Prospective Students

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.

Dietetics

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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A \"pop-up shop\" will add an element of surprise to this year\'s Fashion Show at Iowa State University. Ashley Peters, Wendee Cooper, and Courtney Brockman are directors of this year\'s pop-up shop. Photos by Blake Lanser.Pop-up shop adds element of surprise to fashion show

Iowa State University students in apparel, merchandising, and design are teaming up with Ames businesses, a professor and students in architecture, and industry experts to add an element of surprise to this year’s fashion show.

A fun, new “pop-up shop” — part of an international new trend of opening short-term sales spaces — is expected to spring up on campus April 10, the day before The Fashion Show 2015.



The ISU School of Education will hold a ribbon cutting April 24 to showcase the school and mark the end of the $5.4 million in renovations. Photos by Blake Lanser.ISU School of Education has a reason to celebrate

With its fresh new look and new leadership, the Iowa State University School of Education will take a moment next month to celebrate.

The nationally award-winning school that's at the heart of the College of Human Sciences' efforts to expand human potential and improve people's lives will hold a ribbon cutting from 3 to 5 p.m. April 24 in the courtyard of Lagomarcino Hall.



Iowa State student Kenneth Odoom models clothing designed by Mia Pierson for men who commute to work on their bikes. The garments will be entered in this year\'s ISU Fashion Show. Photo by Lynn Campbell.Trendy clothes for cycling, swimming in this year’s Iowa State University fashion show

Unique entries in The Fashion Show at Iowa State University this year include clothes especially designed for men who bike to work, and swimwear for full-figured women.



Senior Fit Night brought models and designers together to prepare for this year\'s Fashion Show at Iowa State University. Photos by Blake Lanser.March: The calm before the storm for the ISU Fashion Show

This year’s fashion show at Iowa State University will feature a new type of scholarship, new categories of competition, and a “pop-up shop” that’s part of the latest craze in retail.



An Iowa State culinary science student will return to the Iowa ProStart invitational to represent Iowa State\'s culinary science program. Photo by Blake Lanser.Hands-on learning takes center stage at ProStart competition

An Iowa State University student who previously won a premier high school culinary arts competition will return this year to help educate youth about career opportunities that lie ahead.



An Iowa State student is launching her a business promoting her line of women\'s clothing aimed at African women living in the United States. Illustration by Claire Kean.Iowa State student takes African fashion designs nationwide

Claire Kean is combining her talent in fashion design, love of travel, and personal connection with Africa to create a bold and colorful clothing line that’s gaining attention on the national runway.



Iowa State freshman Tryston Crook is majoring in pre-athletic training because he wants to help athletes avoid injuries. While playing football and wrestling in Nashua-Plainfield High School, he suffered several injuries — from a sprained ankle to a torn quad and a dislocated shoulder. Photo by Blake Lanser.
National report: Human Sciences majors among the most meaningful

Academic majors offered by the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences are considered among the most meaningful nationally, leading to jobs that make the world a better place. 



Event management student Morgan Iske meets world-famous ducks and, more importantly, learns world-famous customer service at Walt Disney World.Iowa State students build their futures at Disney World

In the first days of her internship, Morgan Iske toured Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

She also walked an underground system of pathways tucked underneath the park, off limits to the public, and stood directly below Cinderella’s castle.

Iske is one of a handful of Iowa State students who have moved down to Orlando, Fla., for the semester in order to complete an internship with the Disney College Program — which offers college undergraduates work experience at Disney parks.



Andrea Tate, a student in apparel, merchandising, and design, brings new life to existing fashions with her own line of upcycled apparel, Ohtatie. Photo by Blake Lanser.Iowa State student aims to reduce waste with upcycled fashions

When Andrea Tate sees clothes at yard sales and thrift stores, she also sees possibilities.



The College of Human Sciences offers study abroad options for students in all disciplines. Human development and family studies students visited South Korea to learn about family life. Contributed photo.Study abroad programs expand Iowa State’s international reach

Growing participation in study abroad opportunities is helping Iowa State University expand its international reach.



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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.