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College of Human Sciences

Cheryl L. Achterberg, Dean
Thomas Andre, Associate Dean
Jackie M. Blount, Associate Dean
JaneAnn Stout, Associate Dean
David Whaley, Associate Dean

Departments of the College

Apparel, Educational Studies, and
Hospitality Management
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Health and Human Performance
Human Development and Family Studies

The College of Human Sciences provides an integrative approach to improving the quality of life for individuals, families, schools and communities by linking discovery, science, creativity, and practice; applying the knowledge of learning in all endeavors; and developing leaders for roles in research, education, business and industry, and health and human services.

Founded in 2005, the College of Human Sciences (CHS) is the combination of the College of Education and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The new college fosters innovative synergies in teaching and research, and in many ways has begun reinventing how human potential can be enhanced. Members of the College of Human Sciences community strive to improve the quality of people’s lives - helping them learn better, live longer, and lead lives that are more productive and fulfilling.

Recommended High School Preparation

Recommended preparation for students entering most departments of the College of Human Sciences should include 4 years of English (including speech) with emphasis in composition and communication skills; 3 years each of mathematics and natural sciences, and at least 2 years of social science and/or humanities. In addition, students interested in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education are advised to complete three or more years of high school study in one foreign language.

Information for Prospective Students

Each student in the College of Human Sciences works closely with an academic adviser who is associated with the curriculum in which the student is majoring. In some majors, freshmen are advised by a general college adviser. After the freshmen year, these students are assigned an adviser in the department of the chosen curriculum. Advisers assist students in developing academic programs and in adjusting to university life. They also provide information and guidance about career choices. Advisers attempt to adjust each student’s schedule of course work in accordance with the student’s interests and capabilities.

The college offers an orientation program during the summer for students planning to enter in the fall. Incoming students are encouraged to attend the orientation session so that academic assessments can be made and appropriate classes may be scheduled for the following term.

Open Option Status

The College of Human Sciences offers an open option for entering students who have not selected a specific area of study. An orientation course helps students explore the opportunities available. Program planning information can be obtained from general college advisers.

Planned Transfer Programs

By careful planning, students may begin their education at another college, then transfer their courses to a curriculum within the College of Human Sciences with maximum efficiency in meeting the degree requirements. The College works closely with community colleges in Iowa and surrounding states to facilitate a transfer to Iowa State University. For more information, call 1-800-522-0683 or visit the College of Human Sciences Student Services.

Families Extension

Students may prepare for a career in the Cooperative Extension Service by enrolling in a curriculum in the College of Human Sciences that provides them with a broad subject matter base for conducting educational programs for families. Advice on choice of courses should be sought from the Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies program, the associate dean and director of Iowa State University Extension to Families programs, the director of Iowa State University Extension to Youth and 4-H programs, or the Extension Human Resources office.

Undergraduate Core Curriculum

Graduates of the College of Human Sciences will demonstrate professional and personal competencies in concepts fundamental to the College’s mission. These core concepts serve as a unifying focus for students in the College. Competencies will be assessed by designated outcomes in courses within each major in the College.

Critical Thinking: Using reflective thinking and reasoning, evaluate information based on natural and social sciences, mathematics, and an understanding of social responsibility to make value-based decisions and to solve problems.

Communication: Communicate effectively (written, oral, visual, and electronic) as professionals and members of the global community.

Professional Competence: Demonstrate depth and breadth of disciplinary knowledge by using appropriate technology and skills to meet professional obligations, to behave in a legal and ethical manner; and be prepared to engage in life-long learning.

General Education

Students in the College of Human Sciences are required to complete a program in general education which is integrated with their professional training and extends through the undergraduate curriculum.
The general education program emphasizes intellectual growth and personal development as contrasted with specific vocational preparation. It is recognized that many contributions to general education may be made by courses which have other primary objectives.

The program aims to stimulate a desire for learning and intellectual endeavor, develop understanding and appreciation for the physical and cultural world, encourage independent thinking and analysis, increase competence in all aspects of communication, and create an understanding of individuals as social, psychological, and physical beings.

The student is expected to complete studies in three groups in general education. Areas represented below are not departmental titles. In some cases, courses relating to a given area may be found in several different departments. Credits listed are minimum requirements.

Minimum Group Requirements in the College of Human Sciences

9.5 cr.

I. Communication Skills: English 150, 250; Library 160; and 3 credits in oral communication

9 cr.

II. Biological and physical sciences and mathematical disciplines: at least 3 credits in mathematical disciplines

15 cr.

III. Social sciences and humanities: at least 6 credits in social sciences and at least 6 credits in humanities

Accreditation and Licensure

The following program-specific accreditation/licensure/registrations have been attained by Departments within the College:

Department of Apparel, Educational Studies, and Hospitality Management:

Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher Licensure Program is licensed by the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management:

is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, the accrediting agency of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education.

Production focus of the Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production major is endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association.

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition:

Food Science and Technology is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists. The Dietetics Internship has initial accreditation and the Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted approval status by the Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Education of The American Dietetic Association, 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-4876.

Department of Health and Human Performance:

The Athletic Training Option is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Department of Human Development and Family Studies:

The Child Development Laboratory School is accredited by the National Academy for Early Childhood Programs and licensed by the Iowa Department of Human Services; Early Childhood Education-Unified is approved by the Iowa Department of Education; Marital and Family Therapy (Ph.D. only) is approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.

Teacher Education and Licensure

All students who are recommended by Iowa State University for teacher licensure must meet the requirements of the University Teacher Education Program and be recommended by the Director of Teacher Education.

Each student will be enrolled in the department in which he or she plans to major and must meet the graduation requirements of that department and the college in which it is located.

For details concerning the professional teacher education requirements and the areas of specialization requirements, see Teacher Education, Courses and Programs. Information disclosure for students and employees is available at


For more information about a major, see: 1) the curriculum descriptions in this section of the catalog; 2) the department catalog section under Courses and Programs; and 3) department websites.

Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production—Options: Merchandising; Design; Production—Administered by the Department of Apparel, Educational Studies and Hospitality Management

Child, Adult, and Family Services—Options: Child Programs; Youth Programs; and Adult/Family Programs — Administered by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Dietetics—Administered by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Early Childhood Education—Administered jointly by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Elementary Education—Administered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies—Options: Communications; Professional Studies; Teacher Licensure—Administered by the Department of Apparel, Educational Studies and Hospitality Management

Family Finance, Housing, and Policy—Administered by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Food Science—Options: Consumer Food Science; Food Science and Industry; Food Science and Technology—Administered by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Health and Human Performance—Options: Athletic Training; Community and Public Health; Exercise Science; General Studies; Health/Fitness Management; and Physical Education Licensure —Administered by the Department of Health and Human Performance

Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management—Administered by the Department of Apparel, Educational Studies and Hospitality Management

Nutritional Science—Administered by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Secondary Education—The College of Human Sciences provides secondary education licensure programs in conjunction with subject matter areas, or majors, offered by various departments across the University campus. These subject matter areas include agriculture, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, English, foreign languages, general sciences, health, family and consumer sciences education, mathematics, music, physical science, physics, and social studies. See Index, Teacher Education.


Minors are available to all Iowa State students. Minors consist of at least 15 credits and are available in the following areas:

Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production
Athletic Coaching
Child, Adult, and Family Services
Educational Computing
Educational Services in Family and Consumer Sciences
Family Finance, Housing, and Policy
Food Safety (interdepartmental minor)
Gerontology (interdisciplinary minor)
Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management
See Index for minor requirements for specific departments and programs.

International Studies (secondary major only)

The International Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program which may be taken only as a second major. Students pursuing a second major in international studies must complete the International Studies Program as described in this catalog (see Index, International Studies).

Double Majors

Students may elect a second major from the departments and program areas listed above, or from a major field offered for the bachelor’s degree in another college of the university. Double majors may be prohibited between majors as determined by the appropriate curriculum committees.

The major departments must approve the degree program, and if those majors involve two colleges, both deans must approve. Such programs must fulfill the general education requirements of the college of the primary major. If one major leads to the B.A. degree and the other to the B.S. degree, the degree awarded will be the one offered by the department of the primary major. If the primary major may lead to either a B.A. or a B.S., a student may choose to receive either degree. In this case, the student must satisfy the requirements of each major and of the degree that is chosen for the primary major.

Students with a primary major in another college who wish to take a second major in the College of Human Sciences are required to meet all requirements for the major, including the CHS core, and prerequisite and supporting courses.

Two Bachelor’s Degrees

Any degree offered by the College of Human Sciences may be earned together with a degree in this or any other college of the university. For the requirements for two degrees, see Index, Two Bachelor’s Degrees.

International and Cross Cultural Programs

Study abroad opportunities are available and encouraged through the College of Human Sciences to broaden international and cross-cultural perspectives. Scholarships and other forms of financial assistance are available which provide partial support for students studying abroad. The College has established programs with a variety of colleges and universities around the world including Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland; University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand; the International College of Hospitality Administration, Brig, Switzerland; the London College of Fashion, London, England; Paris American Academy, Paris, France; and participate in group study abroad programs to Europe, Africa, Central and South America, and Asia.

Other opportunities may be developed through consultation with the college Study Abroad Program Coordinator and the student’s adviser; for example, students have acquired internships and studied in such countries as Kenya, Spain, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Guatemala, Switzerland, England, Australia, Germany, and France. Faculty members bring diversity and global perspectives to instruction and research through their work in India, South Korea, Central and South America, Pakistan, Africa, and Europe.

Honors Program

High achieving students, with a grade point average of above 3.35, are invited to apply to the Honors Program. Honors students are encouraged to develop a creative program of study expanding their interests while meeting individual educational objectives. Students in the Honors Program also participate in University Honors Seminars and complete an honors project. For further information, contact the College Honors Committee or academic adviser. Also see Index, Honors Program.

Dietetics Internship (DI)

This post baccalaureate program, administered by the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, has initial accreditation from the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The purpose of the program is to enable those who meet the academic requirements of the ADA to obtain at least 900 hours of practice supervised by registered dietitians in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, and foodservice management to meet ADA performance requirements for entry level dietitians.

Students who satisfactorily complete the DI will be eligible to take the national registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Preparation for Graduate Study

Students considering graduate studies should gain background knowledge in basic subjects related to their area of interest. Undergraduate mathematics, statistics, and research methods courses are useful as preparation for advanced study in graduate school. Upon completion of graduate programs, students are qualified for leadership positions in public and private institutions and for teaching, research, and extension positions in colleges and universities.

Graduate Curricula

The College of Human Sciences offers programs leading to the degrees of master of science, master of education, and doctor of philosophy. Graduate study in the College of Human Sciences is conducted through the Graduate College. Details are found in the Graduate College section of this catalog, ( and on department websites.