to offer a rotation in a developing nation; interns can improve nutrition by working with the University of Ghana in that African country.
College of Human Sciences student teams place high in international competitions, including a third place finish by the Food Product Development team in the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association contest, in 2012.
Athletic training students placed first in the 2013 National Athletic Trainer’s Student Committee video contest.
Teacher education alumna Sarah Brown Wessling was named 2010 National Teacher of the Year, as announced by U.S. President Barack Obama.
The college is home to programs that are highly ranked among peers, nationally and globally:
The higher education program in educational leadership and policy studies is ranked among the nine best in public colleges and universities, by U.S. News and World Report magazine.
The education graduate program as a whole was ranked 65th among 279 public institutions, by U.S. News and World Report.
The hospitality management program is counted among the top 15 in the world by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research.
The kinesiology program is ranked among the top 20 in the nation by the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical education.
National ranking systems do not exist for a number of other programs in the college that are highly regarded for their rigor, including programs in food science and human nutrition as well as apparel, merchandising, and design.
Programs are led by top-notch faculty, who make world-changing discoveries, such as:
Kinesiology professor Rick Sharp, who helped test and design revolutionary swimsuit that helped Michael Phelps earn eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, where 94 percent of the gold medal-winning swimmers wore the suit.
Byron Brehm-Stecher, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, who developed a quicker, more convenient test for salmonella. Using next-generation DNA sequencing techniques, investigators can now spot contaminated products in three-or-four hours rather than one-to-seven days.
Suzanne Hendrich, university professor in food science and human nutrition, who discovered that ingesting flaxseed can decrease high cholesterol and significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, hear disease, and stroke.
Soko Starobin, assistant professor in educational leadership and policy studies, and colleagues who found that women who receive postsecondary career and technical education are still being short-changed in their career earnings when compared with male counterparts.
Associate Professor Joanne Olson serves as president of the Association for Science Teacher Education, an organization that provides leadership and guidance for all professionals who prepare preK-16 science teachers.
Dean Pamela White is a Fellow of American Association of Cereal Chemists International, an organization of scientists and food industry professionals who advance the understanding and knowledge of cereal grain science and its applications. She is also a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, an association of the best minds in food science who serve as catalysts for change and educate consumers, the media, the public policy community, and government agencies.
Professor Kim Greder, associate professor in human development and family studies, has received the 2013 Outstanding Engagement Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Board on Human Sciences.
Professor Gregory Welk – a specialist in the promotion of physical activity, cause, consequences, and prevention of obesity, and youth fitness testing and evaluation – is a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology.
The College of Human Sciences is widely recognized for effective outreach that leads to healthier citizens, more effective educators, a high-tech workforce, and thriving communities. A sampling of our multifaceted success stories:
The Strengthening Families program, designed by Extension specialists in the College of Human Sciences, has been ranked as the world’s most effective system for decreasing the onset of drugs and alcohol problems in youth, by Oxford Brookes University researchers who studied 6000 intervention programs.
Aldine Schools in Houston, Texas received the world’s largest education award, the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education, for improving student achievement in a low-income, inner-city environment – and the district is thanking Iowa State teacher education graduates for making it happen.
The Nutrition and Wellness Research Center improves human well-being through study of dietary intake, physical activity, and social and lifestyle behaviors, with a three-pronged focus on translational research, obesity-related research, and community health-related research.
The college provides leadership for improving quality of life around the globe with partners in countries such as Turkey, China, and Indonesia.
With more than 38,000 living alumni, we offer a superb network of prominent leaders who are advancing health and well-being, education and human development, science and technology, communities, and entrepreneurship. Our alumni also mentor young graduates to help them grow as professionals and shape their own adventures in improving people’s lives.
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