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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

College of Human Sciences student marshals and dean’s recognition award recipients are among those who will be recognized at this year’s convocation. Photo by Ryan Riley.Students to receive special honors at fall College of Human Sciences convocation

The Iowa State University College of Human Sciences will recognize the accomplishments of approximately 110 graduating students in a series of events on Dec. 16 and 17.



Allie Duwenhoegger lets a young girl listen to her heartbeat during a study abroad experience near Kingston, Jamaica. The experience deepened Duwenhoegger’s understanding of patient care. Photo by Ryan Riley.Duwenhoegger driven by strong desire to help others, both overseas and on campus

Allie Duwenhoegger knows the importance of building relationships through her work. She takes ample opportunities to give of herself — both at Iowa State and around the world.



Auriel Willette (right), an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition; and Joseph Webb, a graduate research assistant, found on average that Caucasians with one bad version of guanosine triphosphate cyclohydrolase-1, or the GCH1 gene, developed Parkinson’s symptoms five years earlier, and had a 23 percent increased risk for the disease. Photo by Ryan Riley.Gene mutation linked to early onset of Parkinson’s disease in Caucasians

A defect in a gene that produces dopamine in the brain appears to accelerate the onset of Parkinson’s disease, according to new research from Iowa State University. The effect is particularly dramatic for people under age 50.



Carmen Flagge (left) leads Connect Four, a learning community that connects College of Human Sciences students of color with one another and builds a smaller community within the larger Iowa State community. Photo by Ryan Riley.
Creating a space where students can be themselves

For students of color at Iowa State University, multicultural program offices are both a resource and a place to call home.



Iowa State University scholars, largely from the School of Education in Lagomarcino Hall, are this week showcasing their research at the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference. Photo by Ryan Riley.Iowa State shares research about higher education policy and practice

Iowa State University scholars are this week sharing their research about higher education policy and practice at a meeting of the nation’s premier association for such research.

Twenty-one researchers, largely from the School of Education, are showcasing their work at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference, today through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The association is a scholarly society with 2,000 members dedicated to higher education as a field of study.



Iowa State graduate student April Elisha Stanley will exhibit a green jacket entitled \"Irish Roots\" and a blue ensemble called \"Paisley Impressions” at this year’s International Textile and Apparel Association conference. Contributed photo.
Iowa State top presenter at international textile and apparel conference

Iowa State University apparel, merchandising, and design students and faculty will this week present the most scholarly activities at the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA)’s annual conference for the sixth consecutive year.



Matt Rowling (right), an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, mentors undergraduates like Carter Reed (left) in his research lab. Photo by Ryan Riley.Faculty pair research, relationships to bring about student success

Matt Rowling is more than a teacher — he’s also a tour guide, leading students along on their Iowa State adventure.

“I want my students to realize that I’ve been in their shoes — I’ve been as confused as they are sometimes,” said Rowling, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition. “We’re going to learn together.”



Leaders of Iowa State University and Fu Jen Catholic University sign an agreement that will create new opportunities for apparel, merchandising, and design students. Photo by Ryan Riley.New agreement sets up exchange with Taiwan university

Iowa State University will have new opportunities for students in apparel, merchandising, and design to study in Taiwan and to learn from Taiwanese students who will travel here, under a new agreement with Fu Jen Catholic University.



Amy Raymond (middle) is a peer mentor for Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers, one of more than 80 learning communities at Iowa State that help first-year college students succeed. Photo by Ryan Riley.Learning communities key to Iowa State student success

On an 1,813-acre campus with 36,660 students, Iowa State University manages to provide an experience that’s uniquely personal to each student.

Key to that experience is being part of a “learning community,” which is a group aimed at helping first-year college students succeed. More than 70 percent of first-year students — including 75 percent of first-year students of color — participate in learning communities at Iowa State.



Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. He traveled twice to Scotland for his research on kiltmaking. Contributed photo by Juliana Guglielmi/Philadelphia University.
Doctoral student takes his Iowa State experience to Scotland

Iowa State University offers an increasing number of opportunities to take part in the ISU student experience — even from afar.

Dave Loranger will this fall become Iowa State’s first graduate from its new hybrid program for doctoral students in apparel, merchandising, and design. The program allowed Loranger to take most of his classes from his home on the East Coast, but come to Ames for summer classes.



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    The College of Human Sciences offers 21 undergraduate and graduate majors. According to those responding to the career services survey, over 90% of our graduates are professionally occupied within six months of graduation.