The School of Human Ecology's mission is to explore and enhance the human experience through the context of families, nutrition, and merchandising. With a focus on promoting diversity and sustainability in a globalizing and ever-changing world, we endeavor to create competent and engaged professionals, contribute to scholarly research, and partner with and provide services for the community.
From the beginning of the profession, Human Ecology has been concerned with the impact of environmental factors on human well-being. Human Ecology provides an emphasis on personal development, decision making, and intrapersonal skills. Consumer-related skills that provide understanding to how economic, social, and cultural factors affect behavior is another area of focus. We are interested in the study of people, their natural and built environments, their values and choices, their cultural influences and beliefs, their communities, and their rich behavioral repertoires.
Human Ecology curricula provide the necessary decision making, social, and communication skills that are critical for occupational success. No other academic unit incorporates in its curriculum as many pertinent life skills that will help individuals succeed in their career paths as well as their personal lives. The knowledge that is provided in Human Ecology has relevance to students' present lives, as well as, will prove valuable throughout the lifespan as graduates have a direct impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities they serve.
Human Ecology programs have been an integral part of Louisiana Tech University since its inception in 1894. Tech was the first university in the state to offer programs in human ecology disciplines. The School of Human Ecology offers three undergraduate degrees in the specialization areas of family and child studies, nutrition and dietetics, and fashion merchandising and retail studies. Two undergraduate degrees, family and consumer sciences education and early childhood education, are offered jointly with the College of Education. The School of Human Ecology also offers a masters degree in nutrition and dietetics. Our programs provide students with the opportunities for internships, field study and travel, membership in professional organizations, and professional growth.
The School of Human Ecology is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Individual programs of study are also accredited by individual professional organizations