College of Human Ecology Majors
Design and Environmental Analysis combines innovative design thinking with insightful design research to understand how our daily lives are impacted by the built environment. Through multi-disciplinary training in human-centered design, environmental psychology, ergonomics, and facility strategy and management, students tackle problems from a systems view - people, process, and place - to create strategic, sustainable, and healthy futures by design. Students learn to critically plan, design, and manage the interiors of corporate, government, educational, health care, and other built facilities for individuals and organizations with the intent of satisfying human needs.
Fashion Design and Management is a design-centered program in Fashion Design, Technical Apparel Design, and Fashion Design Management. The program provides an in-depth study of the aesthetics, functionality, and international business of fashion. Students develop aesthetic sensibilities, technical skills, an understanding of fashion and the creative process, and apply management and marketing principles to this specialized industry in the context of a university education. There are two options within the major: Fashion Design prepares students for careers in the fashion industry through studio courses exploring concepts and techniques of making fashion; Fashion Design Management applies management and marketing principles to broadly defined fashion industry.
Fiber Science concentrates on the scientific study and application of the physical, chemical, biomedical, and engineering properties to develop and control fiberous materials to positively impact society. Students learn how the principles of fiber science influence the design and fabrication of traditional and innovative products, from clothing and textiles to green composites and life-saving medical implants, advanced engineering composites, and nanofibers.
Global and Public Health Sciences teaches the tools of public health research and action, and their application to population health issues in the U.S. and around the world. Students approach the sustained improvement of the health of populations from a multidisciplinary approach involving the biomedical, social, behavioral, political, and environmental sciences, as well as the careful consideration of cultural and ethical contexts.
Human Biology, Health, and Society*, through its multidisciplinary approach, provides students with a strong background in human biology, while preparing them to explore health issues from a social science perspective. Health and illness are considered within the context of the social, psychological, economic, cultural, and policy dimensions surrounding individuals, communities, and populations.
Human Development provides a strong foundation in the behavioral sciences while exploring the social, cultural, biological, and psychological development of people through all of life's stages. Students apply psychology and sociology to the understanding of how people grow and change throughout their lives and how their experiences affect their development. The curriculum is organized into five areas: Aging and Health; Cognitive Development; Human Developmental and Behavioral Neuroscience; Law, Psychology, and Human Development; and Social and Personality Development.
Nutritional Sciences*, found within Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences, is one of the world's premier academic programs dedicated to the study of human nutrition. With a foundation in biology and chemistry and complemented by social sciences, students learn how nutrition affects the well-being of individuals, families, communities, and nations and examine the complex relationships among human health, nutrition, food and lifestyle patterns, and social and institutional environments.
Policy Analysis and Management students apply theories and methods from economics, sociology, government, and psychology to strategically and critically examine our society's values, laws, policies, and programs. By studying the relationship between the public and private sectors and their interaction with neighborhoods, consumers, product developers, and regulatory agencies, students learn to understand the impact of business, government, and public policy on individuals, families, and communities. Upper-level electives allow for flexibility and customization based on an individual's interests.
* Nutritional Sciences and Human Biology, Health, and Society majors may also fulfill the course requirements for membership in the American Dietetics Association or can pursue a concentration in exercise science, physical therapy, or sports training.