The Department of Human Sciences offers competitive programs of study leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences, and Early Childhood Education (Birth Through Kindergarten Licensure). Experiential learning is utilized in each program to include diverse, multi-cultural, and interdisciplinary perspectives of family studies. The mission of the Department of Human Sciences is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families by preparing a diverse student population for leadership roles in a changing global society through effective teaching, scholarship, and service. The degree in Early Childhood Education (Birth Through Kindergarten Licensure) prepares students for teacher licensure and a teaching career with children from birth through five years in inclusive settings serving both typically and atypically developing young children and their families. In addition to the areas identified for Child Development and Family Relations, students successfully completing the program may seek employment in public school classrooms, private preschools and kindergartens, home-based early intervention programs, Head Start, developmental day programs, and a variety of child care centers and programs.
Students must pass a departmental competency examination prior to enrolling in the practicum course. Students who maintain a 3.0 or better in major courses may be exempted from the competency exam. A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all major courses. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the department chairperson. Students are required to participate in professional organizations related to program areas, and attend area meetings.