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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.

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.

Student News

Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing, credits the 4-H Youth Program with launching her career in the fashion industry. Photo by Kent Davis.4-H alums credit youth program with launching human sciences careers

As Iowa teens this week participate in the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference at Iowa State University, they’ll pledge their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service, and their health to better living, not only for themselves, but also their communities and beyond.

For a number of 4-H alumni, that commitment to head, heart, hands, and health led them to pursue a career in human sciences.

“4-H really set a foundation for my life,” said Eulanda Sanders, Iowa State’s Donna R. Danielson Professor in Textiles and Clothing and the College of Human Sciences’ equity adviser. “It’s a fabulous organization. Often, when I have 4-H’ers in class, it’s evident. They possess attention for detail, good communication skills, inquisitiveness, and a willingness to take risks.”



Cynthia Reyes, a sophomore in elementary education, and Erick Estrada-Flores, a junior in elementary education, work with incoming Iowa State freshmen and their families as Cyclone Aides during summer orientation. Contributed photo.
Cyclone Aides welcome incoming students and their families

More than 40 Iowa State University students — including seven from the College of Human Sciences — are this month serving as Cyclone Aides and coordinators during orientation, welcoming incoming students and their families to campus and setting them up for success.

“It’s so rewarding to interact with families and welcome them into Iowa State,” said Erick Estrada-Flores, a senior in elementary education. “I love working with them and making their day even more enjoyable.”



Mason Finn, (back row, standing, third from the left), a junior in athletic training, observes a rookie minicamp as part of his internship with the Dallas Cowboys. Contributed photo.Iowa State students shine in internships across the nation

More than 300 Iowa State University students — in areas ranging from culinary food science to athletic training, apparel, event management, and extension and outreach — are gaining valuable work experience this summer through internships in Iowa and across the globe.



Jean O’Brien (left) presented Lindsey Spratt with a light-blue cord at this year’s teacher education cording ceremony. O’Brien was Spratt’s third-grade teacher. Contributed photo.Future elementary instructor still learning lessons from former third-grade teacher

When Lindsey Spratt arranges her classroom for her first teaching job at Ballard East Elementary School in Cambridge, Iowa, this fall, she’ll fulfill a life-long dream.

“I always wanted to be a teacher,” Spratt said. “I looked up to my teachers.”

Spratt graduated this spring from Iowa State University with a degree in elementary education. She was among 191 teacher education graduates who took part in the university’s third cording ceremony, celebrating completion of the educator preparation academic program and induction into the teaching profession.



Shannon Iskowitz, a senior in elementary education, helps Jerri Heid, the youth services manager at the Ames Public Library, tally scores at the sixth-grade Battle of the Books. Contributed Photo.Iowa State students increase middle schoolers' excitement about reading

Iowa State University students are helping middle schoolers get excited about reading through a challenge called Battle of the Books.



Research by assistant kinesiology professor Elizabeth Stegemoller shows that singing can improve speech and swallowing in people with Parkinson\'s disease. Singing groups like this one in Ames will be recorded to facilitate virtual singing groups in Calhoun County. Contributed photo.Iowa State engages Iowans with new Human Sciences research

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is launching two new research projects in northern Iowa. One will build literacy and STEM skills in children, while the other will use singing training to improve quality of life for Iowans with Parkinson’s disease.

The two proposals have been selected for funding through the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program, a partnership of ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Human Sciences. This new program funds research projects that focus on engagement, translate research into practice, and involve and benefit Iowans, their families and communities.



Alison Brinkman (left) leads her dance partner during “Dancing with the Students,” an event she designed to celebrate Iowa State University kinesiology students’ work alongside those living with Parkinson’s disease. Photo by Kent Davis.Student plans dance party for people with Parkinson’s disease

For Alison Brinkman, a recent Iowa State University graduate in kinesiology and health, helping people with Parkinson’s disease is personal.

“My grandma passed away from Parkinson’s when I was 10,” she said.

So when the music and movement outreach program developed by Elizabeth Stegemöller and Ann Smiley-Oyen — which uses music to improve movement and quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease — came to a close this year, Brinkman was determined to make it a family affair.



Iowa State University students created a nutritious frozen yogurt sandwich that has been named a finalist in the 2016 National Dairy Council New Product Competition. Photo by Ryan Riley.
Iowa State named top three finalist in national food product competition

A healthy dessert invented by eight Iowa State University students is one of three finalists in a national food product competition.

“Beyond the Bar” is a frozen yogurt sandwich containing vanilla matcha green tea-flavored frozen Greek yogurt with a chocolate swirl, in between two oat blend honey granola wafers. It combines sweet-tooth satisfaction, natural energy enhancers, and nutrients.



(From left) Brandi Wilkins, Anna Dice and Huahua Ouyang prepare samples of their team\'s coconut cream/fruit/chia seeds frozen dessert bar prior to the class\' new foods showcase in MacKay Hall on Monday. Photo by Christopher Gannon.Nothing bland about this event

Vegetable-mango gazpacho. Crunchy sweet potato cereal. A frozen dessert-on-a-stick containing coconut cream, multiple fruit juices, chia seeds and chocolate chips. Mango snack sticks with a habanero-cashew dip. Such were the offerings at this spring's new foods showcase, hosted May 2 by students in FSHN 412.



Iowa State University students competed for cash prizes of up to $200 at the 13th annual College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase. Photos by Ryan Riley.Apps win top prizes at 2016 Entrepreneurship Showcase

Technology was the big winner at this year’s College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship Showcase, with two of the top awards going to ideas for apps for mobile devices.



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