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Welcome to the College of Human Sciences. Our unique blend of departments, majors, and program offerings are unlike any other college in the Midwest. Explore what CHS has to offer by starting here with your interest or major.

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Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

The apparel, merchandising, and design major opens doors to some of the hottest careers in the textiles and apparel industry. When you major in this field, you’ll study fashion design, product development, costume history, merchandising and marketing strategies, production processes, business practices, and consumer behavior.

Child, Adult, and Family Services

As communities adapt to changing statewide and national demographics, the child, adult, and family services major will prepare you to work with people from the very young to the very old. You will help them learn skills and strategies in education, child care, youth development, family interaction, conflict resolution, and addiction/abuse treatment.

Culinary Science

As a culinary science student, you will explore the chemical and physical interactions of food and develop basic cooking techniques. The food industry is hungry for professionals prepared to work in this emerging field, specifically in researching and developing products and corporate restaurant menus.

Diet and Exercise

The accelerated program in diet and exercise allows you to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years. You will study advanced nutrition, physical activity, and ways they interact with health and disease. You’ll design strategic dietary and exercise programs to help people maintain optimum health.


Growing concern for the health and nutritional wellness of our country’s citizens has made dietetics a rapidly expanding career field. Coursework includes nutrient metabolism, community nutrition counseling and educational methods, medical nutrition therapy, and foodservice management.

Early Childhood Education

A degree in early childhood education readies you to work with children from birth through third grade. Coursework and practicum experiences will prepare you for licensure to teach in early childhood classrooms, special education classrooms, or home-based programs. This major is shared by Human Development and Family Studies and Curriculum and Instruction.

Elementary Education

With a degree in elementary education, you will gain the skills necessary to teach children in kindergarten through sixth grade. You will also gain expertise in an area of endorsement that extends your teaching license and qualifies you to teach students through eighth grade.

Entrepreneurial Studies

This interdisciplinary minor provides opportunities to students to learn about the process of creating value through recognizing and developing opportunities. In addition to feasibility analysis and business planning, the program deals with the topics of innovation, opportunity recognition, technology transfer, industry analysis, and competitive strategy.

Event Management

More than ever, companies and individuals are relying on experienced, professional event managers to coordinate conferences, weddings, festivals, and other special occasions. You’ll study trend analysis, hospitality, and resource management to organize momentous gatherings on time and within budget.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies

Family and consumer sciences education and studies will give you a broad understanding of individual, family, and community issues to improve the lives of others. There are three options in this program: teacher licensure, communications and professional studies.

Financial Counseling and Planning

This program prepares you to service the financial and housing needs of families and individuals as you learn strategies to manage time, money, and other family resources. You’ll examine and evaluate housing needs, issues, and trends to better meet special needs for families and children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Food Science

As a food scientist, you’ll apply principles of biology, chemistry, and physics to improve the safety, nutrition, wholesomeness, and availability of national and worldly food sources. You can choose from three primary options: food science and technology, food science and industry, and consumer food science.

Hospitality Management

In Iowa State’s world-renown hospitality management program, you will learn essential principles of managing a variety of hospitality organizations, such as hotels, restaurants, clubs, and foodservice companies. You’ll also develop expertise in managing diverse functions, such as accounting and finance, foodservice, human resources, marketing, and lodging.

Kinesiology and Health

Students in the kinesiology and health major study the biological and behavioral aspects of human movement through biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor behavior and control. You can choose from six career options: athletic training, health/fitness management, exercise science, community/public health, physical education teacher licensure, or general studies.

Nutritional Science

Future nutritional scientists focus on the relationship between diet and health, studying the effects of various nutrients in the cause, treatment, and prevention of many diseases, as well as the maintenance of normal health, growth, and development. This major puts you on track for health professional programs.

Pre-health programs

As a pre-health student, there are a variety of majors that put you on track to attend medical, dental, physical therapy, chiropractic, or other professional health programs upon graduation. These programs include: diet and exercise, kinesiology (exercise science option), nutritional science, and child life specialization.

Secondary Education Licensure

If you seek to teach at the secondary level, you will enroll in the academic department that offers your chosen content area, and work to meet graduation requirements of that department college. Later, you’ll apply for admission to Iowa State’s teacher education program. There are thirteen content areas of teach licensure, ranging from English to Biology.


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Student News

Science Bound celebrates 25th anniversary

Iowa State University will this week begin celebrating 25 years of empowering thousands of ethnically diverse Iowa students to pursue careers in math and science through a highly successful outreach program.

Science Bound will on Tuesday host a grand opening celebration of its new location at 2156 Gilman Hall. The program was previously housed in the Office and Laboratory Building. The new space will allow the program, which is part of the School of Education and College of Human Sciences, to meet its growing needs.

Student organizers of The Fashion Show 2016 are among two College of Human Sciences groups launching crowdfunding campaigns this spring through the Iowa State University Foundation’s new FundISU platform. File photos by Blake Lanser.Human Sciences groups try their hands at crowdfunding

Iowa State University groups looking for a way to raise money can now use the popular method of crowdfunding. Two College of Human Sciences groups are among those ready to give it a try.

Iowa State dancers learn from guest artists Melecio Estrella and Andrew Ward, who visited Orchesis I and the dance department in advance of the annual Barjche` concert. Contributed photo.Modern dance celebrates 70 years of performances

Iowa State University dancers in the Orchesis I Dance Company are celebrating more than 70 years of Barjche` modern dance productions.

Safwan Elkhatib, a senior in kinesiology and health, is one of 12 peer advisers who will hold resume-coaching sessions with College of Human Sciences students. Photo by Ryan Riley. Career services offers new peer advising sessions

College of Human Sciences students needing help with their resumes have a new resource in the career services office: peer advising sessions.

Beginning today, the student advisory team — a dozen human sciences students trained to provide resume help, lead ambassadors at career fairs, and give career presentations to classes — will hold office hours from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in 131 MacKay Hall.

Students gather for the Iowa State Dance Marathon to support families with children treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Contributed photo.Students celebrate with the families they support through Dance Marathon weekend

Six-year-old Reese has a special extended family of Iowa State University students.

Reese was born with a spinal cord tumor that affected the function of organs in her body. She endures daily treatments to keep healthy.

Hundreds of Iowa State students on Friday and Saturday will participate in the Iowa State Dance Marathon in the Memorial Union. The fundraising event supports Reese and many other children treated at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, one of 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in North America.

Iowa State\'s Katy Swalwell spent a semester observing students at an affluent, private school to understand how they learn about social justice problems. Photo by Christopher Gannon. Teaching privileged students about social justice necessary for change, says ISU professor

Social justice educational initiatives often focus on giving a voice to students of color and low-income students, but Katy Swalwell, an assistant professor of education at Iowa State University, says such efforts alone may not be enough to bring about real change.

Ann Thye and Chris Wise, faculty advisers for Trend magazine, hold the 19th edition of Trend magazine at the release party with co-editors-in-chief Mary Kate Knabel and Jessi Wilson. Photo by Andrew Lorenzen.Trend celebrates 10 years of student success

Trend magazineIowa State University’s student-run magazine focusing on fashion, beauty, body, and lifestyle for men and women — celebrates 10 years of fashion journalism this year.

Anne Oldham in food science and human nutrition (left) and Christina Hillman in child, adult, and family services (right) are among 12 women featured in this year’s Women Impacting ISU calendar. Photos by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center.Two College of Human Sciences women featured in calendar

Two College of Human Sciences women — a nationally acclaimed student athlete and a dedicated academic adviser who bleeds cardinal and gold — are being recognized for their leadership at Iowa State University.

Christina “Tina” Hillman, a senior double-majoring in psychology and child, adult, and family services, and Anne Oldham, an academic adviser in food science and human nutrition who’s director of the didactic program in dietetics, are among 12 women featured in the 2016 Women Impacting ISU calendar.

Iowa State students Hannah Yokiel in child, adult, and family services (left) and Kelly Rudnicki in global resource systems (right) volunteered at a Madison, Wisconsin food bank during winter break as part of the Alternative Breaks program. Contributed photo.
Iowa State students help Midwest families in need

A dozen College of Human Sciences students are among 27 from Iowa State University who spent part of their winter break helping those in need.

Through the university’s Alternative Breaks programs, the students distributed meals through the Second Harvest Food Bank in Madison, Wisconsin; assisted teachers at University City Children’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri; and helped low-income families through Phoenix Family in Kansas City, Missouri.

Iowa State apparel students Chelsea Blake (left) and Josie Saunders (right) developed a fashion-themed umbrella for the Textiles and Clothing Museum’s Mary Alice Gallery in Morrill Hall. Photo by Ryan Riley.
Iowa State apparel students create innovative new products for organizations

Jewelry, blankets, even wall art — new merchandise developed by Iowa State University students could be coming to a retailer near you.

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    The College of Human Sciences offers 21 undergraduate and graduate majors. Within six months of graduating, 92 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients and 96 percent of master’s and doctoral degree recipients secure employment or advanced educational placement.