Economic and Social Well-being
A balanced perspective for decision making
By studying economics, psychology, sociology, government and ethics, Human Ecology students learn to evaluate our society’s values, laws, policies and programs. Students and faculty focusing on economics and social well being investigate how institutions and policies affect human populations, taking a step back to critically consider these issues from long and short term perspectives.
The applications of an education in the area of economics and social well being are infinite because these areas play a critical role in the human experience throughout the life course. Policies, regulations and the ways in which government and businesses interact are the undercurrents that influence the environments in which we find ourselves each day.
Policy Analysis and Management gives students the knowledge to critically analyze our society’s values and build management skills for use in public, not-for-profit and for-profit settings. Ideas of social justice, equity and efficiency are studied, along with strategic planning, human resources, supervision, and organizational development. Students can choose from three concentrations – Family and social welfare policy; Consumer policy; and Health policy.
Coursework includes: economics, statistics, sociology, philosophy/ethics, government and psychology.
Facility Planning and Management focuses on the areas that must be considered and coordinated to ensure that buildings and their interior capital are planned, designed, and managed in ways that maximize usefulness and cost-effectiveness.
Coursework includes: applied design/principles, psychology, economics, real estate management, and project engineering.
Human Development provides a strong grounding in the behavioral sciences and what those disciplines tell us about how people age and change throughout their lives and how they are affected by their experiences and environments. A variety of concentrations are available for students to further specialize and customize their studies.
Coursework includes: psychology, sociology, biology, statistics, anthropology, and history.
Nutritional Sciences deals with the interrelationship between food, nutrition and health. Nutritional Sciences is approached from a highly natural and physical science perspective. A variety of issues are covered, from the biochemistry of the cell, to the political and economic dimensions of world hunger. Nutritional Sciences students can fulfill the course requirements for membership in the American Dietetics Association or can pursue a concentration in exercise science.
Coursework includes: chemistry, biochemistry, economics, sociology and psychology.
Apparel and Textile Management involves the application of economics, management and marketing principles to the textile and apparel industry.
Coursework includes: design principles, psychology, economics, business management, calculus, statistics, communication, government, sociology, production and management, and organizational behavior.