Human Ecology's applied, pre-professional curriculum is organized around contemporary social topics and issues - Design and Technology; Development and the Life Course; Economic and Social Well-being; and Human Nutrition, Health and Genomics - not simply academic disciplines. 

Our academic majors are firmly grounded in the social, natural and physical sciences, and design to create dynamic, interdisciplinary fields of study. This allows our students to explore their interests in a broader context and to understand and analyze issues from multiple perspectives.

While our Bachelors of Science degree programs are focused on pre-professional study, there is no prescribed way to prepare for careers in business, health/medicine, or law, or just one way to be creative in the college or at Cornell University. Any major allows students to take prerequisite courses for professional and graduate school.

Majors

Design + Environmental Analysis (DEA) combines innovative design thinking with insightful design research to understand how the built environment impacts our daily lives. Through multi-disciplinary training in human-centered design, environmental psychology, ergonomics, and facility strategy and management we tackle problems from a systems view – people, process, and place – to create strategic, sustainable, and healthy futures by design.
A multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how the built environment impacts our daily lives focusing on design strategy, sustainable futures and health and wellness…

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Study the art of fashion design and the business of designing, marketing, and manufacturing apparel in a global production system. Students develop an understanding of fashion and the creative process, aesthetics, and technical skills, and apply management and marketing principles to this specialized industry within the context of an Ivy League university education. This is the only fashion design  and management major in the Ivy League.
A design-centered program in Fashion Design, Technical Apparel Design, and Fashion Design Management...

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Fibers are a one dimensional material, making it especially unique. The fiber industry needs people who understand this property and the distinct process to develop and make fibers. Properties of length, strength, and failure rates must be understood in a way that differ from other materials as these properties are mission critical.
Build on foundations in the natural, life, and physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics to develop and control fiberous materials to positively impact society...

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This major is for first year applicants only

The Global and Public Health Sciences (GPHS) major applies comprehensive, multidisciplinary perspectives to public health research, problems, and solutions. Sustained improvement of the health of populations requires an approach that involves the biomedical, social, behavioral, political and environmental sciences, and consideration of the cultural context.
A focus on preventive, population-level solutions to health issues in domestic and international settings...

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The Human Biology, Health, and Society major provides a strong background in human biology while preparing students to investigate health issues from a social science perspective. The biological bases of health and illness of individuals are critically examined alongside  the social, psychological, economic, cultural, and policy aspects. In addition, coursework in Nutritional Sciences allows students to  comprehensively and holistically focus on health and wellness.
The biological bases of health and illness are critically examined alongside the social, psychological, economic, cultural, and policy aspects...

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Human Development is a multidisciplinary field of study that spans development across the life course. Human Development majors explore the psychological, social, cultural, and biological development of people from conception through old age, focusing on the  processes and mechanisms of growth and change over the life span. An important emphasis is the role that social factors such as  schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and culture play in human development, as well as the influence that developing humans have on their environment.
A multidisciplinary field of study that spans development across the life course and explores the psychological, social, cultural, and biological development of people...

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The Nutritional Sciences major provides a thorough foundation in basic life sciences and teaches how nutrition affects the well-being of  individuals, families, communities, and nations. 
A thorough foundation in basic life sciences and how nutrition affects the well-being of individuals, families, communities, and nations...

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Policy Analysis and Management students and faculty study the effects of government policies on individuals and families, public health, education, crime, product markets, financial markets, and a variety of other social impacts. The major’s unique strength stems from the research tools learned and used – robust theory, rigorous empirical quantitative skills, analytical thinking and planning, practical  applications to real world policy issues – all of which are highly sought after by the best in government and industry.
A focus on effects of government policies on individuals and families, public health, education, crime, product markets, financial markets, and a variety of other social impacts...

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The United States health care system spans the public and private sectors and is regulated in large part by policy decisions that impact individuals, families, and communities. Students drawn to understanding the complexities and broad implications of the healthcare industry- its management, delivery, cost, equity, and advancements- will find the Health Care Policy (HCP) major, offered by Policy Analysis and Management Department, especially compelling.
A social science-based major that provides students in-depth training in health policy analysis and requires a strong foundation in natural sciences...

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