Vision for Undergraduate Education

Human Ecology graduates become citizens, scholars, and practitioners who use research and interdisciplinary perspectives to work with others as team members and leaders to anticipate, analyze, and address contemporary societal problems. Graduates become employed or pursue advanced study in a wide variety of fields including health, business, technology, design, policy, law, public service, and research.

Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

Human Ecology students achieve the following key learning outcomes through the general education requirements, the specialized requirements of the student's chosen major, and the co-curricular programs offered by the College and the University.

  1. Comprehend disciplines and fields: Explain principles and methods; identify emerging issues; describe practice expectations; communicate effectively within disciplines and fields
  2. Think critically: Critique and evaluate information, design, and claims; interpret visual information; demonstrate quantitative reasoning and statistical inference; explain scientific method ; distinguish between objectivity and subjectivity
  3. Apply multi-disciplinary perspectives: Identify complex interactions between individuals and their environments; explain interactions within and between the natural, physical, and social sciences; manage diverse and changing social, technological, and material environments; collaborate across disciplines to understand and analyze issues
  4. Innovate in research, design, or practice: Synthesize ideas; use research methods to generate knowledge; develop new practices; solve problems
  5. Write, speak and use visual communications effectively: Speak and write logically, clearly and persuasively; use effective visual communications; adapt communications to audience and goals
  6. Work effectively with others: Display effective leadership and teamwork; appreciate diverse perspectives; cooperate within and across diverse groups; engage effectively with communities
  7. Display commitment to ethical principles: Identify ethical and moral issues; know and adhere to ethical principles in academics, research, design, and practice; recognize conflicts of interest; attribute source materials
  8. Direct own learning: Demonstrate curiosity, skepticism, objectivity; access information in a changing technological and social environment; work independently; make decisions; manage a project through to completion; use resources to address problems