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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

School of Education doctoral student Ashley Nashleanas will explore how high school math teachers nationwide accommodate students with blindness and low vision when using graphics in their teaching. Photos by Ryan Riley.Doctoral student aims to improve accommodations in STEM education

Ashley Nashleanas didn’t have a model or rule book to follow while growing up blind in the small northwest Iowa town of Hinton. Braille helped her to read textbooks in school, but graphics in math and science lessons were often just — missing.



Emily Rocha, a senior in athletic training, assists a wrestler with a nosebleed during the 2017 state dual wrestling tournament. Photo by Ryan Riley.Iowa State athletic trainers mark 45 years at state wrestling tournament

As student-athletes take on their opponents at this year’s state high school wrestling tournament, they’ll have the support of Iowa State University athletic training majors — a relationship that this weekend marks its 45th year.



Iowa State senior Sarah Mader will join alumnae Elizabeth “Liz” Scarpino and Hannah Swanson in showing their collections at Omaha Fashion Week. Photo by Ryan Riley.Iowa State well-represented at Omaha Fashion Week

Three Iowa State University fashion designers are among 17 who will show their collections next week at the Midwest’s premier fashion event that is also the nation’s fifth-largest.

Senior Sarah Mader and alumnae Elizabeth “Liz” Scarpino and Hannah Swanson will show their collections at Omaha Fashion Week, Feb. 21 to 26 at the Omaha Design Center.



Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies, researches black men’s views of a husband’s role, and social fathers’ influence. Photo by Ryan Riley.Iowa State research shows power of father figures for building views of husband’s role

New research from Iowa State University shows that black men build their perceptions of a husband’s role from a variety of experiences and examples.

“Fathers are not working in isolation to raise and rear their children,” said Tera Jordan, an assistant professor in human development and family studies. “Boys exist in a complex network.”



Haley Morris, a senior in elementary education, reads with a young student. Morris tutors in the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic. Photo by Ryan Riley.Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic adding pilot program for struggling readers

An Iowa State University program is helping children become better readers as it expands to serve new students.



Amy Coenen, a senior in kinesiology and health, plays ball with a young boy in the Forker gym during an ExerCYse Time event. The events provide indoor play during cold months. Photo by Ryan Riley.ExerCYse is Medicine provides high-impact service learning experiences

An Iowa State University program is giving Cyclones ample opportunities for service learning — and making a big impact on healthful habits.

ExerCYse is Medicine, a kinesiology outreach program and recognized student organization, encourages regular physical activity and promotes its health benefits. The program is officially recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine.



Madie Conley and Haley Morris, both seniors in elementary education, are directors of recruitment and dancer relations for this year’s Iowa State Dance Marathon. Contributed photos.Human sciences students call work with Dance Marathon “life-changing”

College of Human Sciences students are taking their passion for helping people to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Iowa State Dance Marathon, the largest student philanthropy organization on campus that raises funds and awareness for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, will hold two 12-hour celebrations of life supporting more than 80 families across Iowa this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, in the Great Hall of Memorial Union.

Many of the 130 committee members for this year’s event are students in the College of Human Sciences. They include six of the 16 members of the Dance Marathon’s executive team, and 20 of the event’s 40 “morale captains.”



Faith Gaye, an ISU junior in kinesiology and health, will take part in a semester-long program aimed at encouraging undergraduates from underrepresented populations to pursue careers in toxicology. Photo by Christopher Gannon. Iowa State to launch new effort to mentor underrepresented students in toxicology

A new effort led by an Iowa State University veterinarian will kick off this semester to mentor undergraduate students from underrepresented populations with an interest in toxicology.



School of Education professors Michael Clough and Joanne Olson will receive the national Innovation in Teaching Science Teachers award at the Association for Science Teacher Education international conference in Des Moines. The conference is co-chaired by Olson. File photo by Wyeth Lynch.Iowa State shines at international gathering of science teacher educators

Iowa State University will showcase its expertise and leadership in science teacher education at a gathering this week of 500 science teacher educators from across the nation and world.

The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) will hold its 2017 international conference, Jan. 12 to 14 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. It’s a chance for those who prepare science teachers — from colleges both big and small — to network, present scholarly papers and posters, and attend professional development workshops aimed at informing their work and improving the preparation of science teachers.



Ann Gansemer-Topf in the School of Education (left), Margaret Van Ginkel in Human Sciences Extension and Outreach (center), and Britney Williams in kinesiology and health (right) are among 12 women featured in this year’s Women Impacting ISU calendar. Photos by Catt Center.Three human sciences women featured in 2017 calendar

Three women in human sciences are being recognized for making a difference at Iowa State University.

Ann Gansemer-Topf, an assistant professor in the School of Education; Margaret Van Ginkel, a hotlines coordinator and human sciences specialist in family finance; and Britney Williams, a senior in kinesiology and health; are among 12 women featured in the 2017 Women Impacting ISU calendar.



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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.